Two of Huntingdon High School’s star senior athletes made it official last week as they signed up for college athletics at their chosen schools during a National Signing Day assembly in the HHS gymnasium on Wednesday.
Hunter signed up for a scholarship to play baseball for the Vols at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Kaci documented her intention to attend and play softball at UT Martin on an athletic scholarship.
A standout in both baseball and football, Hunter currently holds a .517 career batting average in baseball with 129 hits, 39 doubles, 10 triples, 11 homeruns, 106 RBI’s, 114 runs, and 34 stolen bases.
The son of Marty and Alice Ensley, Hunter has been named three times to both the All-West Tennessee and All-State teams in baseball, and he was awarded District MVP both his sophomore and junior years.
Quarterback for the Mustangs and the team’s top scorer, he has also received numerous awards for football and was recently nominated for Mr. Football.
A three-sport athlete in softball, basketball, and cross country, Kaci boasts a .574 career batting average in softball with a career accumulation of 174 hits, 23 doubles, 26 triples, 12 homeruns, 98 RBI’s, 128 runs, and 55 stolen bases.
Three times Kaci has been named to both the All-West Tennessee and All-State teams for softball, and she was the 2019 District MVP.
Both Hunter and Kaci have also excelled in the classroom. Ensley currently holds a 3.5 grade point average, and Fuller maintains a perfect 4.0.
As far as his choice of baseball over football for his college career, Ensley said baseball has been his focus since he was very young.
“I’ve been playing baseball my whole life,” he said. “I love football, but it’s in baseball that I’ve really pushed myself.”
Hunter said he has always been a Big Orange fan and was really impressed with the school and its facilities.
As far as future athletic goals, Hunter said he hopes to make the All-SEC Freshman Team, eventually be named All-American, and maybe help his team to a national championship.
Kaci admitted that UTM was not her first pick.
“Earlier this year I had committed to Charlotte, but they changed coaches,” she said. “That was a stressful situation, but now I’m relieved.”
But as Kaci pointed out, UTM is a bit of a family tradition as her mother, Amy Fuller, formerly coached softball at the university, and her father, Jody Fuller, was once a star pitcher for UTM baseball and was ultimately named to UTM’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Kaci acknowledged all the support she has received from family, friends, and particularly her Filly teammates.
“To be a Filly means a lot – to be part of a family that has helped me reach my goals,” she said. “They’re like my sisters.”
Hunter also said he has benefitted from a lot of support and help.
“As a Mustang, I have a great community behind me,” he said. “Coaches, teachers, and teammates all push you to do well, not only in sports but academically too.”