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Five Questions: Sophie Hawkinson

08/15/2022, 12:15pm CDT
By Chuck Thompson

This edition of Five Questions is with Sophie Hawkinson. Sophie will be a Sophomore at Wayzata High School (MN) and just finished club season with North Tartan 2025 Nike. Among the best 2025s in the region. Thanks for your time Sophie!


1) You are coming off a great club season with North Tartan 2025 Nike which included a Minnesota State Championship, great success on the EYBL circuit, and tremendous success in many events where your team often faced older competition. What are some of your favorite memories from this just completed season?

There were loads of fun memories made this past season but my favorite had to be winning the state championship. Last year we had lost in overtime on a buzzer beater and that really stuck with our team and motivated us for this past year. It felt good to be back on top and celebrate with my teammates. My favorite memory off the court would be when Coach Berkvam would take our whole team on Dairy Queen runs. We would always have a blast and share tons of laughs just from being around each other. 

2) As one of the best 2025 talents in the region, you are likely to receive many Division I opportunities. What are you looking for academically and on the basketball court in a college program?

Getting to talk to coaches and learn about their schools and basketball programs has been an exciting experience! I am looking for a strong academic and basketball school that I feel is the right fit for me. One of the main things I value when looking at colleges is their culture. I look for a program where people get along and have positive relationships but at the same time push each other and want to win.

3) At Wayzata, you play in one of the toughest Conferences (Lake Conference) and Sections in Class AAAA. Wayzata has enjoyed great success, but has graduated Mara Braun, who will attend the University of Minnesota. What do you and your Trojan teammates need to do to continue the successful run at Wayzata and what are your goals personally and for the team?

Losing a player like Mara is tough but our team and myself learned so much from her. We also have a deep and experienced group of senior leaders returning and our team has big goals for this season. I expect our team to be extremely competitive and make some serious noise in the Lake Conference and in our section.

4) You are a multi-sport athlete at one of the biggest High Schools in Minnesota. That can sometimes be demanding on your time. How do you find balance between playing soccer and basketball?

Playing multiple sports can be demanding but I truly enjoy it. It doesn’t get much better then having the opportunity to play for two programs with huge success each year along side great talent. There are times where sacrifices have to be made but if you enjoy doing it, it’s worth it in the end.

5) Playing with North Tartan and Wayzata, you play many big games each year. What has been your favorite basketball environment to play in, excluding home games at Wayzata? 

It’s tough to match the environment of our section final game against Hopkins. The energy was through the roof and the gym was packed. It was awesome to see the huge Wayzata crowd there to support our girls basketball program as well. I look forward to more games like this in the EYBL circuit and the rest of my high school career.

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