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Sports Spotlight - Windermere Observer: Patrick Hunter

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Windermere Prep three-sport standout Patrick Hunter is the Lakers lacrosse team's second-leading goal scorer and leader in points this spring.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Patrick Hunter stays busy as a student at Windermere Prep, playing for the Lakers football, soccer and lacrosse teams. This spring on the lacrosse field, he is the second-leading goal scorer (22) and the leader in points (goals plus assists; 38) for the Lakers (7-5).

 
It’s your senior season, and the team is playing well and above .500 so far. What’s that mean to you?

Coming into the season, we weren’t too sure what to expect — we lost a lot of great players the past two years. It means a lot to be above .500 and playing really well. Hopefully we can keep doing it throughout the rest of the season and make a run in districts.

 

High-school athletes playing three sports is becoming rare. Why do you do it?

For one, it’s just a lot of fun for me. I get to play sports with my friends and keep myself doing something that’s other than school. It’s great to build relationships with the coaches. We have JoJo Marasco here, who’s amazing and plays in the MLL (Major League Lacrosse) and then coach (Jacob) Doss, who has college experience, and coach (Jonathan) Griffiths, who’s from Wales.

 
What’s it been like to play for a professional player such as JoJo Marasco?
 

It’s great. He came here my freshman year, and I’ve played for him all throughout high school. I’ve learned a lot from him. He’s brought a lot of experience from playing at Syracuse, the MLL and now for the USA, too. He’s really been able to build a program.

 

Which win of the six are you most proud of so far?

Probably the Olympia game — we won 15-14 in overtime. I was lucky enough to get the winning goal in overtime.

 

What are your prospects for college?

I’ve got into Butler, Mercer, Miami (Ohio) and Rollins so far. I’m waiting to hear back from Wake Forest and Colgate.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for ObserverPreps.com, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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