Riley Dvorak to apply baseball talent in college

Senior shortstop, pitcher commits to University of St. Thomas

Mimi Fhima and Izzy Leviton

Malaika Bigirindavyi
After contacting multiple colleges this year, senior Riley Dvorak said he chose to attend University of St. Thomas, continuing his baseball career.

“I started with sending emails to a bunch of different schools that I wanted to go to. The schools replied, and I just kind of picked what was the best school for me,” Dvorak said.

Head baseball coach Brian Kelly said Dvorak’s strengths include his athletic ability and determination.

“A combination of (being an) extremely talented athlete, mixed with his work ethic, and his understanding of how to balance being a multisport athlete,” Kelly said.

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Dvorak said he feels relief knowing where he is attending college.  

“It feels super nice to know where you are going and not have to worry about getting into a school,” Dvorak said.

According to Kelly, he has seen Dvorak improve as a player and leader.  

“He’s always played up, he’s always played with older guys, so I’ve seen Riley grow,” Kelly said. “He’s not a very vocal guy, but he’s a leader in his own way where he leads by example.”

Dvorak said next year he looks forward to playing with a new group of talented athletes.

“Being with new people and a new team and kind of just starting all over — that will be fun,” Dvorak said.