Senior focus: Noah Hoskins

For The Tribune

Noah Hoskins hasn’t had to spend much time trying to find something to do after school during his days at Crothersville High School.

The senior has been a three-sport athlete in his four years at Crothersville, playing basketball, and running track and cross-country.

“It’s really fun, especially when you have teammates that you really bond with,” Hoskins said. “Our teams have really bonded. It doesn’t matter if you’re new. We bond, and the bus rides are really fun, especially with a win with a long journey like Borden.”

Hoskins said he began playing basketball in second grade, and started participating in track and cross-country in middle school.

He is in his second season as a starter in basketball.

“I’m kind of a role player on offense, but my main thing I’m a defensive player,” Hoskins said. “I’m an energy player.”

Hoskins said that where he sets up on offense depends who else is on the floor for the Tigers that night.

He feels just as comfortable shooting a jump shot from 8-10 feet as he does driving for a layup.

His high-point game this season has been nine points against Madison Christian. Hoskins scored 13 against South Central and 12 against Medora last season.

Hoskins said he enjoys playing defense, and when the Tigers press full-court he guards the person bringing the ball inbounds and also plays at half-court.

He enjoys playing in front of the home crowd.

“I love the home games,” Hoskins said. “They’re great. I love the home crowd. They just get into it and everything. Being at home is comfortable. You’re not as pressured into anything. It’s really nice playing here.”

The Tigers are 4-0 at home, and Hoskins said his favorite away gym is Borden.

Hoskins said he takes a lot of pride in his rebounding. He stands 5-8, and likes to get in there and bang with taller players.

The Tigers have won 8 of their first 11 games.

“I think we’re just an all-around better team,” Hoskins said. “We speed up the tempo, we like to run the ball, and we don’t care who scores. Whoever is scoring give it to them. If I’m scoring, give it to me, if Josh (Thomas) is scoring, give it to him. We don’t care who scores. We just want to win the game.”

Hoskins said the thing he enjoyed about cross-country was the variety of courses.

“I enjoyed the scenery,” he said. “You’ve got a lot of scenery running cross-country, and just the atmosphere of it. It doesn’t make any difference if you’re first or last, you always get clapped for and cheered for. That’s just the way cross-country is. My favorite course is probably Crawford County. It was just so fun. There were a lot of people there.

“My best time was in the 21s. I’m not the best, but I do it. I tried to aim for a certain time at each mile. It might not always happen, but you could pick it up on the next mile and do better.”

The senior looks forward to another big season in track. He was first in the Southern Athletic Conference meet in the shot put, and he holds the school record in the 100.

“Spring is coming up and track is definitely one of my favorite sports,” Hoskins said. “My favorite event is the 100-meter dash. I know I have to hit it hard then and get ready for my last year as a sprinter. I do two field events and two running events.”

His school record in the 100 is 11.16.

“I definitely want to beat my record this year because it’s my last year, and I just want to give it my all,” Hoskins said. “It is short and quick, and if you don’t get a good start you can’t make up the time. You’ve got to have a good start and that’s what I work on a lot. During the season I work on my starts.”

He topped 40 feet in winning the shot put at conference.

Hoskins is glad he attends Crothersville.

“I’ve enjoyed the people here,” Hoskins siad. “Everybody knows you, and everybody is really nice to you here.”

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Name: Noah Hoskins

School: Crothersville High School

Parents: Connie Hoskins, Chris Hoskins

Siblings: Kelsey

Sports: basketball 4 years, cross-country 4 years, track and field 4 years

Athletic honors: track-school record 100, SAC champion shot put

Organizations: Future Farmers of America, student council, S.A.D.D., 4 H

Plans after high school: attend Vincennes University, study machining

Favorite food: pizza

Favorite TV show: Gray’s Anatomy

Favorite musician: Eric Church

Favorite movies: Fast and Furious series

Favorite teams: Indiana Hoosiers, Cleveland Cavaliers