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Waterloo Blackhawks: Athletes of the Week


Vinnie Hinostroza and Jacob MacDonald, may be from different parts of the country but they have picked up and moved to Waterloo with the hopes of advancing their hockey careers

Hinostroza has 14 assists and 6 goals this season including two last Saturday against Dubuque and coach P. K O'Handley knows he is a very talented kid, "Vinnie Hinostroza might be one of the better players we've hade in a long time, he's young and his numbers probably aren't where he wants them to be goal wise but I think he'll electrify fans next year for sure and the way he plays kind of embodies the Cedar Valley. Hard working kid that brings it everyday and never stops working."

Jacob MacDonald, who is in his second season with the Blackhawks, has 6 goals and 21 assists this season. Coming to Waterloo was a nerve racking experience for MacDonald but once he arrived he settled right in, "I actually left my house on Christmas day, it was hard for me, I was 16, drove 9 hours in the snow to Waterloo. Never been here before, I showed up and my housing families door and it was crazy... I said you know what I'm going to be living here and they accepted me and it was awesome." 

Attending Waterloo West High school they are held to the same education standard as every other student with the exception of a rigorous hockey schedule.

Dr. Deb Riehle and her husband, a host family themselves to Blackhawk Jamie Hill know all to well how difficult it can be for these young men. "They're actually like freshmen in college because they're living away from their families and it's been so much fun to watch them bond with each other, and I can't speak highly enough of the way the coaches help with that and the way they young men work with each other.

Hinostroza, only a junior and one more year with the Blackhawks received a scholarship to Notre Dame while MacDonald will attend Cornell College in the fall.


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