Last basketball season, the Otterville Lady Eagles had the “Twin Towers,” of Amy Oleynik and Hannah Stone taking care of things in the front court. With the graduation of Oleynik, Stone now takes on the moniker of “The Empire State Building.”
The 18-year old senior claims to be 6-foot but appears to be much taller to this sportswriter. Oleynik was listed at 6-foot her senior year.
Through the Lady Eagles first two games this season, Stone was averaging over 20 points and right at 10 rebounds per game.
A three sport participant at Otterville – basketball, softball and track – Stone said basketball is by far her favorite sport.
“Basketball is my favorite,” she said. “I just enjoy it the most.”
Asked about a high school athletic highlight, Stone’s face lit up in a big grin as she glanced at her senior teammate Whitney Watring, who sat in on the interview.
“Being part of a history maker when we won the district championship for the first time in school history two years ago,” she said, still smiling.
The Lady Eagles have won two straight district championships to advance to the Class 1 state sectionals against Montrose at Harrisonville.
Stone is not only a standout on the basketball court, the softball diamond and the track, she is also an excellent student. She has a 3.84 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 25 on the ACT and is ranked #1 academically in her 21-member senior class at Otterville.
Stone said she is undecided about a college to attend, but thinks she wants to major in pharmacy. She said sports are probably not in her college plans.
When asked if academics or sports are the most important, Stone looked around the room and let out a nervous giggle.
“I know academics are supposed to be,” said Stone. “That’s okay for later. But right now, sports are my #1 priority.”
Besides the three sports teams at Otterville, Stone is the Treasurer of the National Honor Society, is Vice President of the FBLA, is the Treasurer of her Senior Class, and is a member of the FCCLA.
Stone has played both basketball and softball for as long as she can remember and for several traveling teams in both sports.
She has played softball for four years, being named an All Cooper County Athletic Association first-tem pitcher all four years and the Lady Eagles won the CCAA Tournament last spring. This is her fourth season of high school basketball, where she is a three-time All Conference selection and earned second-team All District choice last year as a junior.
Her junior year was a big one in basketball her junior year, as Otterville won the Northwest Tournament, the Otterville Holiday Classic, the CCAA Tournament and the district for the second straight year. She was named to the All Tournament teams at Northwest, Otterville, the CCAA and the district.
Stone competes in the high jump and the 4 X 400-meter relay in track.
Stone said her main hobby is playing year-round traveling basketball, starting at the end of the high school season.
Stone has three sisters: Dee Dee Gilmore, Otterville; Ashley Gieschen, Smithton; and Dalanney Stone, 13 and a seventh grader at Otterville.
Stone is the daughter of Michele and Gary Stone, Otterville.