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Park senior guard Cody Hofmann leads the team in scoring on the year at 15.2 points per game.

Q&A with Cody Hofmann

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Q&A with Cody Hofmann
Cottage Grove Minnesota 7584 80th Street South 55016

Q: What's your favorite basketball memory?

A: It has to be beating Woodbury this year at home by one point. Our team, overall, played very hard which made the win that much better. We haven't beaten Woodbury at the varsity level since I've been in the program so it was a great win for our team. Plus nothing can beat the Park-Woodbury rivalry.

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Q: What accomplishments are you most proud of?

A: The biggest accomplishment that I'm most proud of thus far has to be wearing that Park jersey. I don't know if people realize what our program represents, but it's much more than just basketball. There have been many lessons that I have learned through the years since I have been playing for Park that I know I'm going to take with me the rest of my life. The coaches have had a big influence on who I am today, and who I'm trying to be. I can't thank them enough.

Q: Do you have one individual performance at a game that sticks out as being a great one?

A: This year at Stillwater. I ended up making the game-winning free throw with two seconds left. To me that was great because we got a win versus Stillwater, which is a tough team to beat.

Q: Do you have one individual performance at a game that sticks out as being a bad one?

A: This year versus Tartan. We ended up losing by two. I didn't score a point in the game. I have two good friends that play for Tartan and months before the game we were trash talking on who was going to do what, and which team is going to win, so they ended up getting the last laugh. But, it was great to play against two of my good friends my senior year.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: I don't really have a pre game ritual. One thing I look forward to before the games is listening to coach (Greg) Juba. He always has jokes that are hilarious and it always seems to take the pressure away. He always gets our team laughing

Q: Do you have a nickname?

A: I just recently got a nickname, which is CHOF. My girlfriend came to a game with it on a sign. Before that no one ever called me that. It was pretty fun because the nickname came out of nowhere and ever since the team has been calling me it.

Q: What do you like to do off the court?

A: Off the court I like to hang out with friends, play pretty much any sport, have a good time and spend time with my family.

Q: What's your favorite movie?

A: Remember the Titans. I could watch that movie every day. The story behind it is great, and a lot of lessons are taught through the movie. And Denzel is a beast.

Q: Who's your favorite athlete?

A: Michael Jordan. He was on another level than everybody else, and it all came from hard work. He would go hard all the time; it didn't matter if it was practice or a game.

Q: What's your favorite sports team? (Besides your own)

A: The '86 Detroit Pistons. They played hard and had some great players. But probably the one thing that makes them my favorite team is the fight they had -- no one would push them around on the court.

Q: Do you have a favorite sport between football and basketball?

A: My favorite sport has to be basketball. It was the first sport I learned to play. Friday night lights are great, but there's something about stepping on the court with your teammates that can't be beat.

Q: What are your future goals?

A: Go to a four-year college and play basketball. During school I want to study secondary education, and get into the coaching field. Being a coach at the high school or college level is my biggest goal and dream that I'm going to accomplish.

Q: What advice do you have for young basketball players?

A: Every time you lace up those shoes and step on the court -- whether it be a game or practice -- go as hard as you can and never take the game for granted. The two things you can control are your attitude and your effort. Play the game with passion!

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