DIETERICH -- For a lot of students, summer is a time of sweet relaxation. The inescapable stresses of algebra homework and the late night hours spent studying for tomorrow's test are tossed out the window, instead replaced by days spent lounging at the pool and sleeping well into the afternoon.
That's assuming you're not Dalton Hinterscher, of course, because his summer of 2012 was entirely different. Hinterscher spent the early morning hours at the gym, working time and again to improve his game for the senior season that lay ahead.
The hard work paid off, as the determined guard scored 25.7 points per game and led the Movin' Maroons to a 22-9 record and NTC tournament title.
Now he can go ahead and add the Effingham Daily News Player of the Year Award to that list.
"I'm just happy that I did everything to get to this point," Hinterscher said. "All the sleepless nights and early mornings to get here, it's finally all paid off."
Coming off a junior season in which Hinterscher earned EDN All-Area honors after scoring more than 16 points an outing, he went to work adding more to his game than a silky-smooth jumper.
"When he was a sophomore and junior on varsity, he game was more of a spot-up shooter," Maroons coach Jeff Staser said. "Guys were penetrating for him and kicking the ball out to him. His revelation was, if I'm going to be able to do what I want to do my senior year, I'm going to have to be able to take the ball to the hole, elevate and shoot."
"I think where he improved the most from last year to this, something that he will agree with, was ball handling," Jamie VanScyoc said, Hinterscher's coach the previous three seasons. "Being able to go left or right was something that he struggled with from freshman to junior year."