RECOGNIZING HEATH HAWKS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN
(Extensions of Remarks - June 26, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1136]
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             RECOGNIZING HEATH HAWKS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP WIN

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                           HON. RALPH M. HALL

                                of texas

                    in the house of representatives

                         Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  Mr. HALL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition of the Rockwall 
Heath Hawk's baseball team which brought home the title of ``State 
Champions'' this year in the University Interscholastic League Class 4A 
Texas baseball championship. Led by Coach of the Year Greg Harvey, the 
Heath Hawks had an exceptional season and playoff run before achieving 
victory over Cleburne for a 10-1 win for the state title. After making 
regional finals the past two years, this year is a culmination of the 
hard work and dedication of these young men.
  The Heath Hawks' record testifies they are successful competitors, 
but what makes them great is their work ethic, teamwork, and good 
attitude. These admirable character traits will carry these men far in 
life.
  The seniors in every team hold a special responsibility, and the 
eleven graduating seniors on this team should be congratulated for the 
leadership they provided throughout the season. Seniors Jovan Hernandez 
and Jake Thompson were specifically recognized this year for their 
skill and leadership. Jovan Hernandez was named State Tournament MVP 
and All-District Pitcher of the Year. Jake Thompson was named All-
District MVP and was drafted in the Major League's second round by the 
Detroit Tigers as their first pick.
  I am proud of Coach Harvey, his aide, and the Heath Hawks baseball 
team for their accomplishment in achieving the State Championship. I 
look forward not only to cheering for the Heath Hawks in the future, 
but to cheering on the men of this year's team as they pursue their 
goals in the years to come. I have every confidence that they will 
succeed.
  Mr. Speaker, I ask those here to join me in honoring Texas State 
Champions, the Heath Hawks, and in wishing them success in their future 
endeavors.

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