But for one three-sport athlete, her final year at Reed High was like no other.
“It’s been a great senior year. I wouldn’t say it was completely unexpected because all those teams are good, but it’s kind of just a shock we did so well in all of them,” Sierra Hooft said. “Even academically it’s been good, not just athletically.”
Hooft enjoyed unparalleled success as a senior with the Blue and Gold. It all started with a stunning run of postseason upsets that saw Reed reach the state championship match during the fall’s volleyball season.
Then, Hooft was part of the Lady Raiders basketball squad, doing one better as it won the program’s first state championship since 1993.
The spring saw Hooft be part of another state championship, Reed’s 4x400m relay that took first at state.
For those stellar achievements on the basketball and volleyball courts as well as the track, Hooft has been named the Sparks Tribune’s 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year. The award, which is chosen by the Tribune’s sports staff, goes to the top senior athlete from the three Sparks-area high schools, Reed, Spanish Springs and Sparks.
Hooft was a first team all-league selection in volleyball after leading the Raiders with 50 blocks and was second on the team with 167 kills.
“Volleyball was probably the most surprising, so it was the most exciting because no one expected us to get that far,” Hooft said. “It was shocking.”
Hooft was also a first team all-league selection in girls basketball as one of her team’s leading scorers. The Raiders racked up a 23-2 record and will hang banners for their regional and state championships.
“I was glad that we could say we finally won state because we’ve been so close so many times. Reed’s had teams come close in the recent past that I haven’t even been on. But it actually never happened for them,” Hooft said.
Hooft hasn’t had many disappointments during her four years at Reed High. Other than a couple B’s in physics and calculus, one other minor low point was when Hooft didn’t qualify for state in either of her two hurdles events, after she qualified in the 300m hurdles during her junior season.
However, as the first leg of the 4x400m state-qualifying relay squad, she got to witness something special as sophomore Gabby Williams and junior Adriana Newell showcased their speed in the state championship performance.
“It was a lot of fun. That is probably my favorite race and running under the lights was cool, too,” Hooft said. “It’s an honor to run with both of them because I know they’re both going to do really well in their lives.”
Hooft didn’t just excel on the court or the track. She was one of the school’s top performers in the classroom, earning one of the NIAA’s Top Ten Student-Athlete of the Year awards.
On June 6th, she will graduate as RHS’s salutatorian with a 5.05 weighted grade-point average and in the fall will attend the University of Nevada, Reno where she plans to study psychology. Hooft wanted to stay close to home and follow in the footsteps of her two older sisters and older brother, who all went to Nevada.
That’s not the only way she is following in her sister Jessica’s footsteps. Jessica was the Sparks Tribune’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2005. Both Hoofts left a mark with their coaches as athletes who just did things the right way.
“The past two seasons, I’ve had her as a junior and as a senior, she was a very good leader,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “She has a unique leadership quality because she definitely is a little bit quieter. She leads in a way by example. She’s one who always hustles and she always does her best. I think she’s a good leader for the other girls to see and watch because I would think they would want to be like her on and off the court.”