Harrisville's LaPlatney Signs To Play With Sage
BY DAVE SHEA
HARRISVILLE - The first time Hannah LaPlatney hit the court as a fourth grader she fell in love with basketball and with the idea of being a Harrisville Pirate and following in the footsteps of five older siblings.
Like so many other youngsters she dreamed of playing for her school, her community and her family and as she developed her athleticism and skills she dreamed of becoming a college basketball player.
That dream never wavered when she suffered a knee injury which required surgery. After completing rehabilitation she returned at full strength and quickness for of her senior soccer season and enjoyed a complete senior basketball season where she earned Second Team All-NAC West honors. Highlighting the season was a game against Heuvelton where she converted a series of spin moves and drives through traffic and jumpers to score 15-points in the fourth quarter.
Hannah also plays AAU Basketball with the North Country Fury program directed by Jim DiSalvo.
She has also earned NAC All-Star and Sportsmanship Awards in soccer including First Team All-Star honors as a Junior. She will complete her scholastic basketball career in the Exceptional Senior Game at SUNY Canton on March 24.
Her dream of becoming a college basketball player was realized recently in a ceremony at Harrisville Central when she signed an NCAA Letter of Intent to play basketball at Sage College. She plans to major in Psychology and someday work in a mental heath facility. She will play for the Gators at the NCAA Division III level under Coach Allison Coleman who has recently celebrated her 100th win with Sage.
"Hannah has worked very hard to get here. She started her love for the sport at a very young age. Through the years she has been active in a lot of sports from soccer to softball but basketball has always been her passion. She has worked hard during the season of each sport but always worked during the off season," said Hannah's mother Jackie LaPlatney.
She has been a Dedicated Harrisville Pirate since the fourth grade when her feet hit the court. "We are very proud of her. She has a real heart for the game for sure."
Harrisville Girls Basketball Coach Steve Roberts felt very fortunate to coach Hannah LaPlatney in his first year as the varsity coach and was delighted to see her return to full strength and quickness. "We are happy for Hannah, she worked hard to come back after knee surgery. She was able to play the last few soccer games this season. We wish her all the best at Sage. She plans to play AAU this summer and is looking forward to playing next season with Sage," said Coach Roberts.