|3/16/2017 10:37:00 AM|
|If the people we love are stolen from us, the way to have them live on is to never stop loving them.|
When Jen Lease went to UW-Eau Claire after a stellar high school basketball career at Barneveld, she made no secret why she was attending the state university.
She was there to study basketball.
No matter what courses she took she got an A in basketball, earning a letter as a BluGold.
At Barneveld, she was #50 in the program but #1 in the hearts of her coaches, teammates and no doubt the fans of the Golden Eagles. She helped make history as a starter and key member of the 1995 Barneveld girls team coached by Jim Myers, who made the WIAA state tournament and brought home the first of many gold balls awarded to the state champions.
Jen was a 6-2 center on that team that included Mandy Wood, Emily Johnson, Kelly Parman, Jodi Wright, Wendy Dimpfl, Justine Jabs, Rachel Segebrecht, Sadie Jones, Tonya Oimoen and Jamie Trainor.
Coach Myers knew how important it was to have a team believe in each other and Jen helped make that happen. She often reminded her teammates over the years since they graduated that they made history. Her teammates all say she had a big heart.
Sadly, that big heart stopped beating Saturday when she suffered a brain aneurysm just after arriving at Watertown to cheer on the Eagles boys team and her son Malcolm, a sophomore starter. She was taken to the Watertown hospital and later Med-Flighted to Madison, where she lost the battle.
Before leaving for the hospital it was decided Malcolm should stay and play, and play he did - with 13 points, five rebounds, two steals and a block....
See the rest of the story in the March 16th Chronicle issue.
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