Northeastern Michigan is rich with college bound sporting talent, with many athletes heading to schools around the nation to advance their educational and athletic careers.
Ryan Hendricks can now add his name to that ever-growing list of athletes.
Hendricks, a 2012 graduate of Alpena High School, will head to Delta College later this month and join the Pioneers' baseball team as an outfielder.
Former Alpena infielder Ryan Hendricks, right, signs his letter of intent to play at Delta College with Alpena baseball coach Phil Schultz by his side. Hendricks, who holds Alpena’s single season and career stolen bases records will join the Pioneers next season as an outfielder.
"Delta fits the type of game I play as well as my skill base," Hendricks said. "It really fit what I'm about as a player and what I want to accomplish."
Hendricks played varsity baseball at AHS for two seasons. He led the team in stolen bases each year and set a school record by with a career total of 70 stolen bases. He stole 32 bases in 2011 and 38 in 2012.
Hendricks, who often led off the Wildcats' batting order, was a strong hitter with a rock solid .392 batting average in 2011 and .364 in 2012. The Wildcats had a record of 17-17 during Hendricks' last year and were eliminated in the first round of district play.
Hendricks has earned an accolade of praise from his former coach Phil Schultz.
"Ryan's a great kid and a quiet leader," Schultz said.
Schultz also praised Hendricks for his calm personality, relaxed demeanor and great work ethic which he thought would help Hendricks succeed as a player in the future.
"Ryan gets along well with everyone on the team," Schultz said.
Hendricks had many schools interested in him, however both Schultz and Hendricks found that Delta was a good move for Hendricks. Finding a baseball program that fit his abilities was important to Hendricks and was why he had turned down offers from other schools.
"Ryan had many schools interested in him but Delta seemed to be the best fit. It's a good place for him to start a career and to build up his skills," Schultz said.
Hendricks was uncertain of whether he would be a starting player in his freshmen year.
"You have to earn the right to start," Hendricks said. "Nobody is assumed to be a starter."
Delta, a member of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association or MCCAA was 22-18 last year and 10-16 in league play.