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Hawkinson said goals were key in season’s success

Being one of the eight teams in the state who make it to the B tournament was a thrill for the Potter County Battlers, when the newly formed Gettysburg/Hoven co-op made it to the show last weekend.
That thrill was amplified when GHS junior Kole Hawkinson starting hitting three point shots.
Three games and 14 three-pointers later, Battler fans cheered even louder when he raised the bar to set a new standard, breaking a 21 year old State B record.
People who know Hawkinson can easily picture him shooting baskets in his driveway. He credits his favorite past time to his uncle, Jerrid Goebel, 1990 Battler, and brother, Kyle Hawinson, 2005 Battler. “When I was young, they always took me to the Youth Center to play,” he said. “We have shot around a lot and played many games of “pig” in the driveway, too.”
His practice paid off, and his three pointers and free throws helped add up to his 29 points in the final game of the tourney. He said that his mind was not on breaking the record, though. “I really stayed focused on the Battlers winning the game and thought that the record would come if it was meant to be,” he said. It came in the fourth quarter of the seventh place game against the Arlington Cardinals.
He said that the best part of the weekend was being there. “Just making it to the State Tournament was awesome! I saw a lot of great basketball and met many new friends. We are going to work hard so we are able to meet up there again next year.”
“We started out with new coaches and players added to our team this year. We set our goals, worked hard and we did what we do best. Now, we are ready to set our goals for next year,” he said, adding, “This year was more fun than I could have ever imagined!” He was also named to the all-tournament team.
Hawkinson is the son of Julie and Dave Kilian, and Ken Hawkinson.
By Molly McRoberts

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