Athlete Showcase: Dowagiac’s Williamson

Hunter Williamson is a senior on the Dowagiac baseball team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

HW: I recorded a personal record of 24 tackles against Hopkins in our 2019 playoff game.

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

HW: Losing my senior baseball season to COVID-19.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

HW: Dustin Cornelius A.K.A. “Corn.” Corn believes in and supports all students. Corn has inspired in me that it is OK to be different and to chase my dream no matter what anyone else thinks or believes. Corn continually provides an atmosphere where we all thrive.    

When are you the most nervous while you are competing? 

HW: I do not really get nervous, I lock into the situation.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment. 

HW: While batting, I was hit in the groin twice in the same plate appearance.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

HW: I have a rowing machine in my room and a weight set in my basement. 

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

HW: I would play golf.

Why are sports an important part of a high school experience? 

HW: Sports encourages academics and creates a great bond with classmates.

How would you give away $50,000?

HW: I would give that money to Dowagiac baseball to start a fund to develop a home field.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

HW: I would coach at Notre Dame and bring in a power running game. 

If I did not play sports, I would…? 

HW: I would fish in a bass circuit.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport? 

HW: Adapt to the changing rules in football that eliminates contact.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

HW: Targeting. We always want to be safe and fair, however it gets very nit-picky. 

What is the best compliment you have ever received? 

HW: A Hopkins coach approached me after our playoff loss and told me in his 20 years of coaching I had a performance like he had never seen, and I had a bright future in the game.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it? 

HW: My first football combine in Chicago as a sophomore. I am very glad I did it. 

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

HW: I was sick with the flu in our playoff game against Hopkins so I could only play one side of the ball. Freshman Malakai Haines took my spot in the backfield and did a phenomenal job as a true Freshman. Malakai did phenomenal in such a big game. 

What is your favorite hobby? Why? 

HW: I love to fish. Fishing is stress-free, fun, and I love to be outside on the water.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

HW: Energetic.

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