Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Weddings Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by Vows ByTammy La Gorce Aug. 3, 2018 Jonathan Hodge has a reputation for pulling off small miracles on the basketball court. But the miracle he’s proudest of — sweeping four-time Olympian Erin Hamlin off her feet — lends itself less to repeat viewings by his core audience of hoops fanatics and goggle-eyed Minnesota schoolchildren. Mr. Hodge, 33, a physical education teacher and assistant high school basketball coach in Barnesville, Minn., met Ms. Hamlin, 31, when he was 9 and she was 8, in the summer of 1994. He knew even then she was his kind of girl. “I didn’t chase her into the sandbox or anything,” he said. “But I’m pretty sure I had the hots for her.” They were forced playmates. Mr. Hodge’s father, Bruce, an electrician, was wiring a house in a forestlike 100-acre property in Remsen, N.Y., being built by Ms. Hamlin’s parents, Ron and Eilleen. Mr. Hodge and his sister, Jennifer, often tagged along. Their presence on the Hamlin property wasn’t unusual. In addition to being the Hamlins’ electrician, Bruce was Ron’s volleyball buddy in… Read full this story
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