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ACHS’s Medine signs to UNO

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR
ACHS senior pitcher Hunter Medine signs a National Letter of Intent to the University of New Orleans Thursday at the ACHS gym.

Right attitude. Check. Good student. Check. Great athlete. Check. And with those elements, senior pitcher Hunter Medine signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of New Orleans last Thursday at the Ascension Catholic High School Gym.

Medine’s future was based on choosing UNO and the University of Southern Mississippi, but he went with the place where he felt most comfortable.

“I really liked what they offered me and I felt like I was at home when I was over there and it’s a place that I want to play at,” Medine said about why he chose UNO.

Medine, the left-handed pitcher, has been a nightmare for batters who take the plate against him. He finished his last two seasons on the metro area All-District team for Utility. ACHS head baseball coach Todd Landry said there is nobody more deserving of this day than Medine.

“He’s done a very good job for us on the mound,” Landry said. “We’re looking forward to having one more year with him. He’s one of our better pitchers we’ve had here.”

During the offseason, Medine had a minor surgery to take care of a little injury he occurred, but Landry isn’t concerned it will affect his play in the upcoming season.

“He’s going to come back healthy this year and we’re looking for big things from here.”

Landry believes Medine will do just fine at the college level too. Medine has the traits of a bright future.

ACHS put on quite a show for Medine on his signing day. The gym was filled with students and the band, all waiting for Medine to “sign that paper,” a chant that was started in the gym.

“It means a lot to me because it shows that people really do care about me,” Medine said about the support. “When you’re an athlete people like you, but to have everybody come together at once like this means a lot.”

Medine had his parents by his side during the signing and the looks on their faces could be of more pride for their son. Medine thanked his family, coaches and friends for sticking by his side and said it really means a lot to him. His father, Bunnell Medine said seeing his son sign that paper was simply amazing.

“That kid worked real hard and it shows when you work hard good things happen,” Bunnell said, who works at the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office. “He had a lot of things to overcome, and by the grace of God and he just hung in there and it’s amazing.”

As far as UNO is concerned, Medine isn’t worried about college leap, he’s just going to do what he knows best.

“I hope I can just continue to do what I do right now, just work harder and get better and keep my grades up in school and continue the tradition.”

Medine added, “It feels really good. I feel like I’m really blessed and I want to thank God, my family my friends and everybody who was there for me.”