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Hunter Kliafas is looking forward to the next football season.

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Hunter Kliafas is looking forward to the next football season.

Brianna Edwards, Guest Writer

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Hunter Kliafas is a Junior at UTPB. You can spot him in the halls as he is 6’4 and 230 pounds of muscle. The olive tone male’s full last name is Kliafasoladopolis originating from the roots of Greece. The 14 shoe sized man is majoring in Psychology at UTPB. Kliafas says he wants to be a Psychologist because, “I want to help people, and I discovered I’m really good at reading and understanding people’s emotions.” The Houstonian attended Cypress Ranch High school and played baseball and football. While on the football team he played Wide Reciever. Kliafas and the baseball team won the 6A State Championship in 2012. Although Hunter enjoyed baseball, he found his connection with football to be stronger. “I enjoyed the “Texas football” atmosphere. We were a good team and the crowd was always supportive.” Kliafas’s favorite High School football memory was when he beat the Langham Creek Lobos during his senior homecoming game, “The Lobos were a big rival for us, and we barely beat them in overtime. The crowd was going crazy, and it was so packed that students were standing outside the stadium even.”

He did not want his football career to end just yet, after his senior year of high school he attended and played football for Blinn College. Kliafas then transferred to play football at UTPB, “I heard there were tryouts being held at UTPB, so I just decided to drive over, check out the campus, and try out.” Soon after tryouts, Hunter got an offer to play for the UTPB football team as a tight end (TE). “It was great news getting the call I was a part of the team, I packed my stuff up and prepared myself to move to the middle of nowhere (Odessa).” The wide receiver looks forward to spring football this year and is ready to prepare for next season, “The team is growing, we are discovering how to work together, and we are all getting stronger.” This was the football team’s first year as a program in the Lone Star Conference, “It is defiantly a tough conference, and for sure one of the top division two conferences in Texas.” UTPB has had an effect on the Kliafas’ family, as his younger brother plans on applying, and even playing basketball here. In his family, he also has a younger sister who plays volleyball for the sports club his mom owns. When asked, Kliafas’s favorite thing about Odessa is “the small town, and the few amounts of traffic there is.” Being a Houstonian, he is not used to the open roads of Odessa, “I grew up driving down 290 where it was always under construction. The construction always caused the highway to be backed up. I would have to start leaving places 45 minutes to an hour early.” Kliafas currently works at Academy and is thinking about using his degree to practice psychology at the professional level after graduating from UTPB.

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