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Coming off three straight successful basketball seasons where the Scorpions made the state playoffs in each, claimed two regular season 3A West region championships and had two MVPs playing for them, summer 2010 presents new challenges.

For now, 42-year-old Tina Hawes has taken the Sedona Red Rock High School girls basketball team in a part-time role.

Sedona Athletic Director John Parks has not officially named a successor after previous Head Coach C.J. Sells resigned in March, but Hawes seems to have a good handle on things.

Sedona girls basketball interim Head Coach Tina Hawes, center, gives pointers to incoming sophomores Tiana Hatler-Stefick, left, and her sister, Sierra, during workouts at Sedona Red Rock High School on June 3.  “I want to make it fun. I want to make it interesting for the girls. I don’t want them to lose interest in playing basketball just because we don’t have an official coach yet,” Hawes said after practice earlier this week.

Hawes is currently the head coach for the girls basketball team at Big Park Community School, but that may change after the summer is over.

Hawes was approached by Parks in an effort to at least have someone on duty to run the girls basketball program during the summer schedule while the search continues for a new head coach.

When asked if she would consider taking the job herself if she was asked to, her answer was honest.

“At first, I would have said no right away, but the girls have been trying to talk me into it so I’m weighing it over,” Hawes said.

Born in Denver, Hawes was quite the basketball player herself at Arvada West High School, claiming several awards including first team All-Conference and even an All-America selection.

Hawes was a point guard in her days and after graduating from high school in 1985, she had several scholarship offers from colleges wanting her to lace up the shoes for them, but she decided to call it quits and attend Colorado State University.

“I was burned out, ready to move on,” Hawes said.

Her athletic prowess didn’t end with basketball. Hawes was an excellent volleyball, softball and soccer player as well and even played in the Norway Cup as a 16-year-old.

Hawes graduated from CSU in 1989 and received her masters degree in 1993 from Arizona State University and is a freelance biologist, working with governmental and nongovernmental contracts, mostly handling environmental assessments and endangered species.

Hawes lived in Washington, D.C., before moving to Sedona in 2007 and is married to Rem Hawes. The couple have two children, 10-year-old Xan Hawes and 14-year-old Morgan Hawes.

Sedona girls basketball  interim Head Coach Tina Hawes watches her team practice June 3 at  Sedona Red Rock High School. Hawes is the current head coach of the Big  Park Community School girls basketball team.Morgan, the oldest daughter, will be a freshman this fall at Sedona and is a point guard, just like her mom was all those years.

In her spare time, Hawes likes to hike, explore and travel a lot but more recently has had a difficult time doing the things she loves.

Around the time Hawes and her family moved to Sedona, she was diagnosed with a bone marrow disorder and is currently receiving chemotherapy.

For someone giving everything she has to be a good mom, a good wife and a good coach, not to mention her job as a biologist, Hawes is always in a great mood despite her health issues.

“I’m doing fine. Things are going great. I love my life and I’m responding well to the treatments,” Hawes said with a big smile.

Spoken like the truly special person she is.

In the end, Hawes may return to her job as the Coyotes girls basketball coach, but for now,  Scorpion blood is running through her veins and the girls at Sedona have never been so lucky.

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