Athlete Of The Week: Hanna Strawn

BINGHAMTON - The Seton Catholic Central girl's basketball team has hopes of repeating as state federation champions.

They're led by a pair of dynamic scorers that have 1,000 things in common.

Tonight, one of them is my Athlete of the Week.

"Does she ever stop? And the answer is no. You can see it, even just her standing around. She's always moving. She brings an energy and effort that the kids need to have, and she brings that every day," says Head Coach Colleen Jayne.

Seton Catholic Central senior Hanna Strawn has accomplished quite a bit in her high school playing career.

She's won a state and federation championship.

She's accepted a full scholarship to play basketball at Division I's Monmouth University.

And now, she's a member of the 1,000 career points club.

That club has now seen two Saints reach it's elite membership status this season, with Ava McCann having accomplished it in December.

It's no coincidence that the duo would hit that mark in the same year, considering they've been playing together for the past seven.

"We've been playing together since we were in 5th grade, playing on the boy's team. So, it as a really special moment for both of us achieving it this year. I'm just really excited for her," said McCann.

So what does that moment feel like when you're able to share it with your family and some of your best friends?

"It was awesome. It was definitely something that you dream about. Definitely just letting it come to me, I wasn't trying to force anything. I'm just thankful for all the teammates that I've had throughout the years, having me go through it. It's something that every player dreams about, so I was just really happy and proud to do that," said Senior Guard Hanna Strawn.

With this being her senior year, Strawn has to both stay in the moment to continue to produce this year, but she also has a lot to look forward to next year when she heads down to New Jersey to play at Monmouth.

"I'm so excited. They're actually having a pretty good season this year. I'm talking to the assistant and head coach, and I'm just really excited to get in there and see what I can bring to the team. Definitely just going to keep working hard, and the future is bright, so I'm excited."

The future certainly is very bright for Hanna, but as far as here and now, priority number one for her and the team is a championship repeat.

"We want to do it again. A lot of us were on the team last year, and the feeling is indescribable and unbelievable. I know Ava and I, for our senior year, we want to go out with a bang, and that would just be an amazing memory to add on to last year. We all just have to come together, have the same goal, and we're really working hard for it in practice. I think it's definitely attainable."

Of course, none of this would be attainable without family, including her parents Phil and Nikkie.

"My parents have been a huge influence. They're definitely real big role models for me, and everything they do I look up to them. Also, my gam, Diane Stento, my grandma, she runs the Danielle House. She's known around. She's been a huge influence to me, just that I can be strong and powerful, and going throughout life on and off the court. So, my family had a big role of who I am today."

From point one to 1,000, Seton to Monmouth, Hanna said it best.

The future is bright, and there's no doubt, Strawn will continue to shine.

The Saints have two games left in the regular season.

Both on the road, Owego on Tuesday, and Binghamton on Saturday.

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