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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.


Hunter Rodin vs. Stanley (Photo by Ian Grande)

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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  1. Well said. As a DLB parent that has watched him, you are correct in your observations.great athlete and great kid.
    Though i have never met the Rodin family, from what I’m told they are a class act off the field also. Prayers for a recovery and strength for the family.


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