Lauren Larson thought even from the beginning of the season that the West High girls basketball team could get back to the state tournament.
The Women of Troy lost four starters and had to depend largely on their talented but young sophomore class.
“Obviously, we had an amazing time,” Larson said. “Everyone was skeptical about how we would be… We always thought we had the chance to get back to state. Our coaches always reassured us .”
West did get back to state, beating top-ranked City High in the regional final. While the Trojans lost to Mason City in the quarterfinals, it was still a great run, Larson said.
Though she had fun basketball season, Larson is already gearing up for softball, which she considers her main sport. A catcher, she’s started for West since eighth grade and plans to play the sport in college. At the moment, she’s considering Coe College or Luther College, and she plans to study elementary education.
Larson and classmate Michaela Recker are co-presidents of the 14-40 Club at West, and she volunteers at the Penn and Weber elementaries.
Lauren Larson is this week’s Hotshot:
If I could visit any place in the world, it would be: Belize.
My biggest asset to the team is: My vocal leadership.
My most prized possession is: My family.
My superstitions are: I always wear the same clothes, socks and everything for games, and I do my hair the same way.
Best sports experience: Making it to the state tournament this year and winning it last year, and going to state in softball last year.
In 10 years I want to be: A teacher.
A celebrity I resemble is: Sandra Bullock.
Craziest ambition: To teach in a third-world country.
Person I most admire is: My parents.
My team/personal goals for the season are: To get back to state in softball.
I can’t imagine going a week without: People in my family and friends around me.
My favorite —
Pro or college player: Tim Tebow.
Color: Lime green.
Movie or TV show: “The Blind Side.”
Book: “Heaven is For Real,” by Todd Burpo and Lynn Vincent.
Actress: Sandra Bullock.
Words to live by: Live like Line, and live life to the fullest.