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Dylan Beasley Pitches for Nationals Affiliate
Elijah HirshIt’s not uncommon for college athletes to dream of a career in the professional ranks, but few ever get the opportunity to pursue that path. Count Dylan Beasley and Elijah Hirsh (19C) among that select group.

Just weeks after the completion of his junior season at Berry, Beasley (above) became the first Viking in the NCAA era selected in Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft. Taken in the 32nd round by the Washington Nationals, the son of longtime Berry baseball coach David Beasley got his first taste of professional baseball with the Nationals’ rookie affiliate in the Gulf Coast League but quickly earned promotion to the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League. Notably, he was the only junior in all of Division III taken in the draft. Read more.

Hirsh (right) has signed a two-year professional basketball contract with Elitzur Kiryat Ata. The club competes in Liga Leumit, one of the top Israeli basketball leagues and a member of FIBA Europe, a zone within the International Basketball Federation. Earlier this year, Hirsh capped his history-making Berry career as the 2019 Southern Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, averaging 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds in leading the Vikings to a 19-7 record, an NCAA program best.

While Beasley and Hirsh pursue professional success, their fellow Vikings are gearing up for another exciting year of Berry athletics. Fall semester is already off to a strong start, with preseason national rankings in volleyball, football and men’s golf. Visit berryvikings.com for complete coverage.

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Bob Ryan with Student Broadcasters

Above: Famed Boston Globe columnist and ESPN personality Bob Ryan, right, holds court with Berry student broadcasters Townsend Stewart, left, and Adekale Ande during a basketball game in the Cage Center.

Berry athletics got the “ESPN” treatment earlier this semester when sports reporting legend Bob Ryan joined students Adekale Ande and Townsend Stewart for the livestream of a men’s basketball game against Rhodes College.

Ryan, who visited campus at the request of Assistant Professor of Communication Dr. Daniel Sipocz, took to Twitter afterward to praise the experience, noting, “There’s so much more fun basketball beyond D1. Saw Berry’s Caleb Johnson and Elijah Hirsh put on a show vs. Rhodes tonight.”

The Berry students who shared the broadcast with Ryan were similarly impressed.

“I learned a lot from him in just the short amount of time he was here,” Ande said. “They were definitely some moments I’ll never forget.”

While on campus, Ryan engaged students in Berry’s sports communication concentration, sharing his own experiences, answering questions, signing autographs and even taking selfies with the aspiring sports journalists. A key theme of his presentation – stay true to your values, even as times change.

“For someone like Bob Ryan to speak publicly, visit classes, interact with our students and work with them on a broadcast is beyond measure in value,” Sipocz said.

By student writer Kendall Aronson

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