Date: December 17, 1998
Contact: Brian Laubscher (540) 463-8676
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Will Baker, Ritchey, and Granger Earn First Team Honors, Batcheller Honorable Mention

LEXINGTON, Va. - Washington and Lee senior tight end David Ritchey (McLean, Va./Langley), senior offensive lineman Marc Granger (Midlothian, Va./Clover Hill), sophomore defensive back Will Baker (Birmingham, Ala./Mountain Brook), and junior quarterback Christian Batcheller (Stuart, Va./Patrick County) were all named the the VaSID College Division All-State Football team on Thursday.

Ritchey earned First Team honors after catching 25 passes for 365 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He paced W&L with a 14.6 yards per catch average and had the Generals' longest pass reception (52 yards) of the season. Earlier this season, he was named Second Team All-ODAC.

Granger earned First Team laurels for the second-straight year, leading a W&L offensive line that allowed just 19 sacks in 285 passing situations and helped the Generals average 317.0 yards of total offense per game, the highest total in over 30 years. He is a two-time First Team All-ODAC honoree as well.

Baker backed up his First Team All-ODAC selection by being named to the First Team as well. He led the W&L defense with 84 tackles and four interceptions, and was second on the team in pass breakups (8).

Batcheller garnered honorable mention honors after completing 167-of-280 attempts (59.6%) for 1,813 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season. His 118.43 quarterback rating led the league. Batcheller was a First Team All-ODAC pick this season.

Emory & Henry and Randolph-Macon led all teams with seven members on the First Team and Virginia State wide receiver Damon Thompson was named the Player of the Year. Emory & Henry's Lou Wacker was named the Coach of the Year.

Teams making up the college division are Emory & Henry, Newport News Apprentice, Clinch Valley, Randolph-Macon, Ferrum, Bridgewater, Washington & Lee, Hampden-Sydney, Virginia Union, and Virginia State.


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