Male athlete of the month: Hunter Aeschbacher 

Hunter Aeschbacher 

By Balinda Zimmerman

Hunter was born to Jennifer McGhee Aeschbacher and Tom Aeschbacher of West Virginia and Buffalo, New York respectively. He is the older of two boys, arriving November of 2000 at St. Joe Hospital in Ann Arbor. His 12-year-old brother, Logan, is also an athlete and attends Milan Middle School.
Hunter comes from a sports family with his mom having played tennis and his dad doing very well in baseball until he threw out his shoulder in college. Hunter began playing T-ball at age 6 and football at age 8 but didn’t settle on one or the other until high school.  
He played travel baseball for the Milan Dawgs for a number of years before he began playing for Milan High School. He was then part of the 2014 MHS baseball team that played in Comerica Park in Detroit going from junior varsity to varsity baseball as a freshman where he was known for stealing bases. He was unable to continue his sophomore year due to injuries the previous football season. The highlight of his baseball career was at age 14 when he became National All-Star center fielder in the Kentucky National Baseball Tournament.
Hunter played youth league football for Lincoln until he began attending MHS. He then played junior varsity football for MHS as a freshman and moved to Varsity as a sophomore where he earned a spot on the All League-Second Team. This season Hunter made every effort to impress and earned several prestigious awards. For 2017 he earned the following titles: First Team All League, First Team All Region, Ann Arbor Dream Team Offensive Player of the Year and last but certainly not least, the number ONE kick returner in the State, running four kickoffs for touchdowns. He also racked up a total of 1,098 yards and 12 touchdowns on 140 carries and caught 11 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown score.
Hunter carries a 3.2 GPA and is looking at Nebraska, Tennessee, Illinois, and possibly Western Illinois as college choices. He is studying Advanced Algebra, Integrated Math, Integrated English, Civics and Botany. He explained that Botany is harder than the thought it would be but he would like to become a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officer or a hunting and fishing guide and botany would be beneficial in either of those fields. Coming from a family of avid hunters and woodsmen he enjoys Deer hunting as well as goose and duck hunting. He shared that his dad went through college to be a DNR officer and the idea appeals to him because he does not have a lot of patience for those that break hunting laws.
For hobbies, Hunter enjoys a little X-Box (Call of Duty), practicing football and lifting at Barwis Methods in Canton. He is currently benching 315 lbs, squatting 445 lbs and dead lifting 460 lbs.
Hunter looks forward to his senior year at Milan and is already looking at setting new goals for the football season and beyond. The Eagle typically features seniors during the school year but State record holders are exceptions to the rule and we wish Hunter the best of luck continuing his high school football career and beyond.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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