— By GREG WEBB
Weatherford High School senior Lou Hawkins saw her years of hard work on the hard court come to fruition this week, as she solidified her intentions to make Weatherford College her next-level move for furthering her education, as well as her basketball career.
Hawkins’ reputation as a gutsy performer on the court has highlighted the senior’s high school career. The WHS student-athlete provided plenty of spark to the Lady Roos through her efforts, inspiring teammates with a never-quit attitude in the face of tough competition.
Lou brings her grit to the table for WC to become the latest of several local young women choosing to stay “home” to study and play ball.
“I was looking at Cisco Junior College, as well as Clarendon,” Hawkins said of her recruiting process, “but with Weatherford being my home town and hearing so many good things about [WC head basketball coach Bob McKinley], it seemed like the perfect fit for me.
“This is a big weight off my shoulders to get [the commitment] done. I am very thankful for the opportunity Weatherford College has given me, and I think WC can help me achieve bigger and better things.”
Hawkins has her eyes on an eventual vocation as a strength and conditioning coach, with plans to major in a sports science discipline, with a minor in nutrition. Lou has definite ideas about deploying those tools for her eventual goal while keeping her interests around the athletic arena.
“There are not very many strength and conditioning coaches at the college level who are women,” she said. “And I would just really like to be one of the few.”
Hawkins, who sat out two of her prep seasons due to injuries, is happy to be close to her family as she continues her career as a student-athlete.
“That was a big factor in my decision to attend WC,” she said. “I’m really happy my family will be able to come watch me play for a couple of more years, hopefully to make up some of that lost time.”