Adam Hangland has learned to balance being a two-sport athlete. The Arapahoe senior is currently a valuable member of the Warriors' soccer team, but his main sport is lacrosse, which is played in the …
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Adam Hangland has learned to balance being a two-sport athlete.
The Arapahoe senior is currently a valuable member of the Warriors' soccer team, but his main sport is lacrosse, which is played in the spring for Arapahoe and summer for his club team.
“I play a little bit bigger role in lacrosse as far as playing time,” said Hangland, who started playing soccer when he moved from Adams City and noticed how popular the sport was at Arapahoe.
“Usually, I play lacrosse most of the year. Even now, I sometimes play lacrosse on the weekends. The transition into lacrosse is usually a lot smoother than soccer for me because I'm gone most of the summer playing lacrosse back East (with the Colorado Fire club team). So when I come back, I get right back into soccer, which is a little hard. Right after soccer, I jump back into lacrosse.”
Hangland's soccer skills have improved.
“I'm a striker,” he said. “I usually go in for Cam (leading scorer Cameron Gail). He is pretty good. I go in for him for a couple minutes to give him a break. Lacrosse definitely helps me stay conditioned year round. Even though the sports don't look the same, there are some strategies that are the same.”
In six games, Hangland has two goals on six shots and is tied for third on the Arapahoe goal-scoring chart.
The coach's take
“Adam is unique. He's a two-sport varsity athlete and we don't see multiple-sport athletes any more. Lacrosse is his main sport. As a senior, he's become an incredibly important part of our success. His soccer skills have improved so much.”
— Mark Hampshire, Arapahoe boys soccer coach
What's your favorite pre-game meal?
Grilled chicken and rice — a little protein and carbs, which gives me enough energy.
Who is your favorite athlete?
I like Cam Newton. He has a lot of flair, which I like, and he's not afraid to speak his mind.
What music do you listen to before a game and why?
I listen to a lot of rap, but the weird thing is on the drive over to the game I listen to country music. But then right before the game, I will listen to rap because it calms me down and makes me excited before we play.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
Probably my parents. My dad played Division I football and my mom played sports all through high school. They always supported me no matter what I wanted to do.
What would be a perfect performance in your sport?
As long as the team is doing well, I'm happy. Even if I'm not doing my best, as long as the team wins I like to pick my team up. If my teammates are happy, I'm happy.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Science. I've always been interested in that. If it's not that, probably Spanish because my mom is from Spain.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
I really like to fish and be outside. I go up to the mountains a lot and ski quite a bit. We live in an outdoor state so why not take advantage of that?
What are your plans after high school?
I want to play lacrosse. I am deciding between a few schools right now. I will probably go into engineering if I don't go to the Air Force Academy. If I do go to Air Force, I'll be in the military for a couple years.
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