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Senior Profile: Hansen a constant contributor to Princeton's success
In 10 sports seasons during her four-year varsity career at Princeton High, Amanda Hansen has won more league titles, three, than she has experienced losing seasons, two.
The Eagles are 141-106-5 in volleyball, basketball and softball with Hansen on the team, and they have a chance to improve on their record throughout the rest of the basketball season and on the softball diamond the spring.
Hansen played side-by-side with Maryssa Martin from the time they were freshmen, and the duo are the engine that drives the Eagles success.
"It's fun playing with (Martin) because she's more competitive and she pushes me to be more competitive too," Hansen said. "It makes us better when we go against each other in practice."
Hansen and Martin started playing volleyball as freshmen when the team went 7-17-2 before rattling off three consecutive winning seasons, including back-to-back 21-win seasons in which they went undefeated in Pioneer-Valley League play.
A setter and outside hitter, Hansen credits her love of volleyball in part to Princeton coach Matt Harvey, who cultivates a challenging yet fun atmosphere.
On the basketball court, she is the team's leading scorer at 16.5 points a game and uses an accurate jump shot to score more points in the paint than any other Eagle despite measuring in at 5-foot-3.
"It's good to go against taller people too, we scrimmage the boys in practice because that really helps the reality of shooting inside," Hansen said.
A starter since her freshman year, Hansen and the Eagles haven't had a losing season since she arrived on the team. They went 18-7 with a perfect league record last season and are 10-6 and hope to challenge for another PVL title, though they are 1-1 in league so far this season.
Eagles basketball coach Nate Odom said Hansen's body control allows her to be a consistent player, and not just on the basketball court.
"It's great to have Amanda on any team whether it's basketball or volleyball or softball," Odom said. "She's a fantastic competitor who is always pushing herself and others on the court and on the field. She makes players around her better."
Hansen was the Eagles' primary pitcher for the last three years, but this year Hamilton transfer Jessica Lohse is on the team and will take that role — and Hansen couldn't be more excited. She toed the pitching rubber only out of necessity.
"I'm not a big fan of pitching. This year (Lohse) came to our school so she'll probably get to spend some time pitching so I'll get to play shortstop, finally," Hansen said.
Hansen shines at the plate where she is a .486 hitter with five home runs during her high school career.
After high school, Hansen plans on going to Sonoma State to study nursing. Nursing drew her attention because she likes the feeling of helping people, she said.
One of Hansen's cousins attended Sonoma and their experience lined up with what she wanted out of college. Smaller class sizes also played a factor in Hansen choosing Sonoma. She is used to seeing the same students in every class year after year.
CONTACT Kirk Barron at 749-4789