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    Hawken eager to compete

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    Hawken returns five district qualifiers and one state qualifier from last season and, with the addition of several talented freshmen, the Hawks are eager to compete this spring.

    “I believe we will be very competitive and will prove ourselves as the season progresses,” said Hawken coach Brian Smallwood. “We are fortunate that we have some very good freshmen who have come out for the team this year. It certainly makes our depth chart look promising.”

    Returning for the Hawks are sophomore Behrend Diderich, a state qualifier last spring, and seniors Praveen Kumar, Ryan Levine, and Finn Rourke. All three seniors qualified for the district meet last season along with junior Ashwin Balakrishnan.

    Senior Ishan Vyas and junior Rohan Desai and freshmen Zach Forte, Axel Neely, Tyler Snyder, Matt Yang, and Anthony Piazza also will vie for playing time this spring.

    “We have new team dynamics with the addition of the new freshmen,” Smallwood said. “We will attempt to jell as a squad and figure out how to work together.”

    With several new faces in the lineup, Smallwood hopes to use that as an advantage, especially early in the season, as his new players hit the cour.t

    “Many of our new players are unknown to the rest of the league,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how our new players stack up against other teams.”

     

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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