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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 15:10

Basketball player steps off the court to sing national anthem after recording fails

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Kalli Kuhlow of Clinton High School sings the National Anthem before the team's game against Elkhorn Kalli Kuhlow of Clinton High School sings the National Anthem before the team's game against Elkhorn Mike Powers, Clinton Head Coach

(updated) ELKHORN -- A malfunctioning recording of the national anthem didn’t stop the girls basketball game from tipping off after a visiting player stepped off the court to sing it live.

Players from Elkhorn Area High School and visiting Clinton Community High School were waiting for the game to begin Nov. 17, 2015 when the announcer at the scorer’s table had difficulty getting a recording of the national anthem to play over the sound system.


After the third failed attempt, Kalli Kuhlow, a 6-foot junior center, ran over to the scorer’s table and said, "Excuse me, sir, but I would be willing to sing the national anthem for you," according to head coach Mike Powers on the Clinton Community School District Facebook page.

And sing she did, followed by huge applause from both sides of the stands.

After the game, the announcer commented that he was glad they were having trouble.

"I was honestly glad it happened that way after Kalli stepped up and volunteered. She was amazing. A very talented girl. Her version was tasteful, heartfelt and stylized just enough to make it her own," Larry Bray wrote in an online comment.

After Powers posted a photo and comments about what happened on the school’s Facebook page, it was flooded with supportive comments.

But Kuhlow took it in stride.

"Thank you all so much ... always an honor performing the national anthem for our game attendees," Kuhlow posted on the comments section.

The story soon was picked up by Channel 3 news in Madison, who sent a crew to Clinton High School Thursday to interview the reluctant star for a segment on the evening news.

Kuhlow returns home tonight, Nov. 19, 2015, for a game against Delavan-Darien High School, and she has been invited to sing the national anthem before what is expected to be an appreciative home crowd.

Kuhlow supporters also reached out this week to the Milwaukee Bucks to share her story in hopes they will invite her to sing before a bucks game this season.




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