PROWL PICK: HAWKIN SWEENEY

PHS soccer player shows incredible skill on the field

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Photo Courtesy: Hawkin Sweeney

Junior Hawkin Sweeney goes against a Worland defender with his sophomore teammate Steven Stambaugh.

Junior Hawkin Sweeney plays varsity soccer, has achieved some goals and set records in his high school career.

He has a great attitude on the field toward his teammates, and that goes both ways,” Assistant Coach  Mr. Russ Schwahn said. “Hawkin is definitely a team player. He doesn’t get the ball all by himself and he knows that his teammates play a big part in his success also.”

Hawkin is definitely a team player. He doesn’t get the ball all by himself and he knows that his teammates play a big part in his success.”

— Mr. Russ Schwahn

Sweeney spreads the wealth to his teammates, and the coaches say they pay attention to how hard he works even in the off season.

“But having Hawkin being a team player he has worked hard and is dedicated to his sport and to getting better at the game of soccer,” Mr. Schwahn said.

Sweeney will be attending a few camps out of state such as the Idaho Coach Camp, Denver camp, a Showcase tournament  and then a tournament in California, the Surf Cup.

 “By doing all of this, he brings an incredible amount of experience playing the game and he understands the strategies needed to counter the defenses that he faces,” Coach Schwahn said.

Sweeney has accomplished a new school record, with over 20 goals this season. 

“I didn’t go into the season with the mindset to break the school record,” Sweeney said. [I’d rather] beat my old personal record from freshman year, which was 11 goals.” 

Sweeney attended camps and tournaments out of state and plans to pursue soccer at a NCAA Division I, II or III. He wants to go to California for college.

“As far as the school record is concerned, I haven’t seen a player score this many goals in my nine years of coaching soccer,” Mr. Schwahn said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a record for PHS.” 

But Sweeney likes to keep things in perspective.

“Personally I feel like I have been doing well and I’m happy I started the year off strong,” Sweeney says. 

Sweeney will lead the Panthers into the state tournament May 20-22. PHS is the No. 2 seed out of the 3A West.

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