Hudson teen signs with Youngstown State University


by Frank Aceto
Associate Sports Editor
Hudson — She’s listed as a forward on the roster.
But to actually say Hudson senior Hannah Boesigner has an actual position wouldn’t do her much justice.
Boesigner, who led the Lady Explorers basketball team in scoring (14.3 points per game), rebounding (9.7) and blocks (1.6) last season, has excelled just about everywhere.
And thanks to her versatility, Boesinger will continue playing basketball for at least four more years.
Boesinger signed a national letter of intent Nov. 14 to continue her academic and basketball careers at Youngstown State University, a Division I program that plays in the Horizon League.
Boesinger, who verbally committed to Youngstown State July 29, plans to go into pre-pharmacy with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry.
“I really liked the coaches and the team,” Boesinger said. “I also was impressed with their pre-pharmacy department.”
Boesinger considered Ursuline College (Pepper Pike), Marysville (St. Louis), the United States Military Academy (West Point, N.Y.), Baldwin-Wallace College (Berea) and Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware).
“It was very tough to decide,” Boesinger said. “I had two other offers and I was interested in both schools. I just liked the feel of Youngstown State. One day I decided that’s where I wanted to go.”
The 5-foot-11 Boesinger, who averaged 3.2 steals and 2.1 assists last season, certainly has a lot to offer.
She has been known to be a physical presence in the low post.
She also can cause matchup nightmares with her ability to shoot from the perimeter.
And if necessary, Boesinger can handle the ball like a guard.
“Hannah is one of the best rebounders we’ve ever had,” Hudson head coach Dennis Lawler said. “She also can knock down threes. In fact, we’re hoping she can shoot more threes. She has a lot of potential because of her versatility.”
Boesinger will be a three-year starter for the Lady Explorers. The cheerful, easy-going teenager can light up any room.
But don’t let her pleasant smile fool you.
“Hannah is one of the fiercest competitors around,” Lawler said. “She’s a great leader who works very hard. She’s a very good teammate and is a pleasure to coach.”
Boesinger isn’t sure what her immediate future will be like once she starts playing college ball. She just has to keep working.
“I’m just hoping to have a good career,” Boesinger said. “I don’t expect to do anything amazing right away. I just want to strive to keep getting better.”
Boesinger believes she can improve defensively. That shouldn’t be an issue.
Hudson, thanks to its constant full-court pressure, has made defense a priority for quite some time.
“I think our style [at Hudson] will help me a lot,” Boesinger said. “The style is different from what we do here, but it’s not that different. It will still have a lot to do with quickness and being able to press.”
Now that she has decided her future, Boesinger plans to enjoy her senior year. She will certainly enjoy spending more time with Lawler.
“He’s an amazing coach,” Boesinger said. “It has been the best four years of my life. He’s like a father figure to me.”
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