Lady Trojans’ Cross has basketball in her blood

Forest Park’s Hannah Cross looks for a teammate near the basket as a pair of Superior Central defenders crowd her space during a recent game.

CRYSTAL FALLS—It doesn’t take much observation to figure out that No. 42 on the Forest Park Lady Trojans basketball team can play. She moves like a basketball player, she has the physique of a basketball player, and she can do everything a basketball player needs to do on the floor.
    Why wouldn’t Hannah Cross have such qualities? After all, she has basketball in her blood.
    Cross’ grandfather, Ted Burson, is a member of the William Penn University (Oskaloosa, Iowa) Athletic Hall of Fame, having been a standout player at the NAIA school from 1960-63. He is still the school’s all-time leading rebounder and is fourth on the career scoring list more than five decades later.
    Her mother, Jill Burson Wagner, is also a member of the school’s athletic hall of fame, inducted in 2003. She is one of just 22 players in school history to score 1,000 or more points, is the school’s second-best career free-throw percentage shooter (84 percent) and was a Kodak All-American selection in 1992.
    So, Hannah Cross comes to the hardwood with pedigree. She also brings talent, desire and a love of the game.
    “I love being in the gym,” the 18-year-old Crystal Falls resident said. “I was in the gym playing basketball since I was like 3 years old. I especially loved being in the gym with my mom when she was a varsity coach. And I still do.”


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