A former Weston-McEwen TigerScots star will see some familiar faces when she comes home to keynote the Umatilla County Athletic Awards ceremony.

The awards, which recognize Umatilla County's most outstanding athletes, scholar athletes, coaches and teams, will feature guest speaker Elizabeth Hansell.

Hansell was raised in a Athena and is a 1995 graduate of Weston-McEwen, where she excelled in three sports. Her senior year she led the TigerScots to a third-place finish at state in basketball and was named to the all-tournament team.

Hansell played a year of college basketball at Whitman College in Walla Walla before transferring to The Master's College in southern California.

Hansell set a new TMC record for career scoring with 1,639 points and finished second in career rebounds and third in career assists.

Hansell scored 658 points her senior year and led the Lady Mustangs to their first-ever berth in the NAIA National Tournament and was the first female in school history to be named an All-American.

She was inducted to The Master's College Hall of Fame in 2004.

Hansell went on to play professional basketball for a year in Australia but returned to school for her master's degree in political science.

As a senior account executive at Meridian Pacific in Sacramento, Calif., Hansell acts as a political consultant and manages coalitions for numerous public affairs campaigns.

Hansell will address a crowd that will include a couple of fellow TigerScots as John Huntsman and Noel Griggs are up for male and female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Griggs also is a finalist for the female Athlete of the Year award.

The Umatilla County Athletic Achievement Awards will be held April 13 at 7 p.m. at the Vert Auditorium in Pendleton.


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