It is no easy task to compete as a dual-sport athlete at the high school level, especially when those two sports are polar opposites of each other.
That has not stopped Orange Lutheran senior Maddie Hahn. For each of her four years as a Lancer, Hahn has spent the fall months on the golf course, and then each winter, she trades in her golf clubs for a basketball and heads to the court. The varsity player cites the team itself as her motivation.
“I like being part of a team,” says Hahn. “Golf is more individual but still has the team aspect. But then basketball is all about the team. So you can’t just focus on yourself. You have to be focused on what’s best for the team.”
Hahn’s basketball career began as a 12-year old fifth-grader at St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Orange when she joined their after school sports program. She then moved on to National Junior Basketball (NJB) and has been playing ever since. Her commitment as a student-athlete does not go unnoticed by the Lancer coaching staff.
“It takes a lot of time and sacrifice to play two sports,” says OLu girls basketball head coach, Tom Howard. “It’s incredibly taxing and exhausting to be mentally locked in day in and day out in practice and competition. That takes its toll on an athlete over the course of two seasons, especially when they are back to back seasons without a break in between.”
As a shooting guard for the Lancers, Hahn loves to sink the three-pointers, but her personal goals for this season revolve around growing as a team leader, both on and off the court.
“I’m on the [more shy] side, so being a leader for me is outside of my comfort zone,” says the 18-year old. “So to step up and be a leader would be big for me.”
The team’s incredible playoff run and CIF championship last season are just a few of the many moments Hahn will miss when she graduates.
“I think it’s amazing to be a part of a group of athletes on campus,” says Hahn. “Being able to represent your school on the front of your jersey when you go to other schools is pretty amazing.”
Hahn is interested in playing golf and attending college in the Pacific Northwest, and she is considering a possible career in sports management. Her parents’ commitment to support all of her athletic adventures has left a lasting impact on her, both as an athlete and a person. She is grateful for the opportunity to compete at OLu while honoring her faith.
“I think it’s amazing that we can pray before games,” says Hahn. “I think it’s helpful, and just knowing that even when we don’t have the greatest game, we can always go back to that.”