Article by Ian Grande
With Wyatt Hanson and the rest of the Stanley senior class (Kaedyn Hanson, Matt Patten, Mickey Gunderson, and Quadye Lee) wrapping up their prep basketball careers in less than a week, it seems like a fitting time to take a look back at the group that completely re-wrote the record books at Stanley High School.
Wyatt Hanson is truly a once in a generation type talent for a Class B community. The high flying senior has teamed up with his cousin Kaedyn Hanson to form one of the greatest dunking duos in the state’s history.
Plays like this have been the norm over the past few seasons in Stanley:
Wyatt and Kaedyn dunk so frequently that it is easily to lose perspective on how rare dunking is in North Dakota High School Basketball. I am fairly certain that the two cousins have more dunks over the past two seasons than the rest of Region 8 combined. I’ll take it one step further, the duo likely has more dunks that any single region in the state over the last two years.
The dunking cousins have made a handful of appearances on Midco Sports Net this season. Jody Norstead, who is widely respected in North Dakota sports circles recently featured the pair in his “Dunk City” segment on Midco Sports Tonight.
The amount of dunking has been historic, and so has the scoring. Wyatt Hanson recently passed former Mr. Basketball winner Dustin Undlin (1994) to move into 19th on the Hoopsters all-time Class B scorers list.
Hanson will have three more games at the North Dakota Class B State Tournament to add to his already massive career total of 2173 points.
Wyatt isn’t the only Hanson that has put up some impressive career numbers. Kaedyn eclipsed the 1000 point milestone earlier this season, he currently has 1187 career points.
Fellow senior Matt Patten currently sits at 817 points, giving this impressive senior trio a combined 4,117, with three games left to add to the total.
It is also worth noting that another senior Abby Iverson eclipsed the 1000 point mark this season for the girls program. Giving the 2018 senior class three players that scored more than 1000 points.
Awards, awards, and more awards
Stanley also took home a historic haul of Region 8 awards this year. Wyatt Hanson and Abby Iverson were both named Region 8 Senior Athlete of the Year. Stanley Girls Basketball coach Kelly Roemmich won the Region 8 Coach of the Year, and Stanley Athletic Director Brooks Stafslien was named Region 8 Athletic Director of the Year.
I have a feeling the individual awards will continue to roll in for the Blue Jays. I firmly expect Wyatt Hanson to become the first Mr. Basketball finalist in Stanley Blue Jay basketball history. The finalists for the award will be announced on Wednesday.
Hanson’s career scoring mark, his team’s multiple trips to the State Tournament, jaw-dropping dunks, excellent academic record, commitment to MSUM, and all around class act make him a slam-dunk Mr. Basketball candidate. Not only do I expect Hanson to be a finalist, I expect him to get very serious consideration to win the award.
Here is a look at a few of Wyatt’s dunks from this season:
Blue Jay fans will have one more week to enjoy this incredible group of seniors as they try to add to their impressive legacy. I strongly urge everyone to cherish these moments, groups of this caliber are historically rare.
*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com
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