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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

Columbus Catholic High School will host its homecoming game Friday at Beell Stadium in Marshfield. Leading up to the game students have participated in class competitions and parades but Friday night before the game they will honor one of their own.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Altmann was a linebacker for Marshfield Columbus 10 years ago. He died during an insurgent attack in Afghanistan on Christmas day 2011.

School leaders have decided to retire Altmann's jersey, number 33, because they say he was an integral part to the football co-op's success. Columbus Catholic High School and Spencer High School created a football co-op program in 2002, Altmann's senior year.

Altmann was a three sport athlete during his tenure at Columbus. In addition to football, he played basketball, baseball and played percussion in the band. Altmann was also on the homecoming court during his senior year.

In the army Staff Sergeant Altmann worked as a medic for seven years.

The Spencer/Columbus Rockets will take on the Osseo-Fairchild Thunder at 7:00 p.m. The ceremony retiring Altmann's number will be right before the game at 6:50 p.m.

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