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Shelby Schools superintendent, Elliott Crump, recognized and thanked Harvey Hawbaker, left, and his wife, Veanne, for their many years of dedication to the Coyotes and the school district prior to the varsity volleyball match last Thursday evening. Many were in attendance to celebrate the official unveiling of Hawbaker Court.

On Thursday, Sept. 5, the turnout for the Coyote varsity volleyball game was even greater than usual as many gathered to witness a special event, the unveiling of Hawbaker Court.

“The idea was brought to the School Board and they felt that Harvey deserved to be recognized for his 31 years of service to Shelby Schools,” said Shelby superintendent Elliott Crump. “He is both highly respected for what he did as an educator here in Shelby and for all he has continued to do within our community as a whole.”

Hawbaker’s career at Shelby Schools began back in 1961 and from 1982 until his retirement in 1992 he served as the Shelby High School principal. Although he retired from the school system almost three decades ago, Hawbaker and his wife, Veanne, have remained staunch Coyote supporters, attending all home games for the past 27 years. 

Fans throughout the gym stood and cheered upon the court’s dedication, but two special guests made the event that much more special, the surprise attendance of two of Hawbakers’ children, Trish and Jim. 

“It was a special night on Thursday as two of Harvey and Veanne’s children, Trish (Hawbaker) Wagner and Jim Hawbaker, made the trip up to celebrate the unveiling of the court,” said Crump. “Their attendance was a surprise. We had a good turnout for the event as Harvey and Veanne have many friends in the community and they all wanted to see the dedication of the court.”

Western Sports Floors out of Missoula painted the court and the new look and the new name were well received by all in attendance of Thursday’s match against Great Falls Central. 

Another event is slated to take place in honor of Hawbaker Court on Friday, Dec. 13, which is the first day of the Coyote Classic Basketball Tournament. You can bet the Hawbakers will be there, and at every Coyote hosted sporting event in between.

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