COLUMBIA — After a tough fall season, the Hickman High School boys soccer team will look to Superman to lead them next season.
Junior midfielder Hunter Morawitz is Superman.
Hickman lost Monday to Blue Springs South High School in the district tournament and finished the year 8-15-2.
Hickman head coach Adam Taylor said that this year’s team is young, but the Kewpies will remain young since they will lose 11 graduating seniors. Morawitz will be one of the most experienced players on the roster next season after spending the last two years on varsity.
This season, Morawitz wore a white T-shirt emblazoned with the iconic Superman logo under his jersey. His logo was different than the traditional one. It wasn’t red and blue but rather purple and gold for the Kewpies. The back of the shirt read "Strodtman" in purple capital letters but Morawitz said, “It’s my shirt.”
He wore the shirt in tribute to former head coach Jon Strodtman. Strodtman led the Kewpies from 1999 to 2005 and coached Taylor and Morawitz’s brother, Mason. Strodtman had a series of battles with cancer and died in 2008 at the age of 45.
“He had incurable cancer. He had to carry an umbrella because he couldn’t be in the sunlight, and he was on an all-liquid diet but always made sure to never miss soccer practice or a game,” assistant coach Will Ross said. “People looked at him as our Superman.”
Ross said that all of the proceeds from Superman shirt sales went to the Strodtman family.
The Hickman girls soccer team presents the Jon Strodtman award to an underclassman for dedication and hard work.
Ross said that if Morawitz was on the girls team, he could have won that award. Morawitz wasn’t the leading goal scorer this season but led by example through his work ethic and tenacity.
“He is full go 100 percent, 100 percent of the time,” Taylor said.
“One of the things coach Strodtman would say is that you’re not done working until you have to crawl off the field,” Ross said. “Of all the people out here, Hunter and then Mason when he played, epitomized that more than any other kids in the program.”