Family, classmates and coaches gather in Ripon High School’s community room to support Hunter Schneider as he signs his letter of intent.
Family, classmates and coaches gather in Ripon High School’s community room to support Hunter Schneider as he signs his letter of intent.

   The last couple of words Hunter Schneider’s grandpa told his dad before passing away last April were “Tell the kids to play good ball.”

   Hunter did just that and was rewarded Wednesday, Feb. 6 as the Ripon High School senior signed his letter of intent to play Division II football for the University of Sioux Falls Cougars in the fall.

   He did so in front of family, classmates and coaches in the high school’s community room.

   Hunter is coming off a senior season in which he led Ripon in receiving (467 yards on 34 receptions), tackles (82), tackles for losses (13), sacks (seven). He also forced a fumble and recovered one.

   In addition, Hunter handled the punting duties for the Tigers and averaged 37.2 yards on 35 attempts, while pinning four inside the 20-yard line.

   As a result of his performances, he was named first-team all-conference in the East Central as a defensive end and punter and received second-team honors as a tight end.

Read the full story in the Feb. 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.