Senior Spotlight: Apollo's Hunter Haupert and Jack Randolph
Justin Ekstrom | May 23, 2020 AT 12:12 pm
(KNSI) - Our weekly spotlight continues by shining brightly on a pair of Apollo seniors that both exemplify toughness and leadership for the football team and their other sports, Jack Randolph and Hunter Haupert.
Randolph played on both sides of the ball for the Apollo football team and finished his final season with 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.
Offensively, Randolph added seven receptions for 56 yards and one score but it was his ability to always do what was asked of him that impressed new head coach Mike Beehler.
"Jack was a very smart football player that you could play in multiple positions and not worry about it being too much for him too handle. Jack had a tremendous football career for us and was a leader in our program. He set the tone on and off the field. Jack is going to accomplish great things in his post-graduation endeavors."
Coach Beehler also added, "thank you, Jack for everything you gave to the Apollo football program."
Randolph also played hockey for St. Cloud and he had nothing but positive remarks to say about the program when he joined the "Saturday Sports Special" on KNSI this past week.
Next season, Randolph will head to the University of Minnesota-Duluth to study business entrepreneurship.
Along with football, Haupert had a spectacular career as a wrestler that garnered the nickname "Headlock Hunter" from his teammates and fans; he also participated threw shotput and discus in track-and-field for Apollo.
Haupert also played both sides of the ball but in the usually un-sung defensive and offensive line.
Haupert's play may go unnoticed to the regular fan but to coach Beehler, Haupert was one to watch, regardless of the sport he was participating in.
"Hunter is one of those kids that just works his tail off and will lead by example. Hunter was a 3-sport athlete. Coaching him in both football and wrestling, I quickly learned about his work ethic."
Coach Beehler also added a special message for Haupert.
"Thank you, Hunter for everything you gave to Apollo and with the Navy, [I am] proud of you!”
Committing to the Navy early his senior year, Haupert will now bring his outstanding work ethic to serve his country in the near future.
KNSI and Leighton Broadcasting can't thank our local seniors like Jack and Hunter enough for what they have given this area with their determination and strong will that will undoubtedly better all of us in the near future.
(Photo of Jack Randolph is compliments of him and the St. Cloud Apollo Football team)
(The photo of Hunter Haupert throwing his patented headlock is compliments of Cindy Haupert)