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River View grad signs with Ohio Valley University

| August 16, 2013

WARSAW – Rusty and Bobbi Hawkins can finally relax and sleep at night.

After making visits to several schools and doing a lot of negotiating, their daughter Kylie signed Aug. 13, to play volleyball at Ohio Valley University in West Virginia.

“It took a really long time to decide,” Kylie said. “I knew what I wanted to do, but not where I wanted to go. It also was tough deciding between softball and volleyball, but I got it figured out because I had better scholarship opportunities with volleyball.”

She mainly settled on Ohio Valley University because of its size.

“It’s small and I know I can get help if I need it,” said the 2013 River View High School graduate. “I also have a friend going there so that is helpful too.”

Hawkins plans to major in business and is looking forward to contributing to the volleyball team as soon as possible.

“I can basically play anywhere,” she said. “At River View I was an outside hitter, but the coach (at Ohio Valley) told me he will use me wherever I’m needed.”

Ohio Valley didn’t win a lot of games last year, but Hawkins believes the 2013 team can improve that record.

“I think we are going to be good because we have a lot of talent,” she said.

Rusty and Bobbi are excited for Kylie.

“She’s always been pretty athletic,” Rusty said. “She played basketball, but got tired of that and wanted to try something else so she went out for volleyball. I’m very impressed that she is going on and playing at the next level.”

Kylie actually never touched a volleyball until her freshman year at River View.

“The coaches here (at River View) really taught me everything I know,” she said.

Kylie earned two letters in varsity volleyball

“It’s always exciting to see a kid continue on in a sport they love to play,” said Cari Bahmer, the varsity volleyball coach at River View.

She also said Ohio Valley University is getting a great kid and athlete.

“Kylie will run through walls for you and run down balls you would think there is no way someone could get to,” Bahmer said. “She was a real asset to our program and Ohio Valley University is lucky to get her.”

Rusty and Bobbi can’t wait to watch her play there.

“When she played her last game here I thought it was over,” Bobbi said. “She worked really, really hard for this.”

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I started my journalism career in 2002 with a daily newspaper chain. After various stops with them, I am happy to be back home! I graduated from Coshocton High School in 1998 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 2002 from Walsh University. I also earned several awards while working for daily papers, including being honored by Coshocton County’s veterans for the stories I wrote about them. I am honored and ready to once again shine a positive light on Coshocton County. I also am the proud mother of a little girl named Sophia!

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