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Friday Night Sports Hero: Gracie Haneborg

The North Platte senior has been on the Varsity basketball team the past four years.
Published: Jan. 23, 2021 at 12:23 AM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - This week’s Friday Night Sports Hero is Gracie Haneborg, a four year member of the Lady Bulldog’s varsity squad. Gracie loves the sport of basketball and takes a great amount of pride in representing North Platte.

“It means a lot...When I was in elementary, I always wanted to be where I am right now. I just love being a bulldog,” said Haneborg.

The Bulldog’s head coach has watched Gracie grow as a player and a person for the past three years. Tyson Hammond didn’t hold back in his praise for his star player:

“She’s the ultimate Bulldog. She’s the most competitive kid I’ve ever coached. I could do this for a long time and we’ll have a hard time finding another kid that will compete at the level that she would. It doesn’t matter what’s happening, what’s going on around her, she’s gonna play with everything she’s got...She represents us in the best ways possible all the time,” said Hammond.

Abby Orr is a senior teammate of Gracie’s. She has played with Haneborg since they were children and she’s not at all surprised by her success.

“I see her every time at practice working her butt off. She tries so hard to help others out and even after practice she likes to shoot around. When she knows she’s struggling with something, she’ll stay after practice and work on it and ask coaches how to get better at it,” said Orr.

As Gracie’s high school basketball career enters it’s twilight phase, perhaps most special to her is the bond the sport has created between her and her mother.

“I started watching my mom coach basketball at Hershey and then I just fell in love with the game and how she coached. Ever since, she’s been coaching me since I was [the age] of five. And now, it’s my senior year so it’s a big thing that I got to go through this journey with my mom,” added Haneborg.

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