March 1, 2014 was the last time Hannah Wandersee played in a basketball game in the gymnasium at Kodiak High School.
In that game — a 62-46 victory over Wasilla — she scored 13 points to keep the Kodiak girls undefeated at 22-0.
As fans know, the Bears won their final five games to stake claim to the 4A state title with a perfect 27-0 mark.
After graduating in 2014, Wandersee landed at the University of Alaska Anchorage and had a record-setting career at the NCAA Division II school.
She graduated from UAA in the spring of 2019 and returned to The Rock. And on Friday, she returned to the hardwood at KHS.
Wandersee scored 14 points as a group of KHS alumni ladies topped the current Kodiak squad 67-29. The final tally was unofficial as the score was reset after each 8-minute quarter.
“It was nice to get back out there — it was weird to be playing on the floor that I played on in high school, but it brought back a lot of memories,” Wandersee said.
Wandersee, a 6-foot-2 dominant post player, scored her 1,000th-career high school point at the KHS gym, and ended her prep career with 1,117 points — only the fourth Kodiak girl to reach the 1K club.
She kept scoring at UAA, tallying 1,378 points, which is the eighth-best mark in school history. She blossomed her final two seasons, averaging 14.8 points as a junior and 15 points as a senior.
Now, Wandersee is adjusting to life without hoops as this is the first winter she hasn’t played competitive basketball since elementary school.
“I definitely miss it, but at the same time, I am glad I’m done so I can figure out what to do with the rest of my life,” she said.
After pondering the idea of playing professional basketball overseas, Wandersee returned to the island and scored a job with the Kodiak Area Native Association as an environmental coordinator — her degree is in health science.
When not working, she is enjoying spending time with family, playing city league volleyball and basketball and, of course, being a fan of UAA basketball — the Seawolves are 14-1 and ranked 10th in Division II.
“It is even more fun than what I thought. I thought I was going to be missing it, but I feel a connection with them, and it is nice to see them evolving now,” Wandersee said.
On Friday, Wandersee shared the court with two of her championship teammates — Adriane Horn and Isabelle Hiner.
Horn, who played at Wenatchee Valley Community College and Montana Tech — hit a pair of triples and finished with 14 points. Hiner added six points.
“The chemistry is still there after all those years,” Wandersee said.
Rica Gongora, a 2016 graduate of KHS, paced the alumni with 23 points.
Junior Leslie Spear led Kodiak with 10 points.
Behind 14 made 3-pointers, the KHS alumni edged the current Bears 75-72.
Glenn Penamora led the alumni with 13 points, while Josh Obas had 12 and Louis Rocheleau 11.
Kodiak drained 13 triples and was led by the senior Sam Galindo and sophomore Jackson Krug, who each knocked down 14 points. Senior Josh Barnett chipped in 13 points.