By Michael Muldoon
Clairee Putnam is making a lot of history at Windham High.
The senior already owns the school scoring record (boys and girls) with 974 points and recently became the first Jaguar boy or girl to earn a Division 2 basketball scholarship. The Eagle-Tribune Super Teamer committed to St. Anselm’s.
Last year’s girls area scoring leader at 18.3 points a game, the 5-5 Putnam hit the ground running. In her first varsity game, the school’s first ever varsity basketball game, she scored 21 points.
Putnam is also an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in soccer — she was captain of both sports as a junior — and vice president of the National Honor Society.
“All her hard work has paid off. She’s a tremendous worker on the court and in the classroom. She really cares about team goals over individual goals. She’s a super kid,” said Windham basketball coach Joe Mason.
In this week’s Around the Horn, Putnam talks about overcoming a serious childhood illness, her commitment to St. Anselm and her love of art.
So you committed to a basketball scholarship from St. Anselm? “I verbally committed last week. It’s the absolute best feeling in the whole world. I met the coaches and fell in love with it. It’s beyond excitement. The best part is it’s only a half hour from my house. My parents will be able to go to all the games. It’s like a dream come true.”
What made you commit at this point? “I had been talking to them for a few weeks. Both the new coaches. I had a great meeting with them. They called Monday night (Aug. 5) and offered. I knew right away. I just loved the school. I didn’t have to wait too long. Two days later I contacted them.”