Forrest's Hawn signs with UT Martin

Friday, November 13, 2009
Her parents Tim and Teresa Hawn flank Forrest's Beth Hawn as she signs her scholarship papers to play basketball next year at UT Martin. In the back row from left are Forrest Principal Dr. Larry Miller, Assistant women's basketball coach Ashley Hobbs, Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean, Amanda Hawn, Hawn's AAU basketball coach Cliff Coleman, and Forrest AD Scott Delk.

Forrest's Beth Hawn has made her choice, wanting to get her college signing behind her so she can concentrate on her senior season of playing basketball.

Forrest head coach Jeremy Jean said about the Hawn signing, "The signing means a lot to Beth, especially now she doesn't have to worry about it. That monkey is off her back, now she has to focus on carrying us back to state. A lot of it will be on her shoulders and she knows that and that is why she is able to play Division I basketball."

Hawn, flanked by a bevy of family, friends, and her Lady Rocket teammates and coaches inked the paperwork to attend UT Martin on a full scholarship Wednesday morning at Forrest.

Hawn's father Tim said at the signing, "I just doesn't seem to be real to be honest with you. She has done a lot of hard work and played a lot of summers getting ready for this."

Hawn, the leading scorer for the Lady Rockets last season talked about her choice of UT Martin over some of the bigger spotlight schools, saying, "When we visited the campus, the people were real nice. People we didn't even know were waving at us and they really made us feel special. The campus is one of the top safest campuses in the nation and it is gorgeous. It is pretty big school, but in a small town and being from Chapel Hill I did not want to go to a big school."

The Lady Rocket standout post player turned down offers from Wake Forrest, Kentucky, Belmont, Martin Methodist, and Western Kentucky, instead choosing to become a member of the Skyhawk basketball squad in Martin.

Hawn has always been a player that makes her teammates better and that is also another reason why she chose UT Martin.

"Going to UT Martin I had a better starting position than one of those bigger schools where I wouldn't play until my junior or senior year", said Hawn. "I wanted to contribute to their program now. They are not at their best right now, but I think with this 2010 recruiting class we can become a good team soon."

With signing behind her, Hawn was adamant about continuing the Lady Rocket streak of state tournament appearances.

Hawn said, "I think we will continue the streak. We have a tougher schedule this year. We have more games, we have back-to-back games and I think the tougher schedule will make us better playing these harder teams and get us ready for district, region, and sub-state."

Forrest has reached the state tournament in each of the last four seasons, winning the Class A title in 2005-2006.

In 2008-2009 Hawn was voted the District 9A regular season MVP and the district tournament MVP and was named to the All-Region squad.

Hawn talked about being part of the Lady Rocket program, saying, "I love this school. I can't think of myself going to any other school. The teachers, the people, the team, I just love it here."

For the third consecutive year, the Lady Rockets open the season with a Hall of Fame game versus the eight-time state champion Clarkrange Lady Buffaloes on Tuesday night in Chapel Hill.

The 2008-2009 defending Class A state champion Lady Buffaloes, who eliminated Forrest 56-39 in the first round of the state tournament last season have not lost a game since the 2007-2008 state championship game versus Jackson County when they lost by a single point 31-30.

Forrest is 0-3 all-time versus Hall of Fame coach Lamar Rogers' squad, being outscored by the Lady Buffaloes 163-39 in those three meetings.

Hawn sees it different this time, saying, "I have the most confidence that we can handle them this year, we will stick with them. They are not going to beat us by thirty-two points again. That is not going to happen."