Thursday, December 27, 2007

Hawkins bounces back

While moonlighting as a sports reporter Wednesday night (Chris Roberts is on vacation), I saw something special at the West High gym — Tom Hawkins, standing next to the court talking with fellow Breakfast Lions.

It's usual for Hawkins to attend at least a few games of the Tom Hawkins/Tracy Breakfast Lions Tournament, which was named in his honor. But this year, it took a bit of an extra effort.

Press publisher emeritus Sam Matthews reported several weeks ago that Hawkins was ill. He told me that Hawkins had congestive heart failure and his kidney function was touch-and-go.

But Hawkins bounced back for at least the first-round games of the Tracy and West high varsity girls basketball teams.

Photographer Enrique Gutierrez told me how Hawkins explained his presence just a short while after such serious complications: Wouldn't miss it for the world.

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