• Bill Caine, Woodford Sun Staff

Hunter Hilbert signs with Indiana University Southeast

HUNTER HILBERT signs his letter of intent to attend Indiana University Southeast on Friday, Dec. 5 in the WCHS library. From left: Hilbert’s mother Carol Broughton, Hunter Hilbert and Hilbert’s father, Roger Hilbert. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Woodford County High School Senior Hunter Hilbert fulfilled a life long dream of playing college baseball on Friday, Jan. 5 when he signed his letter of intent to play ball at the University of Indiana Southeast. The signing was part of a ceremony held in the WCHS library where friends and family gathered to celebrate Hilbert's achievement.

“It's a great day for our school,” said WCHS Athletic Director Dennis Johnson. “Hunter worked hard and paid the price to have a chance to succeed at the college level so we are here to celebrate that today.”

Hilbert came onto the high school baseball scene as a catcher but was converted to a pitcher and he has seen success with the change.

“Coach Paul Patterson came in and saw something in me as a pitcher and we made the transition from catcher to pitcher at the beginning of my sophomore year,” said Hilbert. “The road has been long, I've had injuries, I have had doubts but I stayed the course and we are here today. It's a wild feeling.”

In the short term, Hilbert has his eyes set on a high school state championship in 2018.

“We have the team to do it,” said Hilbert. “We have a group that works hard and I can't wait for the season to get started and play ball.”

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