2003-06-06 / Sports

Richard George Snags Baseball Scholarship

Richard George Snags Baseball Scholarship Loyola ‘Athlete of the Year’ Does Rockaway Proud

Richard George recently signed to play Division I baseball at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey.Richard George recently signed to play Division I baseball at St. Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Ever since Richard George was a four-year-old t-baller in Nashville, Tennessee, he wanted to play pro sports. If he wasn’t watching his beloved Chicago Cubbies, or his dad’s "Yankee baseball", he was throwing, catching, shagging, and hitting baseballs (sometimes even imaginary ones) As he matured and played with the senior league in Rockaway Little League, St. Thomas More CYO, the Broad Channel Little League and numerous All-Star travel teams, he set his immediate goals on playing varsity baseball in high school.

Seeing that dream through and lettering for four years, and serving as team captain for the past two, Richard concentrated on nailing a position on a college team. Well, that little t-baller just learned that he made the next step up the ladder. Just before graduating from high school last week, on May 20, 2003, he signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, NJ. Saint Peter’s College is a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference [MAAC]. Richard also received the prestigious Pavonia Scholarship, a Jesuit academic award, from St. Peter’s College. He will be following his sister, Victoria Ward George, to St. Peter’s this fall. Victoria is a 2001 graduate of the school, where she is now employed as an admissions counselor.

Richard was also recently named "Athlete of the Year" for 2002-03 at The Loyola School, his high school alma mater at a recent awards night for graduating seniors. This year Richard tied for most goals scored on the soccer team, led The Loyola Knights with 18ppg in basketball, while being named to the All-Tournament Team in the Peg Dugan Tournament and The Loyola Christmas Tournament. Richard was also a first-team All-League selection in the ISAL. In baseball, Richard was named to the All-League team for the fourth consecutive year, only the second person in league history to attain that distinction as an All-Leaguer for all four years of his high school career.

Richard is the son of Joan and Richard George, of Belle Harbor; younger brother to Victoria, and big brother to Anthony, another slugger in his own right. Although Richard is not ruling out playing shortstop for the Cubbies, or the New York Yankee organization, he will be concentrating his efforts over the next four years studying Communications, with the goal of making his way in life as a radio or television sports broadcaster.

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