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Chris Murphy, Published September 04 2013

Spuds' Hakk no stranger to being a captain

Moorhead - Moorhead girls hockey coach Kaylee Black saw something special from senior Rebekah Hakk when Hakk was voted to be an assistant captain by her teammates as a sophomore.

“When I watched her practice her sophomore year, she just took it to another level,” Black said. “There wasn’t a drill in practice she wasn’t going 110 percent, and kids really catch on to that, and they become mesmerized by it. She has that drive every day. It’s never lacking. It’s a coach’s dream for everybody to do that all the time.”

There are 23 varsity sports at Moorhead High School and 764 upperclassmen who can potentially fill the roles of captain for each team. Hakk makes it pretty easy on everyone, as she’s the captain for three of those teams.

“Rebekah is just one of those kids that it’s not a guess in anybody’s mind that she’ll be a returning captain,” Black said.

Hakk is a first-time captain for the soccer team this season, will be a second-time captain for jumpers on the track and field team and will be serving her third season – one of which was as assistant captain – as a captain with the hockey team.

The votes have been tallied. The people have spoken. Hakk is their captain.

“She was chosen by her teammates,” Moorhead girls track and field coach Justin Gall said. “You need to have a strong personality to lead a group and have people respect you for what you’re doing in a sport. She’s just really good at accomplishing her goals, and they like to do the same.”

Hakk is a triple jumper, along with fittingly being the last line of defense for the hockey and soccer teams as a defender. She got into track and field to be like her older sister Rachael – who is on the track team at South Dakota State – and took up hockey and soccer because her older brother Nathan played.

Hakk followed the footsteps of her siblings, but little did she know others would be following her.

“It’s a leadership role, and I just like to be an example for others,” Hakk said before leading the Spuds at soccer practice Wednesday. “I noticed when I was younger people would follow what I did and my work ethic. I may not be the most talkative person, but I lead by example.”

Hakk remembers getting her first nod for a captain position, as an assistant captain on the hockey team as a sophomore.

“It was a true honor just to see where I was with others,” Hakk said. “It was an honor to represent the team and Moorhead.”

Hakk’s first love is hockey, and she hopes to play it at the next level, but Moorhead is certainly happy she created her own footsteps, while following in her siblings’ footsteps.

“If you were building a student-athlete, Hakk would be the model,” Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said.

Moorhead soccer coach Nicole Wiesner saw it last year when Hakk stayed after tryouts to work more. Wiesner recalls having to tell her to stop practicing so much, go home and relax on occasion. As always, Hakk did exactly what her coach asked.

“She’s the whole package,” Moorhead soccer coach Nicole Wiesner said. “She’ll do what a coach asks and usually with a smile on her face. The players respect her as a mentor for them. To be a captain of three sports, you must know the sports and be physically able to compete at high level in each sport. She does it all.”

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