case 'Jesse Baker':
Richard Van Dyk
Richard Van Dyk graduated from Sumner High School in 1973 where he
played guard on the basketball and shortstop on the baseball before
later moving into slowpitch. As a shortstop on the diamond, he has
earned numerous all-tournament honors to go with several basketball
awards from his playing days at Centralia Community College.
Van Dyk earned the Defensive MVP award at the
Church World tournament in 1982 and 1991, and he was the overall MVP
at the 1993 tournament. He has been a member of three Church World
tournament championship teams and was inducted into the Washington
State USSSA Hall of Fame in 1995. He started out playing for the Van
Dyk Dairy team but achieved most of his honors with People’s Church,
a nationally-known powerhouse ballclub.
Beyond his playing achievements, Van Dyk also
coached various basketball and baseball teams while his sons
competed in each sport. He is a retired dairy farmer and currently
lives in Des Moines, Wash.