Two of the most decorated athletes in recent Morro Bay High history have found the right college fits.
Megan Hansen, a point guard, has accepted a scholarship offer to play basketball at Concordia, an NAIA program in Irvine, while Sam Crizer, a quarterback and kicker, will continue his football career at Occidental, a Division III school in Los Angeles.
This past season, Hansen was named the Jay Cowitz Award winner as The Tribune’s San Luis Obispo County Player of the Year after leading Morro Bay to a share of the Los Padres League championship, its first league title in 12 seasons.
Hansen, the Pirates’ only senior, was named a co-MVP in the LPL and an all-CIF Southern Section Division 4A first-team honoree after averaging 14 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
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Concordia went 16-12 this past season, reaching the semifinals of the Golden State Athletic Conference Tournament. The Eagles could soon be in need of a point guard to make an immediate impact, as their top six assists leaders from 2010-11 were all seniors.
“It feels really good,” Hansen said. “It’s been one of my goals since freshman year to get a scholarship somewhere.”
Hansen averaged 3.2 steals as a senior, anchoring a defense that held opponents to a county-best 32 points per game.
She said that Concordia runs a more up-tempo system than she’s accustomed to, but is “excited to play that kind of style and to change it up a bit.”
Crizer, meanwhile, rushed for 1,951 yards — the most in the state by a quarterback playing at the 11-man level — and 25 touchdowns on 298 carries. He went 86-of-169 passing for 1,202 yards and seven TDs with 12 interceptions, leading Morro Bay to the quarterfinals of the Northwest Division playoffs.
Crizer, selected as a co-MVP in the LPL, also led the league with 39.3 yards per punt. He was named a second-team all-state punter by MaxPreps.com in the website’s Division III grouping and chosen as a first-team all-state multi-purpose player by Cal-Hi Sports in its medium-schools classification.
“I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me where I’m going,” Crizer said. “It came down to the wire, but I’m very satisfied with my decision.”
Occidental went 4-5 overall in 2010, finishing fourth in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
From 2004 through 2009, the Tigers went 53-10, making four postseason appearances.
“Their program kind of spoke for itself,” Crizer said. “I’m excited to go there.”
Also part of the allure with Occidental, Crizer said, is that the Tigers will give him an opportunity to stay at quarterback, unlike other programs that were looking at him foremost in other capacities. Yale, for instance, was recruiting him as a punter.
Occidental’s offense is similar to the scheme run by Morro Bay, which was also a selling point.
Crizer should have the opportunity to learn for a year behind incumbent starter and senior-to-be Luke Collis, a former transfer from Nevada.
“They have a couple of QBs,” Crizer said, “but they said, ‘If you come in and work hard, that spot’s definitely something that’s reachable for you.’ ”
Crizer may be playing against a former teammate in the conference.
Pirates receiver Jesse Landry will play at Cal Lutheran, Morro Bay coach John Andree said.
Despite being hampered by an injury for much of 2010, Landry caught a team-best 20 passes for 369 yards and four scores on his way to all-league second-team accolades.