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Hawks Prepare for First State Appearance in 18 Years

| February 26, 2014


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The Hodgdon Hawks are  in the State Championship game for the first time since 1996. The Hawks claimed the Class D title on Saturday morning and are now looking forward to bringing a gold ball back to the County


Smith:” It didn’t set in. I still don’t think it has set in. It’s just kind of weird being in here practicing the last week in February. It’s a good thing. We will probably look back on it after the State Game is over with and reflect and enjoy it a little bit.”

The Hawks took a lot of pride in their defense during the second half of the season and that was one of the reasons for the successful run to the championship. Deyrell Vargas joined the team this year and said that winning a title caps off a great season

Vargas:” A lot of emotions going through your head. Just the fact we hade it to States and made it this far. It’s a goal we wanted to achieve at the beginning of the year and it feels good.”

The Hawks have had success in the past. Senior Tyler Sherman is a four year member of the team. His father Greg won an Eastern Maine Title back in the 86 and his grandfather Roger coached two girls teams to State Titles in 1979 and 80 and a runner up finish in 1978, .  They told him to savor the moment

Sherman:” Mostly they told me to enjoy the moment, have fun. Just a game hopefully we can come out and win.”

The players will practice on the Augusta Civic Center Floor on Friday evening. Coach Smith says the team might be a little tired, but they are going to be ready when put the uniform on Saturday afternoon. He has one piece of advice for them

Smith:”  Right now it’s about making memories.  We never know when we will get back. It’s been 18 years so you never know if we  are going to make it back next year or not. Go out there and play as hard as they can and leave it on the floor and whatever happens happens.”

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