WEARING DAD ON HIS CHEST: Barnum’s Chris Carlson switched his jersey number this season to No. 21 in honor of his late father, Scott Carlson, who played for Barnum, and sadly died in December 2014. He said he misses his basketball-loving dad. “I think about him every day,” Carlson said. “Twenty-one was his number.”
And although smiling and joyful afterward Monday, Miletich (who admittedly enjoys scoring) said there are more meaningful things that the humble kid cares about. Like her teammates.
Last Thursday before watching a 0-0 tie with the visiting Hilltoppers, Bartholdi was brought back to great memories in the locker room when the team awarded him with a No. 9 jersey — the same number his daughter, Bridget, wore when she played. He also delivered a talk to the girls, prior to his opening drop of the puck. After the game — not missing a play — he posed for team photos, smiling ear to ear.
In her eight years organizing the Geo Bee, CMS’ Deb Peterson said she’s never seen a student run the table like Line. She first met Line in fifth grade, and was impressed. “He totally blew me out of the water,” said Peterson, who also runs the school spelling bee (Line is also a top-five contestant there too). “He spends time looking at books and atlases — his mind is amazing when it comes to geography.”
“The old attitude that defense wins championships is something I believe more than scoring a bunch of points and putting butts in the seats,” Antonutti said. “I think our girls have bought into that. They’re playing good team defense.”
“From what I saw tonight, that Fond du Lac team is a scary team,” said Harris, watching them for his first time.
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At one point, Naslund, Weets, Adamczak and Deadrick were on the floor together, in front of many friends and family in attendance. Staniger added that keeping local talent like this at home means a great deal to him and them.