Ashley Hinterleiter, a 17-year-old rising senior at Hobbton High School, is a multi-sport standout at the school, participating in soccer, cross country and track.
Hinterleiter, a center midfielder for the Wildcats, has had a passion for soccer since a very young age and that passion for soccer can easily be seen every time she steps out on the soccer field.
“I’ve played soccer pretty much since I could walk,” she noted.
Although Hinterleiter has been dedicated to playing soccer since she began taking her first steps, her initial taste of competitive soccer came at the age of 4. The love she has only continued to grow daily.
Following in her family’s footsteps, Hinterleiter began playing soccer competitively because of her older brother.
“I just enjoyed the game.” said Hinterleiter.
Cross country and track, on the other hand, came quite naturally, a good fit because it goes hand in hand with the conditioning needed for soccer. To help take her soccer game to the next level and to keep her in shape, she began track and cross country when she entered high school, and has not quit since. The idea to do both sports has paid off, as Hinterleiter enters her senior year in great shape.
Every year Hinterleiter undertakes the arduous task of beating her own previous goals from the earlier season, and to better herself from the season before. In cross country, she said her goal this year is to beat her place of fifth in the region from last year.
“Because I finished fifth in the region last year, this year I want to be fourth or better,” added Hinterleiter. This type of mindset runs directly with the best advice she said she has ever been given — that you can achieve any of your goals as long as you really work for them.
Hinterleiter qualified for regionals this year, becoming the first female for Hobbton to qualify for state. In track during the spring, she came in fifth place in the state, an incredible feat that required a great deal of work. Hinterleiter is quick to credit her current running coach, Coach Jeffery Klaves, on bettering her and helping her become the athlete she is today.
As for her soccer coach, she thanks her coaches, in particular Coach Jacobs, for helping her take her game to the next level.
Not only is she very skilled on the field and track, Hinterleiter has managed a 3.69 GPA in the classroom as well.
Hinterleiter said her ultimate achievement would be finally committing to a college, and running for the college she eventually chooses. “I have some colleges looking at me, but I really like Pembroke, but other than that I don’t have any definite places I would like to attend. I look forward to becoming a physical therapist or athletic trainer,” concluded Hinterleiter.