Scholar Athlete: Ryan Dils

Two-time class president leads Bulldogs in three sports

HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hamburg senior Ryan Dils is the latest News 4 Scholar Athlete. Dils plays three sports: Baseball, volleyball and basketball.

It doesn’t stop him from maintaining a grade point average that places him twelfth in his graduating class of nearly 300 students.

“I take it day by day,” says Dils. “I can’t look too far ahead with all I have to do.”

“He is the perfect example of this Chinese proverb, ‘get knocked down seven times, stand up eight,'” says Dils’ coach and teacher, Derek Hill. “He’ll always look for a challenge and when he finds one, boom, he goes and does it.”

Dils has served as class president twice in his four years at Hamburg. He also served as treasurer his sophomore year.

Dils also volunteers, particularly in autism-related activities. His younger brother has autism, leading Dils and a group of people every year to run as “Carter’s Crew” in Run the Burg. He also works with the Challenger Baseball League as a buddy. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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