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Mason Hunter, a Paola senior, signs a letter of intent to play baseball at Mid-America Nazarene. Pictured with Mason are (from left) sister Madeline Hunter, and parents Allen and Natalie Hunter.

PAOLA — Mason Hunter is taking his baseball glove and bat to Mid-America Nazarene, signing a national letter of intent with the Pioneers.

Hunter, a Paola High School senior, made the decision official during a ceremony held in the commons area Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Hunter was joined by his parents Natalie and Allen Hunter, his sister Madeline Hunter and grandmothers Teresa Hunter and Cindy Porter for the signing ceremony.

He was recruited to play second base and shortstop.

“The main reason I chose Mid-America is that it is a Christian school,” Hunter said. “The people there are very friendly.”

Hunter plays infield for the Paola High School Panther baseball team.

He was a second-team selection on the Tri-County Spotlight Baseball Team at infield last season.

Hunter hit .282. He drove in seven runs and had 10 runs scored.

“Hunter was solid for us,” Paola coach Tony Brummer said. “He made some great plays defensively.”

Not everyone has the opportunity to play the sport they love in college, Hunter said.

“This has always been my dream, to play baseball at the college level,” he said. “I am blessed to have an opportunity to continue my baseball career.”

Playing for the Paola Panthers has allowed him to see some very good competition in the Frontier League, Hunter said.

In addition to playing in high school for Paola, Hunter is on a summer team with 68 Inside Sports Elite.

Mason plans on majoring in business administration.

He is the son of Natalie and Allen Hunter.

Sports Editor Gene Morris can be reached at (913) 294-2311 or gene.morris@miconews.com.

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