Sports Spotlight on Hannah Larson | VideoAlexander Gorney | 3/13/2013
Many athletes can only dream of winning a high school state title. In less than a year, Century`s Hannah Larson has won three.
"I`ve had a lot of really good teammates along with me that have won all three of them too. I guess its really fun."
Larson won state in basketball last winter, track in the spring, volleyball in the fall and has another chance at this year`s state basketball tournament.
"The basketball one that was probably my first big one, I guess. So I guess that was one of my the best, but I also think the volleyball one was really unique because I don`t think we were necessarily as much the favorites to win it. So I guess that was really cool too."
The all-stater in volleyball and basketball also won MVP in last year`s State A Basketball Tournament. Because of her height and position on the floor, opponents would be quick to think she can only play in the post, but her coach says otherwise.
"She`s always had good range out to the three point line but she`s never looked to shoot that and this year with some of the things teams are doing we put in some things to get her some open looks from the outside and she`s hit some big shots for us," said coach Ron Metz.
Those same skills caught the eye of older teammates when Larson was a freshman. They gave her a nickname which still follows her today: "Fresh."
"Being called `fresh` as a freshman coming in. The seniors that year tagged her that and it`s carried on, even today, I have a more difficult time calling her Hannah then calling her Fresh when I`m talking to her on the floor or when we`re going through a set or something," Metz said.
"The seniors last year all called me that and I guess it just started when I was playing volleyball on the sophomore teams so they all called me that and it just kept going til this year even," Larson said.
"It`s funny because I`m way younger than her and I still call her fresh," said sophomore Jordyn Jossart.
Even with her own nickname and more state titles than a two-fingered man can count on his hand, Neither is what Larson will miss most when she graduates in the spring.
"All the people and and the coaches we meet because we have a really special group of girls that here we have and a special coaching staff too."
Larson and the Patriots are the number two seed and they play Red River in the second game of the day tomorrow in the Exhibit Hall.
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