Friday, February 10, 2012
ATHENA - Dallas Reich, a senior three-sport star at Weston-McEwen, has spent much of his life moving from one sport to another.
Reich has played in 13 seasons on the basketball court, 12 springs on the baseball diamond and nine years on the football gridiron.
His accolades as an individual include as a four-year letterman in all three sports.
Reich has garnered all-state honors and all-Blue Mountain Conference recognition throughout his high school career in all sports.
He has helped build the programs in each TigerScots sport, along with his coaches and teammates.
Last fall, Reich quarterbacked his team to an undefeated 9-0 regular-season record and led his team to the state semifinals.
Last spring, he pitched and hit his team to an 11-3 BMC record and the TigerScots' first trip to the playoffs in 15 years.
After helping Weston-McEwen to the state basketball tournament as a junior, Reich has led this year's TigerScots to a 16-5 record and they are on a 10-game winning streak heading into the last weekend of the regular season.
As a milestone among that success, Reich has scored 1,498 points in 93 games in his high school basketball career. His first basket here tonight against Stanfield - or his first two free throws, which ever comes first - will give him 1,500 points for his high school career.
Reich ranks third on his school's all-time scoring list, trailing only Tony Villanuea, a 1974 W-M graduate, and Doc Bassinger, who graduated from Weston in 1971. Villaneuva scored 1,660 points in his career, which spanned the 1973 merger of the high schools in Athena and Weston, while Bassinger finished his career with 1,652 points.
Reich, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, has as many as seven more games, including the postseason, to move up the all-time list. If he can average just over 23 points a game over those possible seven games, he will tie Villaneuva at the top of the list.
And his success in all three sports hasn't gone unnoticed, as several colleges have contacted Reich.
In basketball, Walla Walla University and Walla Walla Community College have expressed interest. On the gridiron, Reich has talked to Linfield, Pacific and Eastern Oregon. And Corban University has enquired about his interest in playing college baseball.
Reich is averaging 23 points, 8.5 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game this winter on the basketball court. He's shooting 51 percent from the field, 42 percent from downtown and 72 percent from the charity stripe.
As a scrambling quarterback the last two football seasons, he rushed 230 times for 1,581 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also completed 236-of-466 passes for 3,472 yards and 47 touchdowns. And as a receiver early in his career, he caught 34 passes for 558 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Following the 2011 season, Reich was selected to play in this summer's Oregon Shrine Game for all football classifications.
A five-tool player in baseball, Reich hit .397 with eight home runs, 29 stolen bases and 35 runs batted in in 25 games as a junior. In addition to his play at shortstop, he was a TigerScots mainstay on the mound, pitching two no-hitters and striking out 103 batters in 70 innings while posting a 3.57 earned run average and a 7-3 record.
Ask what sport Reich enjoys the most and he says basketball. Right now, that is.
But you can't rule out Reich changing his mind and turning to another of his favorite sports. Or perhaps deciding on a college where he can play multiple sports.
Only one thing about his college future is certain: Reich plans to stay close to home.
"I want to stay closer to home for college to be near my younger brother and family," Reich said. Cameron Reich, a 7-year-old first-grader at Athena Elementary School, is Dallas' only sibling.
All of his high-school coaches have good things to say about him.
TigerScots basketball coach Brian Pickard has watched Reich learn and grow. Pickard, a W-M graduate who scored more than 1,000 points in his TigerScots career, said that Reich has improved his game during his prep career.
Pickard said Reich has become an excellent shooter. He explained that Reich was mostly an athletic, quick scorer in the open floor. Now, Reich bombs from 3-point land and handles the ball very well.
"Dallas has spent a lot of time on his shot and ball-handling on his own," Pickard said. "He has made himself into a great shooter."
And Pickard appreciates Reich's leadership.
"Dallas sets a great example for his teammates off the court by staying out of trouble," Pickard said. "He is a good student, a good person and comes from a good family. Dallas also expects a lot from himself and his teammates on the court. They push each other to get better every day."
Weston-McEwen baseball coach T.J. Haguewood has similar thoughts on Reich.
"He is not just a good athlete, but a good person," Haguewood said. "His hand-eye coordination serves him well in all sports, and he's a real competitor who will do well in whatever sport he chooses to play in the future. An athlete like that has many options, which is great."
Haguewood believes Reich's talents would make him a good pitcher, shortstop or outfielder at the college level.
"If Dallas moves on to college baseball," Haguewood said, "he could work with a real pitching coach, improve his mechanics and add a good 5-to-7 miles-per-hour on his fastball. Dallas could also hit for a lot of power as a shortstop or use his speed in the outfield."
Reich's speed and athleticism could also make him into a good college quarterback, wide receiver or defensive back in football, W-M football coach Kenzie Hansell believes.
"Dallas has a great work ethic and is a talented athlete," Hansell said. "That is why he has so many options in college to play sports. He is going to be absolutely fantastic at whatever he chooses to do. I look forward to watching and supporting him in anything he chooses."
Hansell said Reich's great character and unselfishness will help him immensely.
"We have one rule on the Weston-McEwen football team," Hansell said. "It is that you do what you are asked to do when you are asked to do it. Dallas being Dallas, he has always wanted to follow that rule and do whatever was best for the team. He has been a great teammate, a good team captain and a second coach on the field. I will remember him most for the type of person he is - a great person."
Reich has similar admiration for his teammates and coaches.
"My coaches and teammates have been great friends and have meant everything to me," Reich said. "The coaches have kept me focused on sports. If we didn't have coaches, we couldn't have sports. We earn their respect and they get our respect. My teammates have helped me out and I know it takes a whole team to win. One person can't win a game. "
Possibly an even bigger influence and support system than his school has been his family - specifically, his father, Phil Reich.
"My dad always has positive things to say about me and sports," Dallas explained. "Sometimes he gets after me that I'm not working hard enough or doing something wrong, but we always work on it together, correct it and deal with it. My dad gets the best out of me. My dad has been helping me out and is my biggest fan."
Outside of sports, Reich spends time hunting ducks and geese with his dad and teammates. He also likes to bass fish with his dad.
Reich's long-term plans include a college degree in water fowl biology, and he plans to work around his hometown with improving wetlands and habitat for birds. He hopes to establish a Ducks Unlimited Corporation in the area.
Weston-McEwen's ASB president also plays the bagpipes in the band, and he has fond memories of a freshman trip to the East Coast.
"We fund-raised for three years, gathered up some of our own money and went to New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia to play the bagpipes," he said. "We went to Times Square, Mount Vernon, all kinds of museums and the Lincoln Memorial to perform. We almost always get a standing ovation and it is nice to have people tell you how much they enjoy hearing you play. It was a great trip and I am still playing the bagpipes."
Whether on the gridiron, basketball court, baseball diamond, in the classroom or playing the pipes, Dallas Reich has the talent to succeed.