It’s hard saying goodbye to a sport.
Just ask Bald Eagle Area’s Regan Dyke, who played her last official volleyball match last fall.
“I’m pretty sad, but it was time to be done,” she said. “I’m always going to miss it.”
While some high school standout athletes get to take their skills to the college level, Dyke is done. When she receives her diploma Saturday morning, she and her sore knee know it’s time to move on from competition.
“I’m 18 years old and I’m already broken,” lamented Dyke, who was honored, along with Austin Huyett, at the school’s sports banquet as the school’s winners of the annual James Snyder Awards on Friday night.
The award, sponsored by the Centre Daily Times, is given in memory of Snyder, a former CDT sports editor who was killed in an automobile accident in December of 1957. The award is given to senior male and female letterwinners who also demonstrate excellence in the classroom as well as being a good citizen in the school and community.
While Dyke and Huyett do not have college athletics in their futures, but can recall fondly being a part of milestone moments in Eagle athletics.
Dyke was a four-year starter at libero for the volleyball team, and as a sophomore the Lady Eagles won their first District 6 title and played in the PIAA tournament.
“That was quite the trip,” Dyke said. “That was a lot of fun. Nobody really expected us to go that far, and we had to beat the No. 1 seed to get to the district finals. It was a really good group of people on that team.”
Huyett played left back for the BEA soccer team that lost in the district finals last fall, but getting that far also put the Eagles into the PIAA tournament for the first time.
“It was a great group of guys and we really worked together as a team to get there,” Huyett said.
While neither will be competing collegiately, they also do not intend to separate themselves from sports.
Dyke has already been coaching with the Affinity Volleyball club program, mentoring girls 13 and under, teaching the basics of the sport. She also hopes to volunteer with the BEA program in the fall.
Huyett, a member of the BEA marching band and jazz band who plays the sousaphone and trombone, has dreams of joining Penn State’s Blue Band. Tryouts are in August.
“I’ve wanted to do that for a while,” he said. “I’ve always heard they are an awesome group. I know a few people who have been in (the Blue Band).”
During her career, Dyke earned first-team All-District 6 honors three times and first-team All-Mountain League honors twice, and leaves with the program’s career digs record.
The daughter of Kelly and Doug Dyke, the BEA athletic director, she is a National Honor Society member and has been in the Spanish Club and Future Business Leaders of America for four years, and also has participated in the Mock Trial and been a part of the Varsity Club.
She will be studying business administration with a concentration in finance and economics at Lock Haven this fall. She wanted to stay close to home so she could help with the Affinity and BEA teams, and also join her brother Ryan, who is a senior at Lock Haven.
Huyett was a member of the varsity soccer team for two years and competed with the track and field team for four years in the hurdles and high jump.
The National Honor Society member also has been a part of the Future Business Leaders of America and the Drama Club. Most recently he took the stage in productions of “The Addams Family” and “Murder for Dummies.”
He plans to study computer science engineering at Penn State, and he already has been honored for his programing skills. He and his team took fourth place in computer game simulation programing at the FBLA State Leadership Conference. They created a game that simulated a soccer player kicking the ball with multiple-choice questions and the possible answers in the nets.
Bald Eagle Area winners
1958 — Bob Shiffler
1959 — Al Hastings
1960 — Torry Confer
1961 — Tom Bowes
1962 — Bob Watson
1963 — Charlie Fisher
1964 — Barry Ellenberger
1965 — Bob Watson
1966 — Andy Confer
1967 — Jim Koshko
1968 — Larry Wiser
1969 — Walt McClincy
1970 — Steve Wiser
1971 — Rich Kochik
1972 — Dave Gardner
1973 — Al Fisher
1974 — Dave Pletcher
1975 — Steve Myers, Bonnie Hall
1976 — Jim Jones
1977 — Ron Hoover, Sheila Brumbaugh
1978 — Jeff Miles, Mary Lynne Dreibelbis
1979 — Todd Weaver, Susan Dreibelbis
1980 — Jay Jones, Trudy Walk
1981 — Todd Walters, Abbie Fisher
1982 — Mike Reed, Sherrie Brungart
1983 — Brian Rhoades, Lori Shiffler
1984 — Wade Pierson, Beth Hall
1985 — Kevin Peterson, Jennifer Jones
1986 — Jon Jones, Kelly Grieb
1987 — Dave Veneziano, Larie Tagliaboski
1988 — Doug Taylor, Tracy Koshko
1989 — Chad Caldwell, Christy Kasper
1990 — Keith Taylor, Lori Gravish
1991 — Matt Davidson, Ann Preslovich
1992 — Thomas Kasper, Becky Koleno
1993 — Steve Fisher, Beth Fisher
1994 — Josh Stauffer, Emily Stauffer
1995 — Dan Kasper, Jennifer Gillette
1996 — Michael Yeaney, Michele Daughenbaugh
1997 — Dave Urbanick, Mary Kasper
1998 — Curtis Markle, Jessica Cowan
1999 — Mike Maney, Jennifer Heverly
2000 — Brett Cowan, Ashlee Fleck
2001 — Mark Jacobs, Kathy Kasper
2002 — Adam Nyman, Siobhan Garner
2003 — David Morgan, Colleen Reese
2004 — Michael Surovec, Angela Hoover
2005 — Seth Nyman, Megan Garner
2006 — Connor McGee, Amanda Reese
2007 — Chris Gingrich, Cara Becker
2008 — Ethan Corle, Carly Kristofik
2009 — Shane Robinson, Danielle Reese
2010 — Jonathan Gingrich, Nicole Reese
2011 — Justin Giedroc, Amber McClure
2012 — Kyle Frost, Abby Gettig
2013 — Jacob Taylor, Olivia Hardy
2014 — Zach Moody, Michelle Kachik
2015 — Brandon Gettig, Madeline Cingle
2016 — Michael Kachik, Sarah Van Cise
2017 — Austin Huyett, Regan Dyke