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Auburndale High school male athlete: Austin Hawkins

May 10, 2013
 
Austin Hawkins
Austin Hawkins
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Austin Hawkins

Parents:

Lisa and Eric Shacklett

Athletic achievements:

Freshman letters, honors: Baseball, basketball.

Sophomore letters, honors: Basketball, baseball (second-team all-conference), football.

Junior letters, honors: Basketball (first-team all-conference, Marawood player of the year, first-team WBCA all-state, honorable mention AP all-state), football (first-team all-conference tight end).

Senior letters, honors: Football (first-team all-conference end, second-team all-area), basketball (first-team all-conference, Marawood South player of the year, first-team WBCA all-state, third-team AP all-state, Central Wisconsin Gannett player of the year, WIAA state all-tournament team).

Academic honors:

Two-time academic letterwinner; National Honor Society; two-time state forensics qualifiier.

Volunteer work:

Volunteer with our youth athletic programs in the area, working with the local basketball, baseball, and youth football associations.

College plans:

Attending Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., to major in communications while playing basketball for the Cobbers.

Favorite sports memory:

My favorite memory was making the state tournament this season. The outpouring of support from the area was incredible, and it was like living a dream playing in the Kohl Center. Taking home a silver ball was like icing on the cake, though it was disappointing not to win the state title. We consider ourselves blessed. The overall experience was something I will never forget.

Advice to an athlete:

I would tell an aspiring high school athlete to not waste time. Four years seems like a long time, but really, it goes by in the blink of an eye. People can say they are going to get in the gym or the weightroom but actions speak louder than words. Don't say you are going to work hard tomorrow, but do it today. You'll be sitting back at the end of your senior year wondering where all that time went. Leave no room for regrets.

Your inspiration:

My mother. My mom played college basketball and I always felt I had to one-up her. She showed me the importance of hard work and perseverance and taught me nothing in life is handed to you. If you want something, you have to go out and take it yourself. My mom also showed me the importance of character and moral values, for all of the trophies and awards won will tarnish and collect dust, but the person you are will carry on forever.

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
574 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
856 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1015 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1271 votes

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