‘Ray’s Roost’ now empty

  • Ray Seeley holds the plaque that will be displayed in the lobby of Hilliard’s gymnasium. He is joined by family members after Coach Tara Franklin announced his retirement Saturday evening.
    Ray Seeley holds the plaque that will be displayed in the lobby of Hilliard’s gymnasium. He is joined by family members after Coach Tara Franklin announced his retirement Saturday evening.
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The “Voice of Hilliard” was honored Saturday night as he came out of retirement for one final game. He sat at a table below “Ray’s Roost,” a media box accessed by ladder where he had sat in for years as he served as basketball game announcer.

Ray Seeley served as announcer at basketball, softball, volleyball and football games for 45 years, but retired earlier this basketball season.

Seeley moved to Hilliard in 1970. Hilliard regained a high school in 1975 and since then, Seeley has helped coach basketball, ran the clock at games, lined the football field for the school’s first football team and began as an announcer at football games.

“Mr. Ray’s voice was so distinctive that soon other coaches had to have him announcing their games,” Coach Tara Franklin said while presenting Seeley with a plaque Saturday night. 

The plaque will be displayed in the lobby of the school gymnasium.

“Mr. Ray, along with our community, Hilliard Middle-Senior High School would like to thank you for all the countless hours you have spent announcing our games, volunteering at our school and for being such a devoted Flashes fan. Your voice will be sorely missed and no one will ever replace you.”