Ryan Foht
Name: Ryan Foht
Team: Wilmington
Number: #44
Grade: 12
Height: 6' 3''
Weight: N/A
Position: F
Foht is Wilmington’s go-to guy until football ends


By JOHN D’ABRUZZO
jd’abruzzo@ncnewsonline.com

Right now, this is Ryan Foht’s team.

With the Wilmington High football team still alive in the PIAA playoffs, the Greyhounds’ boys basketball team is missing eight members, five of which are expected to be among coach Will Harris’ top seven players.

This leaves Foht as the only senior playing with nine underclassmen.

“What we have now, even with some guys not here, we always play as hard as we can,” Foht said. “We push to win every game, but when those guys come back, they’ll give us a boost of confidence and it will help us tremendously.”

Foht, a 6-foot-3 forward, shined over the weekend as he provided a pair of standout performances in the Jamestown Tipoff Tournament. In a 73-45 loss to Villa Maria on Friday night, Foht paced Wilmington with 18 points.

He followed up with a career-high 33 markers and 11 rebounds during the ’Hounds’ 72-37 victory over Tidoutte Prep Charter on Saturday.

“I had to step up and be a leader,” Foht said. “Being the only senior right now, I feel like I have to carry the team until the rest of the team returns and we can all get on the same page.”

For his performance, Foht is Lawrence County’s Athlete of the Week, as selected by The New Castle News sports staff. The award is sponsored by Washington Centre Physical Therapy.

“He brings experience, especially with this group,” Harris said. “He’s a scorer and that’s something I’m lacking right now, and 33 and 18 are pretty big numbers to put up.

“I told Ryan before this tournament we needed him to score 20 or more if we’re going to win. I told him not be happy if he scores 20 because we need more than that. And he wasn’t content. Obviously on Saturday, scoring 33 and that shows signs of leadership.”

Through 22 games last season, Foht averaged a mere 4.5 points per game.

“He’s always had the ability. The big thing with him is the confidence,” Harris said. “He worked a lot on his own during the offseason. He’s always had the ability and now he has the confidence to go with it.”

Harris is pleased with Foht’s leadership.

“That’s something we talked about the first day of practice, because he is our only senior,” Harris said. “I told him even when the football players come back, he needs to continue that leadership.

“He has stepped up and has been a leader by example and with positive reinforcement with the younger guys.”

It’s a role Foht is more than willing to accept.

“I want to be the high scorer, but I also want to be the leader on the floor,” Foht said. “I want to be positive and let people know what’s going on. It’s always important to have a leader. Even when Chris Burns comes back — and he and Shane Wagner are leaders — I still want to be a leader.”

Foht also knows Wilmington needs to keep improving.

“Our offensive game is pretty good, but I think we need to work on defense. Once we get that down and we have the confidence with our whole team together we’ll be good,” Foht said. “On Saturday, we did pretty good. That was still against a team that wasn’t as talented, but it gave us a chance to do really well.”

Harris knows help is on the way for Foht.

“I think some of the stress is going to be taken off his shoulders when the others get back.”
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