JOPLIN, Mo. The Hawks, an area junior high school girls basketball team, won three games to take the Holiday Tournament championship Saturday, January 2, in Joplin at the Sports Park of Southwest Missouri.

The Hawks opened the day with a 31 - 17 win over the Neosho Thundercats. In the second game, the Hawks beat East Newton 43 - 22. They followed with a 29 - 25 win over the Orange Crush from Baxter Springs and Girard for the Championship.

Members of the Hawks team are Tera Spear, Morgan Grant, Katrina Froebe, Kylie Jones, Lauren Anderson, and Paige Delmont all from Columbus and Mercedes Vogel from Pittsburg. Team coaches are Doug Jones, Kendall Grant, and Terry Jones.

The team will be in action again January 15-17 at the Riverton Winter Classic Tournament.