Who’s that Bulldog? It’s Carter Hartman, a junior at MHS and a member of the basketball team.
Carter was born and raised in Milbank and says basketball has been his life since his first tip off when he was six years old. He says, “I’ve watched basketball on TV and played basketball ever since I can remember. It’s such a fun game.” He started traveling to tournaments in first grade and recalls, “My most memorable moments involve bonding with my teammates on our trips together.”
Carter’s years of dedication paid off. He earned a varsity jersey with a bulldog emblazoned on it when he was a freshman. He says, “My uniform always reminds me how lucky I am to be a part of this team and how great my teammates are. I wouldn’t want to play for any team but the Bulldogs.” He says, “This year, when Milbank made it to the SoDak 16 game, that was the most fun I’ve had playing basketball. It was a big accomplishment.”
Carter says basketball and head coach Logan Diede became pivotal forces in his life. “I haven’t always had the best grades and I missed some games because of that. Coach Diede helped me realize I need to take care of my schoolwork so I can play more basketball.”
“Carter was an absolute difference-maker for our team this year, says Coach Diede. “Everything we do is to make ourselves better on and off the court, and Carter totally bought in to that. He allowed me to coach him every day and to coach him hard when need be. He has a bright future and can do anything he wants in life.”
Although Carter uses a lot of his time to improve his jump shot and analyze film on TV, he also gravitates towards water. He enjoys the days he goes fishing with his dad, Jim, and can’t wait for summer so he can head out to the lake and go swimming with his friends.
Like most teenage boys, food is central to his life. He digs into the buffet at Pizza Hut as often as possible and spends his working hours around food. He says it’s where he feels most at home — working in the family business at Hartman’s Family Foods.