WILBER, NE – Wilber-Clatonia senior Hunter Cerveny verbally pledged to play for Nebraska baseball last November.
This past Monday, he put pen to paper and made the commitment official.
“It’s a sigh of relief,” Cerveny said. “I worked very long for this, and it’s been my childhood dream for a very long time. To get this out of the way and actually fulfill my dream is a dream come true, and I’m going to work hard at it.”
Cerveny, who’s a standout on Wilber-Clatonia’s football, basketball and track and field teams, had a summer for the books in 2018 for a Premier Baseball club called Nebraska Sluggers.
The Sluggers, based out of La Vista, play against some of the top organizations in the country. It’s specially designed for college-bound prospects.
Cerveny performed like a college-bound baseball player this past summer, batting a team-best .472 and racking up a team-best 26 runs and 23 RBIs.
“Getting to feel out what traveling (with a team) is like and playing with better competition made me better as a player and prepared me for the future.”
Cerveny has played a little of every sport, and he’s played a little of every position in baseball. All except catcher.
“Being an all-around player helps you, and I like doing it for my team,” Cerveny said. “Wherever I want to play, I can help my team win. I don’t really care where I play, as long as I’m playing and contributing. Doing other sports helps you compete and be successful.”
Cerveny will work out mostly in the outfield and the pitchers’ mound once he’s on campus next fall.
“Anywhere they put me, I’ll be fine with it. I just want to play.”
He and the Huskers have their work cut out for them next season. Nebraska will look to rebound from a 24-28 record – NU’s lowest win total since 1998.
“I’m hearing a lot about the class above me being really good,” Cerveny said. “The class I’m in now, there’s a lot of talent. I’m excited to build chemistry with them and play and win.”
Cerveny is one of three in-state prospects in Nebraska’s 2019 class, joining Sawyer Deiderich from Elkhorn South and Quinn Mason from Gretna.
Before getting the baseball cleats out, Cerveny and his teammates are gearing up for the Wolverines’ season-opening basketball test at Tri County on Nov. 29.
“We’re getting better and better each day,” Cerveny said. “We can see a major improvement since the first practice.”
Wilber-Clatonia finished 7-14 last season. Cerveny led the team with 11.7 points per contest.
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— Wolverine Pride (@wcpawpride) November 19, 2018