Hawkins has more in store for tennis

By Keiona Trimmer - Staff Reporter



Highline No. 2 singles player Kenzie Hawkins said she has big plans for her tennis career.

Hawkins has only been playing tennis for the last four years.

 She is excelling this season with the little bit of experience she has under her belt.

Hawkins won the No. 2 singles braket at NWAC Championships this season. 

In it's first year of competition, the ladies took home second place overall behind Bellevue.

Hawkins plans to continue with tennis, despite the little experience she has. 

"I started playing tennis my junior year of high school and haven't stopped  since," Hawkins said.

Hawkins, who is only a freshman, said she started playing tennis for fun.

 However, it became a passion, Hawkins said. 

She said she relishes the competition, and the satisfaction of seeing herself improve as a player. 

Hawkins was inspired to come to Highline because she wanted to be a part of bringing back the tennis program. She also wanted to come to Highline to experience tennis on a college team, but wanted to have the small setting atmosphere in the classroom at a community college. 

On the court, Hawkins says that nothing gets her down, and she is always motivated to be a better athlete.  

"As a teammate I always encourage others by supporting others no matter what," said Hawkins. 

One thing Hawkins is wanting to get better at is her mental game. 

"I get psyched out when I am playing a really competitive game. Sometimes this affects my consistency and ability to think strategically," Hawkins said.

Hawkins said one thing she enjoyed most about this season was having Head Coach Laura Rosa help the whole team focus to become successful as a whole. 

"Because of this we all supported each other, we were all focused and determined to be a good representation of Highline," Hawkins said. 

Her academic goal is to get a degree in education. Hawkins says she wants to be a physical education teacher at an elementary school.

For now, Hawkins wants to continue her tennis career in hopes of playing for a D2 school, and continue to play for USTA, a tournament league. 

In her spare time she wants to be able to coach tennis for a high school or college team. 

Hawkins will still be playing for Highline next year, and she is hoping for a championship next season.

Women's golf takes home eighth with no sales tax

The Highline women's golf team took home eighth place in a tournament hosted by Southwest Oregon over the weekend.


Gollin aims to be a star

Stefani Gollin has come a long way in her journey to become a star softball pitcher.


Hawkins has more in store for tennis

Highline No. 2 singles player Kenzie Hawkins said she has big plans for her tennis career.


Library fight club

Public Safety Officers responded to a possible fight involving four individuals near the library at 9:30 a.m. May 3. Officers talked to witnesses who said that those involved were most likely horsing around, Public Safety said. There is no word if injuries occurred.

Apple picking

A student reported seeing an individual stealing an iPhone in the East Lot on May 3 at 11:38 a.m. The report claimed the thief opened an unlocked car to snatch the phone. The suspect has not been found, Public Safety said.

Individual takes a nap in Building 26

An individual was found sleeping in a crawl space in Building 26 on May 4 around 7:40 p.m. The suspect woke up to the sound of Public Safety officers and bolted from the scene. Highline crews arranged for the crawl space to be blocked off to future nappers.

Suspect pulling car door handles

Public Safety officers made contact with an individual who was yanking on multiple car doors in the East Lot at 11 a.m. on May 5. The individual did not have a ID and claimed he was just waiting for a friend to get out of class, Public Safety said. There is no word if the individual faced charges or met up with their friend.

Blossoms take student to homeland

Congratulations and good luck

Listen to music in the sun

Women's fastpitch playoff bound

Long-gone glaciers echo in landscape

Director uses past to help students

Register to vote

A Taste of the World

Women's golf takes home eighth with no sales tax

No texting while driving under new state law

AANAPISI to host series of events

Reader opposes bid to change athem

Portfolio Show prepares students for creative fields

Gollin aims to be a star

Decades have done much to Dubai

Women of color unite at summit

Anthem speaks to who we are

Welcome to the Space Jam Club

Hawkins has more in store for tennis

MaST Center seeks volunteers for summer