Purcellville, VA (Apr. 9, 2016) – Few high school athletes have the talent or determination necessary to compete at an elite level in three different varsity sports. Loudoun Valley’s Trey McDyre not only participated in baseball, basketball and football with the Vikings, but he excelled in each sport, lettering 11 times, all while maintaining over a 3.9 GPA.
McDyre’s legendary prep journey has culminated in a spot on the baseball roster at Liberty University, the sport that he has always considered his strength and primary passion. He is currently competing in his final baseball season with the Vikings in his fourth time on varsity, as they sit at 5-1 early in the year.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound shortstop began his high school sports journey by playing football on the freshman squad in the fall of 2012. That was the last time McDyre did not play at the varsity level in any sport, as he was moved up from JV to varsity prior to the start of the regular season in both baseball and basketball as a freshman.
“As a freshman I came out late to baseball because of basketball, we were in states,” McDyre said. “So I started out on JV, but after the first scrimmage I got moved up to varsity. I had the shortstop spot and I had that locked in, coach told me that was my spot unless I lose it and that he trusted me. I’ve been playing there ever since.”
With one baseball 3A state championship and another baseball state runner-up, first-team all-region and second team all-state awards in basketball along with an undefeated regular season as a senior, and first team all-conference and second team all-region awards in football, McDyre has little left to do to cement his high school legacy, now in his final season of his final sport.
Yet, the infielder has high hopes for his 2016 campaign with the Vikings under Coach Wayne Todd.
“I definitely want to play in another state championship game, I want to be able to win the conference and the region on the way, I think it would be good for the team to do that,” McDyre said. “And then hopefully be recognized as first team all-conference would be nice for me, but as long as the team does well I think we’ll be good.”
McDyre has the rare opportunity to join three of his Viking teammates on the diamond next year at Liberty. Two Vikings from the class of 2015 are currently playing for the Flames as freshman, pitcher Jack DeGroat and outfielder Sam Urban. Joining McDyre from the class of 2016 next year will be catcher Hunter Gore, making a strong Purcellville contingency in Lynchburg.
“Just getting to play with those three other guys that I’ve been playing with for pretty much all my life through little league, it’s going to be a lot of fun,” McDyre said.
This is no coincidence, however, as the Vikings have played in four state playoff games at the Liberty Baseball Stadium over the past two seasons, a new $5 million facility that is one of the best in the country. Not only did playing in the stadium put Liberty to the forefront of the Vikings’ minds, but it also gave the Flames’ coaching staff a chance to see the kids in action.
“I’ve seen their facilities playing down there twice and they are incredible, I think they have the fourth-ranked baseball stadium in the nation, which is pretty great,” McDyre said.
As a sophomore, McDyre and his Vikings teammates soared through the 2014 Virginia 3A playoffs, easily defeating Poquoson in the championship game, 9-1, playing each of the final two post-season games in Lynchburg.
“That was pretty incredible,” McDyre said, “the team we beat in the championship we had beaten before in the regional championship, so we were pretty confident going in, but they were a really good team. It was just a great team win because everyone contributed and I just remember the last play of the game, everyone dog-piling after Brandon Grayson made the last out.”
The squad was able to return to the 3A state title game in Lynchburg in 2015 for McDyre’s junior season, but they fell just one run short against Lafayette, 5-4. Despite the loss, McDyre went 3-6 with a double and two runs over the two games at Liberty that post-season, perhaps leaving a lasting image with the Flames’ coaches.
“In the bottom of the seventh inning, I’m on second base and there’s two outs and we weren’t able to get the run in, so it was pretty heartbreaking,” he said.
Now as a senior, McDyre wants nothing more than to return to Liberty one last time as a Viking before joining the program in the fall.
Thus far, senior year has been good to the budding baseball prospect in every sport. The football team had a solid 7-3 finish while the basketball team ran through the regular season unbeaten before eventually falling in the playoffs, ending the year at an astounding 26-1. Meanwhile, the baseball team came hot out of the gates, winning their first four games.
The success of the basketball team this winter was truly remarkable when considering the youth of this years’ Vikings squad. McDyre, a guard/forward, was the only senior seeing significant minutes, and the top three scorers comprised of two sophomores and a junior. Yet, McDyre’s defensive-minded presence and senior leadership helped the team pile up win after win.
“It was really exciting, we only had three games we didn’t win by double-digits this year,” he said. “It was definitely a fun ride, we all enjoyed the games. We all played really well together, no matter which five were on the court.”
Sophomore Jordan Miller led the way with 16 points per game, followed by junior Nick Ball and sophomore Jalen Williams. Although McDyre’s scoring was slightly down this year, his importance to the team was as high as ever.
“It’s kind of crazy to think a 26-1 team is going to only graduate three seniors, so I think next year they are expecting the same kind of play,” McDyre said. “Jason (Yoxthimer), Daniel (Traub) and I were the three seniors, we kind of took on a leadership role. None of us are really that vocal, but we just tried to lead by example.”
As a junior, McDyre earned first-team all-region and second team all-state recognition for his well-balanced game on the court.
The awards did not end on the hardwood, however, as he was first team all-conference and second team all-region as a utility player on the gridiron as a senior. Over his three years starting on varsity, McDyre was a valuable contributor in every phase as he saw time at quarterback, receiver, running back, safety, linebacker, punter, and kick returner. Yes, it appears the term “utility” player is well fitting.
“Being first team utility player was kind of nice, it says I did more than just one thing, which I thought was kind of special,” he said.
With his versatility in life, his diverse skill-set on the football field should come as no surprise. In his three years on varsity, the Vikings amassed a record of 27-9, never dropping more than three games in a single season.
McDyre hopes his high school career will show that playing multiple sports can be beneficial to young athletes.
“Hopefully I’ll leave a positive legacy, that you can play more than one sport, even three sports in high school, and still be successful enough to make it to the next level,” he said. “A lot of people try to specialize, and I think the more sports you play the more well-rounded of an athlete you can be.”
He believes that he had an edge in baseball by utilizing the skills he gained from his other sports. Playing football made him more aggressive while basketball improved his quickness and kept him light on his feet.
With basketball and football now in the rear-view mirror for McDyre, he is focusing on finishing his prep baseball career strong and getting ready for the higher competition level at the next stage.
“Everyone is going to be a stud at the next level,” he said, “everyone was that kid in high school who was a star, so it will be about who can standout among the all-stars.”
McDyre hopes to separate himself with his ability to cover a lot of ground defensively in the infield and with his strong arm. He considers himself a line-drive hitter but can also hit for power. He does hope to improve his speed both with the bat and in his feet before joining the Flames.
Although he is eager to begin the next phase of his athletic career, he will never forget the last four years and the relationships he has built.
“I will definitely miss the locker room more than everything else,” McDyre said. “I will miss playing with my teammates and friends, not just on the field but the off-the-field moments that we’ve had, it will definitely be something I will look back on and miss.”
Fortunately for him, he will have no shortage of Vikings by his side in Lynchburg. If McDyre, DeGroat, Gore and Urban achieve the same type of success they did together in Purcellville, the Flames will be in good hands for several years to come.
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