Student Athlete of the Week: Cami Hoke

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Full practices in the snow on a Saturday morning haven't always been the norm for Monticello girls soccer, just ask senior Cami Hoke.

"Before I came here some of the older girls told me we barely had enough to even field two teams, a JV and a varsity," Hoke said, "Ever since I've been here, the numbers at tryouts have constantly grown."

Hoke has played a key role in the Mustangs' growth, bringing a passion to the field that her coach has seen from the beginning.

"Even my first memory of Cami," Monticello girls soccer Coach Thomas Warren said, "I had an interest meeting her freshman year and I just remember her coming up to me afterwards and this sort of this real focused look of intent."

The two-time team captain has never shied away from stepping up as a leader, even as far back as kindergarten.

"I've kind of had ever since I was little, I don't know if it's just kind of in me," Hoke recalled, "I remember in kindergarten my P.E. teacher was like Cami you're the leader, you're in charge of this group of kids."

As a first team all-district center midfielder, Cami's leadership and bumble bee like energy extends to on the field.

"She's able to direct people and tell them where they need to go and keep the shape and maintain the forwards and the defense because that's really the vital things," Warren said.

Her persistence also shows up in the classroom as Hoke hopes to enter the medical field someday.

"The drive that I have to do well in everything, I'm up early before school, I go to teachers and ask for help," Hoke said.

As Hoke finishes her career it's a reminder of the big shoes she's leaving behind.

"She's kind of the heart and so it's going to be huge, a big loss for us when she goes," Warren said, "For me too because she really is the player I think I lean on more than any."

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