Senior Spotlight: Gaylord St. Mary’s Hunter Trades in Baseball Cap for Pilot’s Hat

MISportsNow is putting the spotlight on northern Michigan high school senior student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

After leading Gaylord St. Mary to success on the gridiron, hardwood and diamond, Brady Hunter is trading in his ball cap for a pilot’s hat.

St. Mary’s starting quarterback and point guard, Hunter played a pivotal role in the Snowbirds reaching four consecutive MHSAA Division 4 baseball state semifinals – a streak that began when this year’s senior class was in eighth grade.

The Snowbirds posted an incredible 118-22-1 record over the last four years and felt that 2020 was their year to win it all.

“It has felt like it’s been building up to this year, even since we were in eighth grade,” Hunter said. “We went to the semifinals four years in a row. And we’ve been just pretty the much same thing; mostly seniors, a couple underclassmen and younger guys. This team’s really built on itself over the past couple of years. So, we were really looking forward to playing this season, and we wanted it all. We wanted the state championship.”

The coronavirus pandemic not only brought an end to Hunter’s baseball career but his scholastic athletic career as a whole.

“I had some offers and stuff, places that I could have gone for multiple sports, but once I finally made the decision, I was happy just because I was ready to move on,” Hunter said. “I love sports. I played them a long time, and it’s time for me to move on and take another step.”

As one door closes, another opens, as Hunter is now focused on his career in the skies.

“I’m attaining my pilot’s license, right now,” Hunter said. “I have my private and instrument already. I’m getting my commercial soon. And then I’ll just try to work and go to college at the same time. That’s what I’ve what I’ve wanted to do since I was young, that’s what my dad does he works for Southwest Airlines, so definitely always have that interest on the back of my head.”

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