Working hard for the next level, Hunter Hoscheit is living out his dreams with Caledonia Football
By Dugan Thomas
CALEDONIA, MN - 09/11/2015
Spending his early years growing-up in St. Charles, Minnesota, it didn't take long for Hunter Hoscheit to take notice of what was happening 50 miles to the southeast in his father's hometown.
The Caledonia football program led by head coach Carl Fruechte was making headlines in 2005. A runner-up state title powered by star players Karl and Kevin Klug gave Caledonia the kick start it needed. Young Hunter now in the 2nd grade was able to get a picture with the Klug brothers, and he instantly turned into a Caledonia Football fan. State titles followed for the Warriors in 2007 and 2008, and the ball was rolling along for Caledonia Football.
The ball was rolling in the head of young Hunter as well, as he and his sister were trying to convince their parents to move the family back to Caledonia. Greg Hoscheit spent the better part of 17 years living and working in St. Charles. The President of Lifestyle Medical Group LLC, the manufacturer of Smoothtoe Energizing Socks, Greg had a successful growing business established there, it wouldn't be easy.
"The kids wanted to go to school where Dad went to school, and Hunter was working hard at playing football for quite a few years," Greg said. "I played football for Caledonia, Class of 1984, Coach Fruechte was a former teammate of mine. So, Hunter stayed pretty close to the football program down there, he played youth football on Saturdays in Caledonia while in the fourth grade."
"It was pretty major," Greg continued. "His mom Faith had to sell her house and find a new job, plus we had to sell our house and find a new location for the business. That actually fell into place nicely with the old Ford building being available in Caledonia. It took us a year and a half, really almost two years to do it."
The pieces fell into place in June of 2011. Hunter and sister Gabby enrolled in Caledonia schools, and Greg found a new home for his thriving compression sock business on Highway 44 in Caledonia.
Hunter went right to work in the summer of 2011 with the Caledonia football program. Entering the eight grade, Hunter had an opportunity, and he was ready to make the most of it as Caledonia Football was starting to blow-up.
The Caledonia Warriors just went on an unprecedented run, winning state titles 3 out of the last 4 years, (2007, 2008, 2010) and by Thanksgiving of 2012, the Warriors grabbed another 2, (2011, 2012) making it 5 state titles in 6 years, with a 77-4 record and 6 straight section championships in that span. Karl Klug made it to the NFL through the University of Iowa, and Isaac Fruechte had a full-ride with the Minnesota Gophers. The groundwork for up and coming Caledonia football players had been set.
Hunter Hoscheit came onto the scene as a sophomore for the Warriors in 2013. A rugged big bodied offensive lineman who stood out with his physical presence and his mean streak, he was starting to open eyes. In 2014, he started at offensive tackle and was the most talented lineman on the team, helping the Warriors advance to the state tournament again, making it back to the state semi-finals.
The summer of 2015 is where Hunter kicked it up a notch, eyeing a potential college scholarship, Hoscheit attended every football camp he could. 4 D-I and 4 D-II summer football camps gave him the training he was looking for, and Hunter made the most of it. At 6'2" and 285 pounds the Caledonia coaches moved Hoscheit to the center position, thus making him captain of the line. He's also been in the rotation at defensive tackle this year, making it a very formidable defensive front for the Warriors.
Caledonia head coach Brent Schroeder had this to say about Hunter. "He's that 6'3" kid...for that size, the college coaches like to see him at the center position, that's a great spot for him. He's been a great leader, it was fun watching him last week against Pine Island. They had one of the biggest kids we faced on their defensive line, and Hunter was just knocking him over. It shows how much the power and weight lifting he's done in the off-season has helped him. He's doing a great job, I mean Owen's (King) not even getting dirty back there, it says a lot."
Hunter and his Caledonia teammates are definitely making the most of 2015 early on in the season. With three straight blowout wins to start the year (3-0), and a #1 state ranking, nothing short of a state title will satisfy Hoscheit and the Warriors in their quest for title #7.
Greg Hoscheit filled me in on what's next for Hunter, who's wearing #75 to honor his football role model, Matt Kalil of the Minnesota Vikings. "Hunter would love to continue his football career in the college ranks. He's receiving plenty of interest from both D-I and D-II schools. With college position coaches calling and hand written letters, we're just starting to line-up official visits on Saturdays for Hunter."
From what I've seen so far of Hunter Hoscheit in his high school career, I know without a doubt he has the tools to compete at the next level. He has the athletic skills and competitive fire needed for his position, and he definitely has the work ethic. In the present, I can't wait to watch Hunter and his teammates continue their impressive season, in their search for another state championship for the Caledonia football program.
It was definitely a win-win for Caledonia and the Hoscheit family in the last five years. Greg Hoscheit, who also serves as President of the Caledonia Touchdown Club, is a very important member of the Caledonia football and business community along with his brother Jim Hoscheit of Miken Sports. The fundraising efforts of the Caledonia Touchdown Club has brought new uniforms to Caledonia Football this year, along with the continued support of all areas of the football program, their work is invaluable.
I know I can say this as a representative of the Caledonia community as a whole. Greg, Hunter, and Gabby Hoscheit, along with their mom Faith.
Thanks for coming home.