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Key’shaun Williams — An all-around student-athlete for Hawthorne

Key'shaun Williams poses with basketball

By: Michael Kennedy Syltavius Kelley All athletes perform well on the field, but it’s oftentimes rare to see them excel both on and off it. Key’shaun Williams, a senior at Hawthorne High School, is a perfect example of an all-around student-athlete. Not only is Key’shaun an excellent two-sport athlete, but …

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Hawthorne Stifles Paxton; Boys’ Basketball Team Advances to State Championship

Tip off at Hawthorne vs. Paxton basketball game

After watching the girls take care of business in Lakeland, the Hawthorne boys’ basketball team followed suit Wednesday. In a wire-to-wire win, Hawthorne stifles Paxton 70-58 to advance to the state championship. What they do best: Hawthorne stifles Paxton defensively After the win in the regional finals against Wildwood, Hawthorne …

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Hawthorne boys’ basketball survives Wildwood scare, advances to Lakeland

Hawthorne boys' basketball celebrates win in locker room

The tension was high at Bill Woods Court. The Hornets held a 28-point lead early in the third quarter, but that lead was whittled down to five by Wildwood early in the fourth. However, Hawthorne stepped up their shot-making in the final period, matching each blow from the Wildcats with …

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Hawthorne Boys’ Basketball Beats Pahokee to Advance to Regional Finals

Jump ball at Hawthorne boys' basketball game

The Hawthorne boys’ basketball team soundly defeated Pahokee Thursday night to advance to the regional finals. The Hornets won 63-39 in what was a wire-to-wire win. Hornets’ lock-down defense From start to finish, the story of this game for Hawthorne was their suffocating defense. Even when the Hornets weren’t hitting …

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Hawthorne Girls’ Basketball Advances to State Semifinals with win over Wildwood

Girls basketball team poses after win

In a physical battle that saw everything from bloodied noses to fan ejections, the Hawthorne girls’ basketball team outfought Wildwood. They won 47-41 in the Regional Finals to advance to the State Semifinals for the second year in a row. Story of the game: Physicality In a game between a …

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Hawthorne Boys Basketball Advances to District 7 Championship with win over Chiefland

The third and final match-up between the Hawthorne Hornets and Chiefland Indians ended much like the first two did. After Hawthorne took the first two games 66-37 and 66-34, they again prevailed in the District semi-finals 68-35 on Friday. Jumping ahead and never looking back After Hawthorne scored just 13 …

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P.K. Yonge boys’ basketball suffers heartbreaking loss, falling to Gainesville 66-64

basketball teams go for jump ball

The P.K. Yonge boys’ basketball team is starting to make a habit of losing close games, as Tuesday’s 66-64 loss to Gainesville became their eighth loss by single digits out of 12 total. It was also their second two-point loss to Gainesville of the season, having dropped the first 65-63 …

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Hawthorne Boys’ Basketball Team Escapes P.K. Yonge with 63-62 win

It was a wild, back-and-forth game throughout this rivalry match-up between Hawthorne and P.K. Yonge boy’s basketball teams but Hornets pulled through in the end to win 63-62. Hectic final few minutes It looked like Hawthorne had wrapped up the win when they went up 62-56 with just under a …

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P.K. Yonge Boys Basketball Loses Heartbreaker to Orlando Christian Prep 47-43

The 10-8 P.K. Yonge Blue Wave boys basketball team fought valiantly against the 16-2 Orlando Christian Prep Warriors, but it wasn’t enough. Despite a thrilling comeback, the Blue Wave still fell 47-43. How it went down Despite trailing for most of the game, P.K. Yonge had a chance to tie …

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Hawthorne Boys Basketball Improves Win Streak to 15 against Chiefland

Hawthorne basketball team stretches pre-game

It wasn’t always pretty, but the Hawthorne boys’ basketball team pulled away in the second half to secure a 66-34 win over Chiefland to improve their winning streak to 15 games. Sluggish start Another slow start once again plagued the Hornets. In their previous game against P.K. Yonge, they fell …

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