Hansen eager to return to sports scene



REED CITY -- Reed City's basketball team will start its season this week and players like Payton Hansen are eager to get going.

Hansen is coming off the football campaign in which he suffered an injury in the eighth game of the regular season.

He'll be expected to play a huge role for the Coyotes who have a home game with Fremont on Friday to open the Central State Activities Association Gold season.

As of the first week of the three-week regular season practice, Hansen was still nursing the ankle injury but was hoping to be ready in time to not miss any regular-season games.

"I think I'll be able to step in," Hansen said.

During football season, Hansen said he hurt his ankle during a two-point conversion in the CSAA game against Newaygo. It was a high ankle sprain.

"It was really heartbreaking because I tried so hard to get back to full strength," Hansen said. "I thought I was and it happened again."

It's his second varsity season. His role will be point guard. He will be looking to take the ball to the basket and get rebounds.

Reed City changed basketball coaches during the summer.

"We have a new offense," Hansen said. "We pick it up quickly. (The emphasis) will be 100 percent hustle and teamwork."

The Coyotes hope to be a contender. Hansen sees Fremont and Big Rapids as being among the top teams in the CSAA Gold.