Washington High School senior Wendy Hawk loves music and she loves the game of softball.
Those two passions have led her to Wittenberg University, where she will play for the Tigers’ softball team and study music.
Hawk was joined by her parents, Don and Holly, and coaches as she signed a letter of intent on Wednesday to make it official.
“I was looking at Wright State heavily, because I’ve always loved it,” Hawk said. “My dad was stationed there for 22 years in the Air Force. I talked to their coach and she said that their recruiting for my class was already over by the time I spoke with her. She said I could have tried out and walked on, but, at the same time, I wouldn’t have been able to have a college life and play softball with the amount of practice time they put in. They have three practices a day; one in the morning, one after lunch and one in the evening.”
Hawk gave some insight into her background in the sport of softball.
“I started off playing baseball with my brothers,” Hawk said. “That’s when softball came into town and I started playing that. Then, I started varsity as a freshman and it’s been my passion ever since.”
Hawk is an all-around athlete, playing soccer, basketball and softball for four years at WHS. She was also a kicker on the football team the past two seasons, converting two field goals.
“I have a love for all of those sports,” Hawk said. “I feel like I’m better at softball, but, I loved all of those seasons. If I had to replace one with another sport, I wouldn’t. I would play all of them again, because I love them so much.”
Hawk has received a scholarship for music for Wittenberg. She plans to double-major in music and psychology.
“I could get a music degree and then I could get a degree in psychology,” Hawk said. “I’ve always loved music, so, just in case I change my mind over time, I’ll have music as (an option).”
Hawk said her favorite classes in high school included phys. ed (physical education), sociology and psychology.
“What Wendy has meant to our program over the last three years I’ve been here — she holds nine school records, either season records or career records, that she’ll be leaving us with,” Washington varsity softball coach Randy Elzey said.
“She’s the all-time school leader in home runs (17), RBI (105) — I mean, there are multiple categories she’s the leader in,” Elzey said. “She’s kind of the backbone of our team. She’s a very hard worker and she’s going to be sadly missed. Our loss is going to be Wittenberg’s gain. They are gaining a very good player.
“Wittenberg’s current shortstop is a senior, so hopefully Wendy will vie for some playing time next year,” Elzey said.
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