ROCKPORT — Hunter Norton will take his immense football talents south-west as he intends to play at Bates College and recently received a financial boost to due so with a prestigious award.

Norton, who helped lead the Windjammers to a playoff berth in eight-man football in the fall, was one of 15 Maine high school, prep school and college student-athletes to receive the Coach Mac-Huard Scholar-Athlete Award, which provided him a $500 grant to college.

The award was given by the Maine Chapter of the National Football Foundation for “football performance, academic achievement and school leadership.”

The Rockport resident was honored, with the other recipients, on Sunday, May 22 at the Holiday In Portland-by the Bay.

Hunter Norton with his plaque. Photo courtesy of Dennis Norton

Norton, who also has been a standout for the Windjammer baseball and basketball programs, has chosen to attend Bates College, a liberal arts school in Lewiston, and play football for the Bobcats.

Bates is a Division III school that plays in the New England Small College Athletic Conference. The 2021 team finished 3-6.

“I’m looking forward to attending Bates College and playing under coach [Matt] Coyne and the rest of the coaching staff for the football team,” Norton said.

In the fall, Norton did it all for Windjammers, to the tune of 31 touchdowns, about 200 points and 2,000 all-purpose yards.

In seven games, Norton rushed for 1,623 yards and 24 touchdowns. He added six receiving touchdowns, defensive touchdown, boatload of two-point conversions, 84 tackles and three interceptions. He compiled about 200 points. Which means he tallied about 63 percent of his teams 317 points.

He was a one-man wrecking crew for the playoff-bound Windjammers.

“I like what Bates as a school has to offer. They seem like they really care for their students and want them to succeed in school and life, which was something I really liked about the school,” Norton said. “I like that the football team is more consolidated and has a new coaching staff. I’ve met with most of the coaches and they all seem like great people and they are very committed and knowledgeable when it comes to football.

“If I could I would possibly try out for basketball or baseball at Bates, but I think that the football coaches would appreciate it if I focused on football. As of now I am undecided on my major. I’d say that I’m ready to go back to 11-man football. I’ve played 11-man every year I’ve played football except for my senior year so I think I’ll get adjusted fairly quick. ”

Hunter is batting .372 with an on-base % of .509. 16 hits, 5 doubles, 8 RBIs

He also was a team leader for the Camden Hills basketball team as a power forward, as he helped the Windjammers earn a spot postseason spot. He also is a hard-nosed, hard-hitting catcher for the Windjammers baseball squad.

In basketball during the winter, Norton scored 142 points, grabbed 106 rebounds, had 19 assists, 15 steals and eight blocked shots in 16 games. He led the team in rebounds and shot 46 percent from the floor.

Thus far in baseball this spring, Norton is batting .372, with a .509 on-base percentage. He has 16 hits (5 doubles) and eight runs batted in.

The honor bestowed on Norton is named for Richard MacPherson and John Huard. The Harold Alfond Foundation also is involved in the award. MacPhrson is a former college and professional coach (he once coached the New England Patriots), while Huard is chief executive officer of Northeast Turf.

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