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High school athlete of the week - Ashlyn Privratsky

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Heart River's Ashlyn Privratsky, right, goes for an attack against Dickinson Trinity during the Region 7 semifinals last season at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. (Parker Cotton / The Dickinson Press)2 / 3
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Ashlyn Privratsky, Heart River volleyball, was named high school athlete of the week for the week of Sept. 24-30.

Ashlyn Privratsky, a senior middle hitter for Heart River, helped the Cougars go 3-0 during the week by recording 21 kills against Glen Ullin-Hebron, 17 kills against Mott-Regent and 19 kills against New Salem-Almont.

DP: How long have you been playing your sport and what is your favorite part of the sport?

AP: "I've been playing since the fifth grade and my favorite part is just getting to play with my team. We've been through a lot together and I wouldn't be where I am now without them."

DP: Do you have any kind of pregame routine?

AP: "I always say a Hail Mary and during warm-ups I do the sign of the cross because I play for Him."

DP: What kind of goals does your team have this year?

AP: "We obviously want to get back to regionals, but the main one is we want to get back to the championship game. I think we can do it this year, and I'm really excited to see if we can do it."

DP: When you're away from sports, what do you like to do?

AP: "When I'm away from sports I really like to hang out with friends, my boyfriend and my family. I really like to read and go for runs."

DP: What are some of your favorite classes and why?

AP: "I love English, it's probably my favorite class. I'm not a math person, but I do like to read and try and find a deeper meaning to literature."

DP: What songs or artists do you have on your playlist?

AP: "I listen to a lot of old music but just anything with a fast, up-tempo beat."

DP: Who has been your biggest inspiration to succeed?

AP: "My biggest inspiration to succeed is probably Hope Klein. She was our head coach and she saw something in me since freshman year, and she wasn't able to coach this year but I still play for her."

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