Bay alum among those working to help the Roots succeed in NPSL

Published: Jun. 22, 2021 at 6:51 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -Hunter Hall has been connected to the game of soccer since the age of four.

”I really didn’t get into being competitive until I was 13″ Hall told us “because my parents didn’t have the money, and then eventually, Callaway Arsenal started up, so I started playing with them, which led me to play at Bay High for four years on the varsity.”

“He was one of the best players in Bay County at that time,” says Roots owner and Arnold Boy’s soccer coach Jonathan Hammond “and I’m sure he is somewhere there in the top 20-25 players of all time.”

At Bay, Hunter had a familiar face on the sideline, his dad his was head coach there. Hunter’s father may be back to watching him play in Bay County, but this time, from a the stands “He’s been my coach my whole life, so seeing me out there, he told me after my after I played my first game, he goes, ‘I’m so proud for what you’ve done.’” As for Hammond, well he is simply glad to have someone like Hunter on his team. “He’s a hard guy to defend.” says Hammond. “He works so hard on the field, has a good family, his dad, I’ve coached against several times, we go back and forth every season, so, yeah, Hunter is a great kid.” After high school, Hunter went on to play at the next level at Huntingdon College, where a few of his Roots teammates have or are attending as well. The Roots may not have their first win yet, but he says they’ll get there. “We don’t have the experience yet,” Hall says “but we are starting to build chemistry and taking our stride. I mean, we all want to compete, and we are holding our standards pretty high.” Hunter is playing a major role not only on the field, but in the big picture Hammond has for the game in Bay County. “It is kind of neat to see it all come together and coaching some guys that I coached in high school and against.”

The Roots game with Pensacola set for Tuesday had to be postponed because of the wet conditions. So the team’s next match comes at home Thursday against Mobile.

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