Athlete of the Week: Kate Hanson

You might know Kate Hanson from her play on the Princeton High School volleyball team, a team that measures success in things like digs, kills and hits.

But Kate has never had a hit like the one she had Tuesday, April 3 when she hit an inside-the-park home run as a member of the Tigers’ girls softball team and put the team’s only run on the board in a 21-1 loss to Blaine.

Kate, the daughter of Mike and Tammi, started playing ball at a very early age when she took up T-ball as a young girl in Baudette. She joined the Princeton girls softball program as an eighth grader — and she’s glad she did.

There’s something special about being a member of a team and she’s been playing with many of her teammates for five years now.

One of her favorite things about playing softball has been the opportunity to get to know all her fellow teammates.

“I’ve played with a lot of the same girls since the start,” she said.

Now a senior starting left fielder, Hanson hopes to improve on her 2011 stats, when she had a .160 batting average in 25 plate appearances. Last season she had a .250 on-base percentage, scored two runs and recorded one RBI.

Kate, who will attend Minnesota State University – Mankato next year, intends to major in family consumer sciences and wants to someday be a dietician.

But there’s a long softball season ahead before she heads off to college.

She would like to help lead her team to the playoffs and earn a playoff victory — and try to hit another home run before her senior year is over.

Whether she hits that home run is yet to be seen. But the one she hit last Tuesday was surely a hit made for the highlight reels!