ADRIAN — Hutson Hohlbein has always been one to want to make his own way, whether it is in athletics or in the classroom.


At Lenawee Christian, Hohlbein finished his four years with 11 varsity letters across a trio of sports (football, basketball and baseball) for the Cougars, being named captain for two years in two sports to go with a pair of program records in football. In the classroom, Hohlbein finished with a grade-point average of 4.152, good for eighth in LCS' 2020 graduating class, including a plethora of school accolades and one statewide recognition.


For his accomplishments, Hohlbein has been named Lenawee Christian's 2020 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.


“As one who always looked up at the All-State boards and finally being able to be one of those people, looking back, the thing I would say to future students would be the little things matter,” Hohlbein said. “It's not always being the person who scores the most points or touchdowns or the person who is doing the flashy crossover, the little things matter. Whether it's finishing that final problem at one in the morning, or making that extra pass, it makes all the difference. Being a team player is one of the most important roles on a team, and a team cannot function without those support roles.”


Hohlbein, who grew up playing basketball, baseball and soccer, switched from soccer into football in sixth grade and after joining the Cougars varsity program as a freshman, quickly became an integral part of the LCS attack, leading all Lenawee County players in receiving yards in 2016.


Hohlbein finished out his career having made the second team All-County twice (2016, 2017) and first team All-County twice (2018, 2019), both as a tight end and was named a Michigan High School Football Coaches Association first team tight end in his senior season. In the South Central Athletic Association, Hohlbein was an all-conference tight end in all four years of his career and a three-time unanimous All-SCAA defensive end (2017-19).


He also leaves as part of, arguably, the most successful football class in Lenawee Christian history, having made it to the Division 8 regional final against Reading in his senior year after back-to-back D8 pre-district appearances in his sophomore and junior years. Hohlbein was also a two-year captain for the LCS football program, and will leave the Cougars with the all-time career marks in receptions (124) and receiving yards (1,842).


“(Hutson) wanted to be able to create his own niche,” said LCS football coach Bill Wilharms. “His two older brothers had really good playing careers at Lenawee Christian, and, whatever you asked of him, he would ask 'what can I do more?' and just perseverance through the injuries, and watching how hard he fought back to get himself ready for not just (the football season), but also back with us for the 7-on-7s last July. I basically had to put the leash on him because he wanted to do so much, and it's like 'we want you to get a few reps, but we need you for the season'.”


Hohlbein played forward for the Cougars on the court and helped LCS make it within a quarter of a Class D quarterfinal appearance in the 2017-18 season and recovered from an ankle injury against Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central late in the 2018-19 season to not only be named captain for a second-straight season in a second sport, but also help push the Cougars to a district final appearance this year against Madison.


“I view leadership as more of a servant position,” Hohlbein said. “I'm just very, very thankful for the opportunity to serve my teammates through the captain position. I really enjoyed being able to spend time with my teammates. Once we take on the captain position at LCS for football and basketball, it really becomes more of a relationship status where we have to be come much more intentional with our time with other players.”


Academically, Hohlbein was a member of the National Honor Society and was one of the MHSAA's Class C Scholar-Athlete Scholarship Award winners in February prior to the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019-20 sports calendar.


“The MHSAA award was definitely a blessing, I give all the glory to God,” Hohlbein said. “I heard this from the administration that the only other person to win that from our school was my brother Grant, which is really interesting to me just considering all the great student-athletes that have come through, but I'm just very blessed, honored and thankful to receive that. ...Balancing school and sports is hard work, but I think that if you do your best and leave the rest up to God, things will work out.”


In the fall, Hohlbein will be heading to Taylor University, continuing his football career for the Trojans in the NAIA's Crossroads League on a full scholarship. He will be studying biology with a focus on pre-medical studies and looks to graduate with an ultimate goal of going on to medical school.