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Amanda Hansen

December 21, 2018

By Andrea Hoffman

            Amanda Hansen, all-time leading scorer for girls’ basketball at West Point-Beemer with 1,990 points, went on to play college basketball at Midland University. She ended her high school career as the all-time leader not only in points but also in rebounds, steals, assists, field goals made, free throws made, and three point field goals.

            Hansen chose Midland over the University of Nebraska Omaha. Being close to home and having small class sizes were two factors other than basketball that helped her make her decision.

            Time management is important for high school athletes but even more so for college athletes. Hansen begins her classes at 8 am and on Mondays Wednesdays, and Fridays she works until she has film for an hour, lifting after that for an hour, then practice for two to three hours. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, instead of going to work, Hansen has an internship.

            In addition, many sacrifices must be made when playing collegiate sports. Amanda isn’t able to visit her family or see her friends as much as she would like.

            Hansen stated “There are times that I hate my life,” but one thing that has pushed her to continue her basketball career is in the long run she won’t be in debt because ¾ of her college is paid for by scholarships.

            Overall, Hansen said playing basketball in college is worth it. She has made new friends and learned how to stay caught up in all her classes.

            Hansen has become successful in basketball because she has put in time outside of practice, and she spends an extra hour a day to work on her shooting.

            Hansen believes that if people go out for a college sport, they should stay out for their freshman and sophomore year. After they try it for two years, then they should decide if they want to continue or not.

            Hansen had success in high school, and she is in college as well. In the 2016/17 season and the 2017/18 season, she received All GPAC Honorable Mention recognition.

            The current season has been going well, with Hansen averaging 11 points per game. The Midland Warriors recently beat Morningside, who was ranked #8. That win earned the Warriors a #25 ranking.



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