Hooker’s Mason Stadler – Character Counts Presented by First National Bank of Hooker

By Derrick Smith

When a person is called a character athlete, they are recognized as someone leads by example. Mason Stadler says that title shows extra work is worth it.  “I think it shows that hard work and determination never go unnoticed, and that it is worth going the extra mile to succeed.”

Mason is a senior at Hooker High School, where he plays basketball, runs cross-country, and track. Outside of athletics, he serves as student council president, Fellowship of Christian Athletes president, quiz bowl, and band.

With all the success he has enjoyed, Mason has also had to overcome some obstacles. “Last summer, I detached my patellar tendon at a summer tournament, which caused me to need surgery and miss the rest of the summer’s activities and cross country season. I recovered in time for basketball season, and was part of the top ranked team in the state. Unfortunately, I dislocated my patella on my other knee right before the playoffs started and had to have surgery and sit out. This injury caused me to miss track season as well.”

The person that Mason looks up to most in life is his dad. “My dad has always been an important role model for me because he has been an excellent example of leadership and hard work,” he said. “He has worked hard to put my siblings and I in a position where we can succeed in all of our sports and activities.”

Mason says that the key to being successful is putting in the time and work before game day. “I have never been the strongest, fastest, or most athletic person on the court or track, but I have always tried to use my brain and my work ethic to give me an edge.”