Posted On: 08/21/15 3:00 PM

St. Paul Academy went to the state tournament when Kent Hanson and Dalante Peyton were sophomores.  Last year they lost a few more games than they wanted but they still collected 19 victories. 

In 2015-16 SPA is looking at championships and championships alone.

“I'm feeling optimistic about next year,” said Hanson.  “Our 2016 class is the strongest class that St Paul Academy has had in a while. We definitely miss Coach (Kevin) McKenzie but we have a lot of experience in our senior class.

“Our goal is to win the conference and state championship and I think we can do that if we have a strong fall.”

Hanson is coming off a spring and summer that built his reputation as a skilled worker that will do whatever it takes for his team to win.

“Well, obviously (Grassroots basketball) focuses a lot on skill development, but I think that an underrated advantage of (Grassroots) is playing alongside and against better players,” Hanson said.  

“In my case, it was a drastic change from playing Class AA basketball in the winter season. Practicing with and playing against better players pushed me to work harder. I think that working hard is a skill

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