Author: Kate Linderman, Editor in Chief, Xchange
It’s a high school athlete’s dream to wear a state championship medal around his neck.
Senior Charlie Easley chose to only live in this moment for a few minutes.
After receiving his gold medal, he took his medal off and gave it to senior student manager Hayden Higgins. “He deserves it,” Easley said. “I just think he has done so much for Pius, Pius basketball and every Pius sport and he deserves that medal.”
Higgins was a student manager for basketball throughout his high school career, a true dedicated teammate.But Higgins performed his duties while battling Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Higgins played an integral part on the team, attending practice every day, mopping the floors, and keeping stats at games. He also designed shoes for senior players Austin Jablonski and Pete Blumenstock.
“Right away I had Hayden sign my shoes because it’s like he’s out there on the court with me,” Jablonski said.
Higgins’ presence was felt throughout the season, and the medal was the icing on the cake.
“The memories are more important than the medal, but it’s still pretty cool,” Higgins said. “It reminds me of all the fun times throughout the season.”