By Steve Svetovich
Holy Cross senior point guard Hayden Hosie is a leader on the basketball court for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross is 12-3, including 7-0 in the division at press time.
Hayden scored 12 points in his team’s 12th win, 62-33 over Old Forge, Friday, Jan. 27. Teammates Michael Hughes and Gabe Gonzales scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, in the Division III win.
The tough-minded senior is averaging 12.5 points and 6.0 assists per game in a stellar season under veteran coach Al Callejas.
Son of Eric and Lynne Hosie, Hayden has a 3.7 academic average at Holy Cross. He is undecided about a college, but would like to study biology and eventually go to medical school to become a doctor.
Hayden talked about Coach Callejas who continues to coach despite a cancer diagnosis last year. “He is doing well. Coach Callejas is at every game and every practice. He is a great role model. He tells us to give 100 percent at all times.”
The senior scholar-athlete and aspiring medical student said he learned a lot from his parents, “They teach me how to handle myself in all situations. They tell me how to conduct myself and build good character.”
Well-spoken, Hayden talked about the success of the team this season. “We came together and jelled as a team,” he said. “We play together and for each other.”
He talked about what it takes to be an efficient point guard. “You need to put the team first and have a winning mentality. You can’t focus on stats.”
The senior standout talked about goals. “Well, my immediate goal is to help this team win a district championship and go on to Hershey.
“I want to take my time choosing a college and making the right choice. Playing college basketball is up in the air. I want to focus on academics and eventually become a doctor.”
Hayden said his best academic subject is science. He would like to see J Cole, a rap artist, in concert.
A member of the National Honor Society, the studious senior said he has enjoyed his experience at Holy Cross immensely. “It’s been great from my freshman year right through to my senior varsity season. I learned as a freshman from a very good senior class. I put what I learned into my next three years and took on a leadership role. Holy Cross has been a great experience for me. It’s been a great learning experience.”