Ashland High's Hansen commits to DII Regis for baseball, basketball

Ashland High sophomore Billy Hansen.Larry Stauth, Jr.

Ashland High's Billy Hansen will attempt to take his multi-sport show to the next level.

The Grizzlies' basketball and baseball standout has decided to try a rare double-dip and play both in college after accepting a scholarship offer from Regis University, an NCAA Division II school in Denver.

Hansen, a senior, holds every major Ashland basketball scoring record and was a first-team all-state selection in baseball as a junior. The shooting guard was a four-year varsity letterman on the basketball court and the starting first baseman as a sophomore on Ashland's 2010 state runner-up baseball team.

Hansen said he was contacted by dozens of colleges, ranging from Division I to NAIA, for both baseball and basketball before accepting Regis' full-ride scholarship offer Monday.

Hansen also considered NAIA Division II powerhouse Oregon Tech, which captured its third national championship in March.

Hansen enjoyed immediate success at Ashland in both sports. He was a first-team all-conference and second-team all-state selection as a sophomore baseball player and scored 17 points on the basketball court to break Ashland's freshman single-game scoring record.

Following his sophomore year, he helped the Ashland Pilots capture their first-ever American Legion A Northwest Regional Championship at Bozeman, Mont., earning most valuable player honors. In four games at the tournament, Hansen batted .542 with 11 RBIs.

Hansen didn't drop off at all when it came time for high school ball his junior season. He had the Grizzlies' best batting average at well over .500 and led the team in doubles and runs and was among the team leaders in RBIs.

Hansen's basketball prowess was equally impressive. The athletic 6-foot-2 sharpshooter finished as Ashland's all-time leading scorer while also breaking records for single-season scoring, single-game scoring (39 points) and 3-pointers made.

Hansen is currently playing shortstop for the Ashland baseball team, which was No. 4 in the OSAA power rankings following Tuesday's loss to Roseburg.

The Regis men's basketball team, led by longtime head coach Lonnie Porter, finished 5-21 last season, including 2-20 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

The Rangers' baseball team is currently 21-20, 16-16 in league play.


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