Hank Klovekorn (’75) – Baseball
Hank Klovekorn – who was affectionately called “Hawk” by friends and teammates – was one part athlete, one part genious and one-part comedian. He likes to tell people that his heroes are Rodney Dangerfield, Graucho Marx and Johnny Carson. If you have spent any time around Hank, you would know why.
Hank was the Class of 1975 Salutatorian as well as the school’s outstanding Scholar Athlete.
A three-year letterman in the Explorers baseball program, Hank was a starting catcher who helped Columbus reach two state baseball championship games.
Hank was a sophomore starter on the first Columbus High team in any sport to reach a state championship game. Two years later, Hank was back behind the plate in another state final game — a one-run loss to Palatka.
Always a dangerous hitter, Hank’s best game at Columbus was probably the regional final in his senior year. Against Delray Beach Atlantic, Hank was 4-for-4 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI. It was a memorable game for many reasons – not the least of which is because it began on a Friday and, because of rain, was completed on a Saturday. Hank hit a home run on each day to propel the Explorers to the state semifinal.
Hank was named first team All-County as junior – after a season when he led the county in batting average and RBI. He was first team all-Catholic both his junior and senior seasons. He was named the All-Catholic Player of the Year as a junior.
Hank was awarded a baseball scholarship to Louisiana State University. He played at LSU for 2 years and hit .340.
Hank graduated from LSU with honors and later attained an M.B.A. from the University of Miami. He worked for three decades in the commercial real estate business in South Florida.
He recently married his long-time sweetheart, Laura.