Senior Beats Leukemia, Helps Unbeaten Tennis Team

1 decade 3 years 10 months ago Thursday, May 11 2006 May 11, 2006 Thursday, May 11, 2006 5:36:11 PM CDT May 11, 2006 in Sports

In the summer after eighth grade, all Hawf wanted to do was play tennis. Then, doctors told him the shattering news.

"I knew I wouldn't be able to come back for freshman year to play tennis, which I had been anticipating," said Hawf.

He was diagnosed with leukemia, which temporarily derailed his tennis career although the cancer was treatable.

"I don't know exactly how long I had chemo," Hawf recalled. "It was about a year or something, probably longer, and radiation treatments. It was tough. I lost my hair and got sick and couldn't play tennis. My energy was lacking, if I had any energy. It was tough, knowing I used to be on the courts playing, and playing really well, and then I had to be stuck in a hospital bed or home laying around."

Four years later, Hawf is back on the court and said he's playing the best tennis he can.

"I think his teammates are aware of what Scott has gone through," explained Coach Ben Loeb. "And I think they admire Scott for what he has gone through, his willingness to come back out and be a part of the tennis team and take that risk."

A risk that paid off for Hawf and Rock Bridge.

The Bruins take their 19-0 record into Saturday's North Central Missouri Invitational Tournament.

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