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Player Profile: Tara Hinderliter, Redbank Valley Media is doing a series of player profiles on returning high-school athletes this summer. The year in school listed by the athlete is the year the athlete is entering this fall.

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Daughter of: Kaci and Rick Hinderliter
Sports Played: Volleyball and Basketball
Family Members Playing/Played Sports: Her older sister, Brooke, his Redbank Valley’s all-time leading scorer with 1,997 career points and is a 1,000-point scorer at Slippery Rock University.
2018-19 Highlights: In basketball, she was named a third-team All American Awards & Engraving All-District team member after averaging 18.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 6.6 steals per game while hitting 41 3-pointers. In volleyball, she helped the Lady Bulldogs to the District 9 Class 2A title
Post-High School Plans: She plans to further her education and continue her athletic career while attending college.

Q&A With Tara Hinderliter

D9Sports: What is your favorite sport to participate in and why?
TH: Basketball is my favorite sport to participate in because I like the competitiveness and the fast pace.

D9Sports: What is your favorite memory, moment, game from playing high school sports?
TH: My favorite memory from high school sports would be winning the D9 championship in volleyball. My favorite game would be the Keystone game this year even tho we lost I felt like we all played as a team. My favorite moment would be the pass I made to Kelsie and she made a layup in the Union game.

D9Sports: Why do you play high school sports?
TH: I play high school sports because I like to compete.

D9Sports: Who has had the most influence on your athletic career and why?
TH: My sister Brooke had the biggest influence on my career I look up to her all the time. She was the one to make me fall in love with the game. She pushed me harder to try and make me a better player.

D9Sports: If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be and why?
TH: If I could change one thing in high school basketball I would add a shot clock.

D9Sports: If you could be president for a day, what would be the one major thing you would do?
TH: If I could be president for a day I would put more funds towards secondary education.

D9Sports: What is your ideal place to live? County, City, Suburb? Why?
TH: The ideal place to live is a small town. Living in a small town everyone knows each other. Small communities are a good thing because everyone comes together in time of need.

D9Sports: What would someone who doesn’t know you be surprised to find out about you?
TH: Someone who doesn’t know me would be surprised to find out that I never give up no matter what.

D9Sports: What is your strongest subject in school?
TH: My strongest subject in school would be psychology.

D9Sports: If there was one period in history or one event in history you could go back to, what would it be?
TH: I would go back to the 1980s so I could hang out with my mom when she was my age.

D9Sports: What question do you wish I would have asked you? And what is the answer to it?
TH: How’s the camaraderie within your team? I feel that we have been playing really well as a team and we all get along really well even the freshman that are playing with us. We all do things off the court together and bond as friends.