By Emma Wenning, Lola Coulter, and Maddy Yorke
The dream for thousands of high school athletes across the country is to commit to a college for division one athletics. This year, senior Sasha Hoban has made this dream a reality as he announced his decision to commit to Yale University for division one football.
Hoban, stepping up this football season to play the role of more than just a captain, held the responsibility to fill numerous positions across the football field. Hoban occasionally even had to fill in for South’s former star quarterback, Austin Burton.
Not only did Hoban lead the football team this year, he has also been crucial to other Newton South varsity sports. Being captain of South’s varsity basketball team this season as well as being a member of the boys’ 2014 volleyball state championship winning team, Hoban has proved his vitality in Newton South athletics, a characteristic he will surely bring along with him to Yale.
This week, Denebola got a chance to sit down with Sasha Hoban, discussing this year’s season and his future plans with football.
When did you start playing football?
“I started playing football in middle school in 7th grade. It was my first opportunity to actually play football since I played a bunch of sports as a kid, up to 5 per season, so I never really had time to play football before 7th grade.”
How do you think the past Newton South football season went?
“It was definitely not what we expected. We did not achieve any of our goals that we set. It was difficult; we had some injuries. We had some kids playing positions that they had never played before. We had some suspensions and all of that. It made things difficult on our team, and the result was not what we wanted at all. It was a little frustrating at times, but it is a fun sport to play and I always have fun playing it no matter what.”
How did both you and the team have to adjust this season due to losing quarterback Austin Burton, and how did you feel you needed to step up as a captain?
“I mean obviously it is a huge change coming from having what would have been one of the best players in the state at quarterback to having no one with any playing experience. We started up to 4 different quarterbacks this year at different points during the season, which doesn’t give you any consistency on offense which is why our offense really wasn’t very good. As a captain, I think I had to step up a lot since Austin was a leader on the team last year as a junior and would have been a very big leader as a senior. It was important that the other three captains and I stepped up and tried to keep people motivated.”
How do you manage academics on top of 3 varsity sport seasons?
“I started playing varsity sports as a freshman, so for me, I think I don’t know any different [way], so I have always gotten used to it and managed my time. I have always had good time management in general, but I think since the beginning of high school I have had limited time to balance academics. It is the only world I know.”
How do you think playing other sports at South has helped with your football career?
“I think playing other sports helps you not get too tired of things. Playing multiple sports is really good for your body in general because you are not used to only doing one specific kind of movement. Playing basketball and playing volleyball, as I did freshman and sophomore years, always helps with athleticism, keeping my body healthy, and keeping my body guessing.”
You received offers from many top schools. What factors led you to choose Yale over the other schools?
“I chose Yale for a combination of different things. It is obviously an opportunity to play division one football, which has always been a goal of mine. It is also a very good academic school, and I think I got the best of both worlds in committing to play football at Yale. I chose it over some other schools because I really like the campus; I spent a lot time there this summer, and got to meet a lot of the people on the team that I really loved. The coaching staff has been awesome throughout this whole process, and I just loved it every time I’ve been there.”
What do you hope will come out of your football career at Yale?
“I hope to have a really successful career at Yale. I hope to play a lot, have a lot of fun, and make life long friends. I hope to win a bunch of games and get the most out of my football experience. It is extremely hard to play anything further than division one college football; only one percent of people who play division one college football end up playing at the next level, whether that’s the NFL or other professional football leagues. I don’t know if I’m in that one percent yet, but it would be difficult to do that coming out of Yale. I hope to get a good academic experience as well.”