Spotlight: Hunter Forester
The Tyler Star News’ Spotlight Athlete for the week of August, 15, 2018 is Silver Knights’ senior football star Hunter Forester. Watching from the sidelines and sitting in the press box the past three years, one name seemed to be heard quite a lot. At first this writer thought there might be two with the same name, but soon found out the Knights had a playmaker.
Hunter Forester (6-1, 210) may be, pound for pound, the toughest defender on the Knights squad. He’s also a very good offensive player who should get some calls carrying the ball this season. His stats for the past two years are impressive. He really started coming into his own his sophomore season, but last year was his breakout year as he led the Silver Knights in several categories.
From his linebacker spot, he was in on nearly every play that came his direction, and he covered the field well – coming up with eight fumble recoveries and 11 tackles behind the line. On special team play, he was always one of the first to get to the ball carrier.
“Hunter is as hard a worker and as dedicated to being the best he can be as anyone I’ve ever had. I am expecting a lot from him this year, and much of our season will depend on how he performs. The past two years we’ve been very pleased with his effort on and off the field; he is one of our leaders and always seems to be around the ball,” said Coach Ryan Walton.
Forester is one of those guys whose been a part of football most of his life and has grown to love the sport. He started his playing time while in the sixth grade and has not let up since. He has set some goals for himself and his team, so look for him to do his best to carry them through. He wants to play the best he can with an all-out effort, make things happen, and help the team win as many games as possible while getting back in the playoff run. Those are good goals, and they are the kind that lets him set a good example for the younger kids to follow, which is something he enjoys.
Forester also wants to remind the younger guys to pay attention to the coaches’ instructions, learn the plays, and learn to take criticism and always do your best to get along with your teammates and coaches.
As a football player for the Silver Knights, Forester has lettered two years – his sophomore and junior seasons – and will be working towards his third. He also received LKC All-Conference in 2017. It’s often said smart kids make smart athletes. Forester has shown that to be true in his time as he maintains a 4.0 GPA and is in the top 15 percent of his class.
Besides spending time with his studies, working out in the weight room, and playing football, one of his favorite activities is getting in the woods and hunting. Upon graduation from Tyler Consolidated, Forester plans on attending WVU to pursue a degree in engineering.
With football season just a week away before the Silver Knights take the field in a home opener against Ritchie County, you can bet Forester will be out on the practice field preparing to lift his game to another level and help the team to some big wins. Winners make winning teams, and Hunter Forester is a winner. Go Knights!