Up in the Hutchinson and Nickerson area John Ontjes is known as one of the region’s best-ever athletes.
At Nickerson High School he earned all-state honors in football, basketball and baseball. After two good basketball seasons at Hutchinson Community College he headed to OU for more of the same.John Ontjes was an acclaimed athlete at Nickerson High School and OU. He is s now the coach of the Hutchinson Community College women's basketball team. He's been an avid hunter most of his life. As point guard he was the Big 8’s top new-comer in 1994. He currently coaches the women’s basketball team at HCC. Under his guidance last year’s 31-6 record was the best in school history.
Ontjes, 36, has been into hunting about as long as he’s been into sports.
He started pheasant and quail hunting with his father, Jim, when he was about 12. Ontjes has since added other pursuits.