Article by Ian Grande
It was around 10 p.m. on Tuesday night that I received word that former Kenmare standout Hunter Rodin was involved in a truck crash earlier that night and was airlifted to Minot.
Word of the accident continued to spread throughout the next 24-48 hours and support for the recent graduate poured in throughout northwest North Dakota.
Throughout this week it became clear that this young man has already left an incredible impact on a lot of people. It also demonstrated to me, once again, that the small communities in our region are quick to stand up for each other in times of need.
I think back to a few years ago when three students from Ray were tragically killed in a car accident, the support from the region was amazing. The same outpouring of support was evident when popular Stanley teacher/coach Lyne Enget was taken too soon a couple of years ago.
Hunter is obviously much more than just a standout athlete, but an incredible athlete he is. I had pleasure of witnessing this young man’s dominance over the last couple of years, here is a quick recap of some of the highlights:
Rodin set multiple national passing records for the Kenmare football team, helping guide his team to the playoffs. See article: Rodin breaks multiple passing records, Kenmare cruises in first round of playoffs
He led his team to a Region 8 championship his junior season. He was named co-Region 8 player of the year in Basketball his senior season. He was also named to the All-State and Lions All-Star teams.
His performance against the Stanley Blue in the team’s regular season meeting was incredible. The Honkers trailed by 17 points before Rodin led a comeback to erase the deficit in what felt like 2 minutes. (See Highlights below)
The most memorable highlight for me was when Hunter and his brother Jacob combined to score 6 points in 2.8 seconds during their Region 8 semifinal victory over Parshall. (See Highlight Below)
Just when I thought I had seen it all from Rodin, the M-L-S-K-G-B baseball team rolled into town. As the Muskrats took the field for warmups I notice that Rodin would be pitching against our team. I had never seen him play baseball before but it took about 1 inning for me to realize that “Standout Pitcher” was another fitting title to add to Hunter’s resume. (See article: Rodin, Mavericks cruise past Blue Jays)
After mowing our team down in the regular season, Rodin pitched a gem to guide M-L-S-K-G-B past the loaded D-L-B Lakers in the Region 7 Baseball Tournament. The win would ultimately help them secure a berth in the State Baseball Tournament.
Hunter was incredible to watch out there on the field/court during his career, he was a true competitor in every sense of the word. That competitive drive will serve him well as he encounters the toughest battle of his life.
I have the utmost confidence that Hunter will come up with one more miracle, this time he has the whole region cheering him on.
*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com
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