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Lewiston's Hewett takes home P1FCU Prep Athlete award

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To celebrate the opening of the prep tennis season that gets underway this weekend, we felt that we’d kick off the season by honoring one of Idaho’s best. Lewiston’s Gavin Hewett tore through league play in 2016 by going 5-1 overall which culminated in a district championship and a trip to state. Primed to do better this time around, we honor Gavin with this week’s P1FCU “Prep Athlete of the Week” award.

"I started playing tennis ever since I can remember,” said Hewett. “My dad was a big tennis player and we have a tennis court at my grandparents. At my house I hit with my dad and other relatives and I go to Kai's like three times a week to hit at the college."

It’s easy to tell that Gavin Hewett is dedicated to his craft when it comes to playing tennis. The senior, who took home a fifth place finish at state last year, said he’s excited that the tennis season has returned but there’ll be no easing into things this year and that’s just the way Gavin likes it.

"I think I enjoy having some of the harder matchups at first cuz it really just gets me ready,” said Hewett. “You get a lot of players from Boise and Vallivue so you get a lot of good players coming down and you get a good test to see how you are to start out."

The senior will attend Spokane Falls Community College to play tennis in the fall, following in the footsteps of his father. Gavin also points out that tennis is a mental game more than anything else, and you won’t see him pull a Serena Williams anytime soon.

"When I was younger I probably hit against the ground a few times, probably too many but now that I'm older I think that I kind of got over it a little bit and I'm more careful with it,” said Hewett.

Gavin, who also competes in hockey and soccer, says his favorite get-away place would be Waikiki Beach in Hawaii. The 3.8 student says traveling is something he loves to do and is thankful that tennis has given him the chance to play outside the area.

"In the summer I usually play lots of tournaments, Spokane, Walla Walla, I've been to Boise and Yakima,” said Hewett. “I think they really just help with it being the offseason and not being the spring. So it keeps you playing all year long."

We hope you enjoyed meeting Gavin this evening. Each week throughout the school year KLEW Sports and P1FCU team up to highlight a deserving athlete in the area. If you have someone you’d like to nominate you can shoot me an email at zsimonar@klewtv.com and we’ll showcase those athletes right here on KLEW-TV for their outstanding accomplishments.

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