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Galena High standout Hannah Hartley joins Nevada women's basketball team as walk-on

Hannah Hartley
Hannah Hartley will join the Nevada women's basketball team as a walk-on next season. (Nevada athletics)

Galena High standout Hannah Hartley, whose parents have deep ties to the Wolf Pack, will join the Nevada women's basketball team as a walk-on, she announced Thursday night via social media.

"I’m thrilled for the opportunity to play for @NevadaWBB next season!" she wrote on Twitter. "I’m grateful for the invitation from @Coach11S (coach Amanda Levens) and the Wolf Pack staff to walk on, and can’t wait to get started!"

Hartley was a three-sport athlete at Galena, playing basketball, soccer and track and field. The 5-foot-11 forward averaged 7.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.8 assists per game for the Grizzlies during her junior season, according to MaxPreps.com. She made 65-of-170 field goals (38 percent) and 39-of-93 free throws (42 percent). She was eighth among large-class Northern Nevada players in double-doubles in 2019-20 with five, posting career highs of 16 points, 19 rebounds, six steals and four assists.

Hartley, who also was a varsity player during her sophomore season, didn't get the opportunity to play as a senior as Nevada was one of just two states to not have a high school basketball season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to her success on the basketball court, Hartley was a goalkeeper for the Grizzlies' soccer team, which is perennially one of the top programs in the state (it won the Northern 5A this season). She also finished fifth in the Northern 5A in the discuss throw (a personal-best 28 feet, 5 inches at the Northern Regional) and 15th in the discus throw (69 feet, 5 inches) as Galena won the team championship.

Hartley will be the second local walk-on on Nevada's 2021-22 roster, joining Elko's Alexis Elquist, who was a true freshman last season. In total, four locals are expected to be on next year's roster, including scholarship players Kenna Holt (from Bishop Manogue) and Leta Otuafi (from Churchill County).

Hartley's mother, Shannon (formerly O'Hair), also spend time on the Nevada basketball roster following a standout career at Reed High in the late 1990s. Her father, Chad, joined the Wolf Pack athletic department staff in 2006 and was the school's associate athletic director for strategic communications until last month. Both of her parents are UNR graduates.

Hartley, a captain for the Galena basketball team as a junior, also should boost the Wolf Pack in the classroom after reporting an ACT score of 32 (the highest possible is 36 with the average being 21) and a GPA approaching a 5.0.


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