Last month I released the 16th episode of my podcast “Work Hard Play Harder” with Southwest Minnesota State University volleyball players Natalee Rolbiecki and McKenzie Tolk. This week I drop episode 17 with Lakeview football head coach Scott Hanson.
What a season Lakeview had, winning nine games and beating the Minneota Vikings on the road for the first time in the school’s history.
Hanson has also been coaching in a number of sports for several years. Hanson also serves as principal of Lakeview High School and gives back to the community by helping Cottonwood’s youth and educators. A South Dakota alumnus and a Webster native of SD, Hanson always wanted to be involved in education. Through education, Hanson found his passion for sports and is now building a talented football program that made it to the Section 3A Championship this year.
The Lakers would go on to lose 28-6 to Minneota, but Hanson vows to come back stronger because of the lessons learned this season.
In this podcast episode, we dive into Hanson’s memories of the 2022 Lakeview football season, his upbringing, and his path into sports and coaching. We also talked about what it meant for the Lakeview football program to win against a powerhouse like the Minnesota Vikings for the first time in their school’s history
“You know Minneota is one of those programs in our section that you’re looking for,” Hanson said. “Their success goes back to the 1980s and 1990s. So for us it was great to beat Minneota for the first time in school history. I remember when we took control early in the ball game. First it was a back-and-forth match and then it was the Nathan Fenske and Owen Louwagie show. That was the difference in that race in terms of the section championship. If you think about Saturday’s state semifinals, you’ve got Springfield and Minneota in it. We won against both teams. So we got to smell the state tournament, we just didn’t get a chance to taste it.
The Lakers are losing a lot of players, but Hanson is excited to see the underclassmen step forward and make an immediate impact next season. After losing the sectional championship, players are already gearing up for next year by moving into the weight room, Hanson said.
One of Hanson’s favorite memories of the season was the Lakers’ rematch with the Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks. The Blackjacks defeated the Lakers 16-8 in the regular season.
“We left some plays there and we’ll see them again,” Hanson said. “This loss is good for us. We’ll see what we’re made of.”
In the section semifinal playoff rematch, the Lakers won 38-32 against the Blackjacks on the road in one of the best games of the season.
When it comes to mental health, Hanson said the team loves each other and is as open as possible about how they are doing. Hanson advocates addressing mental health through three main principles: togetherness, discipline, and managing your emotions.
Work Hard, Play Hard Episode 17