High Five: Pam Pack senior finishes football, basketball is next

Published 5:59 pm Friday, November 26, 2021

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Ryan Spruil participates in football, basketball and track at Washington High School. The senior recently completed his final high school football season and moved directly to the hardwood as basketball season begins.

Spruil played on varsity as a sophomore, was All-Conference at cornerback as junior and intercepted six passes this fall. He averaged 22.8 yards per catch on 21 receptions, including five for touchdowns. He is also a member of the National Honor Society with a 4.35 GPA.


  1. What was the most fun about playing football at WHS?


Ryan: Being around my teammates and working toward having a successful season. I’ve played with a lot of these guys for a long time and it was fun being part of the team on a daily basis. Terry (Moore) talked me into playing in sixth grade at P.S. Jones and I’ve been with these guys ever since. I only played basketball before that.


  1. What game stands out if you had to pick one?


Ryan: This year at Ayden-Grifton. We won 47-14 and I caught a touchdown pass, intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble. It was a close game until the fourth quarter and we needed to win to get a better playoff seed.


  1. In what area have you improved the most during your high school career?

Ryan: My speed. I was around a 5.0 in the 40 (yard dash) as a freshman and I’m about 4.35 now. Coach Owens also coaches track and he’s worked with me a lot in the morning during the summer. I’ve lifted weights and run a lot to get faster and it all helped.


  1. What do you like to do when you are not studying or playing a sport?


Ryan: I work at Highway 55 in Washington and I also like to hang out with my friends. I enjoy art and like to be creative. I took Art here at WHS with Ms. Morris and like to draw self-portraits.


  1. What are your plans after graduation?

Ryan: I’ve already been accepted into several state schools, including UNC and N.C. St, but would like to play football if it’s the right fit. I got my first offer recently from St. Augustine in Raleigh. I’m planning on majoring in business with an accounting background so I can learn the financial side early. I want to own my own business someday, maybe a men and women’s clothing store.