Ryan Mikesell: ‘To see (season) end like this makes my heart hurt’

Dayton honors its seniors at the last home game on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at UD Arena.

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Dayton honors its seniors at the last home game on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at UD Arena.

Fifth-year senior only player in school history to win three A-10 championships

Ryan Mikesell followed his fellow senior Trey Landers, who had written to fans on Instagram earlier in the night, with a heartfelt message on Thursday following the cancellation of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament and the NCAA tournament.

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The decision, based on the spread of the Coronavirus, ended the career of the fifth-year senior from.St. Henry. His final point total was 847.

“This one’s gonna be hard to type out,” Mikesell wrote. “First and foremost, I want to thank the University for giving me the opportunity to represent it for the past 5 years. To see it end like this makes my heart hurt, but I am so grateful to get the opportunity to play at UD. It was an honor to wear ‘Dayton’ across my chest, and it allowed me to create memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

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“I want to thank all my teammates, coaches, managers, academic advisors, and trainers who helped along the way. I want to give a special mention to my family and the people in St. Henry who supported me throughout my entire career. It meant everything to me to have that community following from the people back home. Lastly, I want to thank all of the Flyer fans who supported the team and myself along the way. It was not always pretty at times, but you guys stuck with us. Dayton will always have a special place in my heart. Thank you to everyone who helped create this amazing chapter in my life!”

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