Rigorous spring football practice sessions have been the norm during the first weeks of June for the Interlake Saints football team.
Interlake senior running back/cornerback Austin Hourn is a huge fan of Interlake’s first year head coach Shawn Hartline’s approach on the gridiron.
“We’re just focusing so much on conditioning right now. I have never been worked as hard by any coach like this,” Hourn said with a smile. “He works us hard. I like the transition.”
The Saints are usually one of the smaller teams in the KingCo 3A Division in terms of the size of its team roster. Many players on the Saints squad typically play on both sides of the ball. The Saints had between 25-30 players at spring practice on June 19.
“We don’t have as many people so we have to work twice as hard as most teams and just have to continue to work harder,” Hourn said. “We will step up our game and play until the whistle.”
The 5-foot, 8-inch Hourn doesn’t look at his lack of size as a detriment. He believes his diminutive stature gives him a distinct advantage as a ball-carrier.
“They (defenders) won’t be able to see me. I will be hidden behind the linemen,” he said.
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Hourn a few questions about his life away from the football field.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Austin Hourn: I would say “Black Panther.” There is nothing really to match that. It was really amazing.
BR: Where do you see yourself in five years?
AH: In college studying something sports related. Most likely sports medicine.
BR: What kind of music are you listening to the most in your iPod right now?
AH: Rap and R&B. I’m listening to Tupac (Shakur) and Biggie (Smalls).
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
AH: Tupac Shakur. That would be dope.
BR: What is something unique about you?
AH: My smile. That is the most unique thing about me.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
AH: Hawaii. It just looks special. The clear waters and going cliff jumping would be the best thing.