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LW East grad Lauren Hunter averaged 16.7 points per game her freshman season at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. United States Merchant Marine Academy
Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter
4:04 am CDT September 20, 2019

The first year of college is unique for many students.

But it’s fairly safe to say that not many have had a freshman year like Lauren Hunter has.

Hunter, a 2018 Lincoln-Way East graduate and Tinley Park native, was halfway around the world when she was recently reached for an interview. That’s because her college is the United States Merchant Marine Academy, where she had an outstanding freshman basketball season last winter.