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High School Athlete of the Week - Taya Hopfauf

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Dickinson freshman Taya Hopfauf clubs a pitch high in the zone during a contest against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, April 2, from the North Softball Complex. (Patrick Bernadeau/The Dickinson Press)3 / 3

Taya Hopfauf, a freshman catcher for the Dickinson High girls softball team, was the Midgets' best hitter during two games against Bismarck Century on Tuesday, April 2, and a pair of contests against Valley City on Saturday, April 2. Blasting home runs in three of the four games, Hopfauf had her strongest performance during a 12-2 victory against the Hi-Liners, as she went 4-for-4 with two home runs, six RBI and three runs scored. Over the course of those four games, Hopfauf went 10-for-14, with four homers, 10 RBI, two doubles and crossed home plate 11 times.

DP: The team is off to a slow start to the season. How can the team improve its fortunes?

TH: "To improve, we really need to find leadership within each of us and continue to take it one pitch, one inning at a time. Just work as a team."

DP: What are your personal goals and what are the team goals for the season?

TH: "As a team and personally, we all have actually written out individual goals. Personally, I want to continue to be able to be reliable as a hitter and to stay solid behind the plate. And as a team, we just want to be closer, stay with the leadership, and to achieve more than we have so far."

DP: Who is your funniest teammate?

TH: "Our funniest teammate is probably Mataya Mortensen."

DP: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?

TH: "My favorite athlete growing up was probably Jordie McNeilly. Although she's only a couple years older than me, I always looked up to her as a catcher and as an athlete and as a person in general."

DP: What's the last movie that you watched?

TH: "The last movie I watched was Sing."

DP: What is your favorite school subject?

TH: "My favorite subject in school is Math."

DP: Either/or: Snapchat or Instagram?

TH: "Snapchat."

DP: Country Music or Hip Hop?

TH: "Country."

DP: When eating a meal, what is most satisfying: the first bite or last bite?

TH: "The last bite."

DP: Are you a good dancer or a bad dancer?

TH: "I'm a bad dancer."

DP: Softball or any other sport?

TH: "Softball."

DP: What is your first sports memory?

TH: "My first sports memory is playing catch with my mom outside when I was like eight (years old), and I hit her in the head."

Patrick Bernadeau

Patrick Bernadeau is a sports reporter for the Dickinson Press. He can be reached at his office number (701) 456-1211 or email him at pbernadeau@thedickinsonpress.com. Joining the Dickinson Press in July 2017, he was previously a freelance sports writer for Treasure Coast Newspapers (TCPalm.com) in Stuart, FL as well as carrying bylines from the Associated Press, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Today and Naples Daily News. Prior to his move to Dickinson, he resided in Port St. Lucie, FL, earning a Bachelor's Degree from Florida Atlantic University. Patrick was born and raised in Brockton, Mass and is an avid Boston sports fan. Born to Haitian parents, Patrick's favorite meal is Griot with Banana Peze, Pikliz (Fried pork with smashed plaintains and a spicy vegetable relish) and a tall glass of Cherry Coke.

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