Hooker’s Noelle Hidalgo – Character Counts Presented by First National Bank of Hooker

By Derrick Smith

Throughout their careers, most athletes will have to deal with some kind of an injury. Whether it is a minor or major injury, the athlete will have to make the choice of how they will handle it and if they will get back on the field of play. For Noelle Hidalgo, she worked it out and is back where she wants to be.  “I had sharp knee and hip pain when I would run at the beginning of the season and took a couple weeks off of running,” she said. “I was unable to run my first meet as a senior, which was really hard to handle, but now I am back to running meets, I feel great, and my team is looking outstanding.”

Hidalgo is a senior at Hooker High School. She is a member of the school’s cross country, track, and basketball teams. 

A character athlete, to Noelle, is someone who is an overall good person, both on and off the field. “Being called a character athlete means someone is an athlete who has good leadership skills, is supportive of their team, and has a great work ethic.”

Noelle says she would not be where she is today without some great people who have helped her become who she is. “Some of my biggest influences are my parents, Shawn and Stacey Hidalgo, my coaches Jarret Kachel, Stan Kachel, and Brian Stalder,” she said. “They have all pushed me to be a better person and athlete and I appreciate everything they do for me.”

The success that Hidalgo enjoys would not be possible without a lot of work. “I have had to train in hot, windy, miserable conditions while hitting times my coach gives me,” she stated. “My team rarely runs indoors and we always run after school in the heat of the day to become use to meet weather. I have to push past pain when my body feels like quitting.