Lake Dallas senior Ryan Depperschmidt has forged a Falcon career that few others can claim.
A two-sport athlete, Depperschmidt served as quarterback for the football team and as a key contributor on the diamond, becoming a staple in the top of the Lake Dallas order and splitting time between center field and the mound. On the gridiron, the numbers are eye-popping – in his junior and senior campaigns combined, the senior threw for more than 4,700 yards and accounted for more than 70 touchdowns.
When the 2019 postseason run from the Lake Dallas baseball team concludes, however, Depperschmidt will also close the book on his prolific athletic career.
It’s a decision that the senior reflected upon as being indicative of the biggest change in himself over his years in green and white – when the dust settles, the big picture of Depperschmidt’s life is about more than what happens between the lines.
“Sports have always been a huge part of my life, and I’m very thankful to have been put in the position I was. … One of the biggest things that’s changed over the past four years is just looking at a bigger picture and realizing sports aren’t everything,” he said. “Sports didn’t work out for me. We have a bunch of kids that I’m happy sports worked out for them. … [But] having that backup plan and being able to really put 110% effort to that and go to a school that I want to go to and study a major that I want to study – that’s kind of the thing that’s changed over the past four years with me.”
Depperschmidt will head to the University of Texas at Austin to study civil engineering, a move he described as a longtime goal. He said that it was a decision finally solidified by a recruiting process that didn’t line up as he’d planned.
“That’s always been a dream of mine, to go to Texas and to also study civil engineering – building structures, roads, buildings, stuff like that. … It’s just been a dream come true and an awesome opportunity for me,” he said.
Still, the former quarterback is grateful for his time as a Falcon and aware of the impact he’s had on those around him.
While he said he views himself as a leader for his teammates, particularly through his play, Depperschmidt hopes his legacy will extend beyond simple athletic prowess.
“I hope I just left my legacy on Lake Dallas as a whole,” he said. “Academically, athletically, as a leader and a role model in the school – I’ve done everything that I can to set myself up for the future. … I just hope, all-around, I’ve left a mark on Lake Dallas High School.”
Looking back on a career of moments, from a wild comeback victory in the 2017 bi-district football playoffs over Frisco Reedy to the Falcons’ current charge in the 5A baseball tournament, Depperschmidt found it difficult to settle on a single memory.
Instead, he said, he’ll remember most the relationships he built in a community where “everybody knows everybody,” from his parents to coaches throughout the Lake Dallas school system and beyond and the teammates he went to battle with.
“That’s one of the things I’m going to miss the most and one of the memories that I’ll remember for the rest of my life. Just kind of the off-the-field stuff,” he said. “Developing those relationships with my teammates and being able to do things that are fun with them and then take the field on Friday night. … I’m really thankful I got to experience that with them. It was a good group of guys.”
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