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THE TIMES ALL-COUNTY TEAMS : BOYS' VOLLEYBALL : Hanan Made a Fruitful Sport Change

June 11, 1986|JIM McCURDIE | Times Staff Writer

Dan Hanan's introduction to volleyball came at block parties in his Huntington Beach neighborhood. He called it "10-on-10 jungle ball."

Hanan played basketball as a freshman at Edison High School. That spring, a friend talked him into giving organized volleyball a try. Hanan had a little time on his hands, and he figured that might be a good way to kill it.

By his junior year, Hanan went out for basketball in order to "get in shape for volleyball," he said.

The change of athletic priorities worked out for the best for both Hanan and Edison. Hanan, The Times' volleyball Player of the Year, was one of the key figures in the Chargers' recent rise to prominence. Edison reached the Southern Section 4-A semifinals in 1985 and the championship match this season. The Chargers lost to Dana Hills in the final, 14-16, 15-10, 15-6, 6-15, 15-4, but finished with an 18-2 record.

And what has volleyball done for Hanan?

Plenty. He was named the 1986 4-A Player of the Year, and the athlete of the year at a school known more for its outside linebackers and wide receivers than outside hitters and middle blockers. And it helped him earn the attention of major college recruiters. Hanan is an honors student and Edison's commissioner of boys' athletics, a student government position. He will attend Stanford on an athletic scholarship next fall.

"I basically went with Stanford for the combination of academics and athletics," he said. "After going through four years of all this hard work, I wanted to go someplace where I could be recognized for good grades and for being a good athlete."

Edison Coach Dan Glenn expects Hanan to succeed on both counts. Glenn called the 6-5 middle blocker a rare blend of talent and intelligence, who seemed to play his best when there was more at stake.

"When it's down to the end of the match or the end of the game and the score's tied, he really comes on," Glenn said.

Said Hanan: "That's my favorite time. I like the ball all the time, but my adrenaline gets going in those situations. If the ball comes to me, I know I have to put it down."


FIRST TEAM John Alstrom Newport Harbor Junior Tim Glasgow Dana Hills Senior Dan Hanan Edison Senior Matt Kessler Laguna Beach Senior Chris Knowles Dana Hills Senior John Lee La Quinta Senior SECOND TEAM Brian Bowen Dana Hills Senior Tim Johnson Fountain Valley Senior Adam Keefe Woodbridge Sophomore Ryan Mennealy El Toro Junior Eddie Rapp Edison Senior Rich Smith Edison Senior

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