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Alma’s Hayes does it the right way 4/22/22

Alma’s Hayes does it the right way 

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


Alma baseball coach Brian Fry could easily see his son, Maddox, working for Lucas Hayes one day in some capacity or another. 


Smart and athletic, Hayes’ exploits go far beyond the baseball field at Alma High School. 


He plays a mean bassoon, too. 


In fact, Hayes’ love of music didn’t stop with learning one instrument. 


“During marching season, I play for an ensemble,” he said. “I play things like the xylophone or the marimba, then in concert season I play the bassoon.”


Music struck a chord with Hayes when he was young.


“I love music,” Hayes said. “When I was younger, I did piano, and then I started singing at a young age with people from church. Once I got to middle school, I did both — choir and band. But when I got to high school, I had to learn something else (for band), so I learned how to play percussion to be able to stay in band. I started loving that just as much as playing the bassoon.


“(But) I fell in love with the bassoon.”


In addition to locking down at third base, where he started for three seasons, Hayes is involved in Boy Scouts, too, progressing from Tiger Cub to Eagle Scout. 


And he makes good grades, too. 

  • 3rd place State Science Fair Junior Division 2019
  • 2nd place State History Day 2021
  • 4th place State Science Fair 2022
  • 1st overall 12th-grade project Regional Science Fair 2022
  • 1st place Regional History Day 2022
  • 34 ACT Superscore
  • Valedictorian 
  • All-Academic 4 years
  • All-State Choir 2020
  • All-State Band 2020-2022
  • Member of the National Honor Society


“Somewhere around middle school we started going to Boy Scouts,” Hayes said. “I’ve been an actual Boy Scout since sixth grade. It’s helped not necessarily to just manage time, but also to be accountable. That helped me be accountable for my grades, especially. 


“It made me feel responsible for myself and keep my grades where they need to be.”


Hence, Fry can envision Hayes’ future. 


“I told his dad (Thomas) when he was cooking hamburgers at our Wood Bat Tournament, I think so much of Lucas that I hope my son one day works for him because he does it right every day,” Fry said. “It doesn’t matter what kind of day he’s had or the outcome of a game, he’s the exact same guy every day.”


“I love coach Fry,” Hayes said. “He’s really taught me a lot about baseball. A lot of the coaching determines the aspect of how we play and how we act on the field.”


The Airedales may not boast the best overall record among 5A-West teams, but they carry themselves well. 


“We’re going to act right,” Fry said. 


Hayes saw limited playing time as a freshman, batting 1-for-4 during former coach Kevin Edwards’ final season. 


“I personally loved coach Edwards, but I know he was frustrated, and that made it really hard,” Hayes said. “I learned a lot that year.”


From an early age, Boy Scouts helped Hayes learn to focus.


“When I was little, it taught me a lot of responsibility for doing things myself,” Hayes said. “It didn’t necessarily teach me to grow up early, but understanding what I need to do, to grow up. It taught me a lot about helping others. A lot of community service I did, I was able to do at a young age, and really that helped develop me into the person I am now with Student Council and NHS (National Honor Society).”