Castle High's Brittney Hawn
(Fri) April 16, 2010
Edward Jackson (OIA Contributing Writer)
For Castle’s Brittney Ann Hawn the spring sports season is an extremely busy time of the school year. Hawn plays shortstop for the girls softball team then switches to competing in track running events when not performing on the diamond. “I'm kept real busy this time of the year,” admits Hawn. “Usually if there is a track meet when we are not playing a game then I will go compete in the meet.” In track she competes in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter sprint, 400-meter race and relay events.
Hawn says participating in track events has helped her improve her speed when running the bases in softball games. “Certainly the extra running helps me stay in shape and gives me that extra shift in speed when I’m trying to reach base (when playing softball),” Hawn said.
The sophomore says even though she enjoys track her main aspiration this school year is to help her softball team win games. Currently the team is aiming for a shot at winning the Oahu Interscholastic Association tournament.
“Every time I step onto the field I try to do my best…Competing in the OIA and (Hawaii High School Athletic Association) state tournaments last season felt unbelievable. It was especially exciting having a chance to play on the University of Hawaii’s (softball) field. It really inspired me a lot to work hard in practice. I’m hoping that our team can do well at these tournaments this year,” Hawn said.
The daughter of Kanai and Kimberly Hawn believes hitting is the the key to Castle’s success this softball campaign. “Our team’s strength is our hitting. We hit the ball pretty good at time and our ability to score runs has helped us win five of our seven games so far this season.” Hawn confuses.
“As for myself I’m actually satisfied with my hitting. I feel I’ve been doing alright lately. My on-base percentage is pretty high, but there’s always room for improvement…I bat both right and left handed. Being a switch hitter gives me an edge in getting a base hit. When hitting left handed I can get that extra step heading towards first base.”
Hawn says she intends to keep working hard both on the softball field and in the classroom. “My goals are to continue to do my class work, keep my grades up and work towards improving my athletic abilities. Hopefully with this combination I will be able to progress far in life,” Hawn said.