Nicholas Mikolajczak is among Bartlett High’s early three-sport standouts.
The 1935 BHS graduate competed with skill in football, basketball, and baseball, lettering in the three sports in his junior and senior years. During that span, he was elected to the “Sportsmanship Brotherhood.” During his high school career he became known as Mickey Nichols.
In his four-year football career, Nicholas played fullback and linebacker, and was a stellar punter. He once recorded an 80-yard punt. He often stood out in games, whether it was on offense or defense.
One of his most memorable football games, as well as for the Bartlett High Indians, came on Thanksgiving Day in his senior year. After being outplayed by undefeated Wells High of Southbridge in the first half, the Indians came out in the second half with a vengeance. Bartlett took the opening kickoff after intermission, driving 80 yards “that did not terminate until Mickey Nichols had crossed the goal line.” Bartlett went on to spoil the Southbridge dream of an undefeated season.
In basketball, it has been noted that he was a fine leader, most capable center, and one of the best guards Bartlett had ever known. In baseball, Nicholas played catcher and was a solid hitter.
He was a member of the Student Council at BHS. After graduation in 1935 he attended Nichols Junior College.
This standout Bartlett athlete leaves a daughter, Barbara Kruzewski, 52, and a son David Mikolajczak, 41.