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Multiple Teams · Toby Hulst serves as director of the South Christian defense

At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, South Christian junior Toby Hulst has the size to be a run stopper and the athleticism to do other defensive assignments from his middle linebacker spot, while serving as the director of the Sailor defense. (Greg Chrapek | Advance Newspapers)

By John Raffel | Advance Newspapers
on October 31, 2016 6:11 AM

CUTLERVILLE — Toby Hulst, a junior running back and middle linebacker for South Christian, showed extreme promise as a sophomore.

He was even been better this season.

“He got better and better as the year went on,” South Christian coach Mark Tamminga said. “He has good size (6-1, 210). He’s got the body big enough to be a run stopper and he’s athletic enough to do (other defensive assignments).”

Hulst is a two-year varsity player, who has displayed improvement for South Christian this season.

“He’s gotten bigger and stronger,” Tamminga said. “He’s our leader on defense, and makes the calls, plus calls on the fly. He’s our director out there. He takes control of what’s happening.”

On defense after nine games, he had 71 tackles with 38 solos and 33 assists, and four tackles for losses. On both sides of the ball, Hulst played a key role in helping the Sailors improve from 2-7 last year to 5-4 during the regular season this year.

Hulst provided the Sailors with his talented skills as a running back all season.

“He’s a downhill runner,” Tamminga said. “Toby’s a banger. He’ll get up there. When he needs one, two, or three tough yards, he’ll (get the ball).”

One of the keys behind Hulst’s success on the gridiron has been his willingness to put in extensive work during the offseason.

“He was no doubt the leader in the weight room this year,” Tamminga said. “He doesn’t play any other sport except football. He has run some track, with the shot put. But he’s a football player. But he wants to go out and play on the next level. He’s working hard in the weight room, trying to get bigger and stronger.”