For some kids, school is an escape from their parents, a chance to get away for a few hours a day while they hit the books. For Bay High Senior Vern Barth, Dad is always around, and Dad is also Assistant Coach for wrestling. But Vern's learned to take it all in stride.
"I don't want any special treatment. I want to be treated as an equal amongst my fellow wrestlers," said Vern. "If I mess up, I expect him to jump my tail just like any other wrestler."
But Vern's not just like any other wrestler. In fact, the heavyweight is looking to repeat as County Champ in just his second season as a varsity wrestler and make it state- something he was just one win away from accomplishing last year.
"He's brought a lot of leadership," said Dad and Coach Vern Barth. "He's brought charisma and a great attitude and work ethic. He does work very hard."
"It was a big eye opener to not know anything about a sport and then come into it and do as well as I have," said the younger Vern. "I'm blessed of course and the more I listened the more it intrigued me, the more I gave my heart to dedicate it. Here I am, leading my team as a captain."
Vern's doing more then just leading his team on the mats, as one of just four seniors on the young Bay High squad, he balances a 3.3 GPA in the classroom.
"The other night I was in my room and I decided to go to bed early," he remembered. "I didn't finish my math homework, he came in, turned on my light, and he said, you done with your math homework? I said no sir. He said get out of bed. It's only made me a better person, and I appreciate everything he does for me.
"He understands the importance of that, and he knows how much it means to me, for him to have a better GPA then I did in high school," laughed Coach Barth.
A better GPA, and the two can agree, it's been better being together as Vern enters the final months of his senior season.
"I'll definitely miss him and it's definitely a bond that I'm so blessed and thankful for that I've been able to share with my father all four years of high school."
"It's going to be quite a shock when I go to school and my son's not there with me," said Coach Barth. "It's going to be quite sad, but I'm happy he's moving on to bigger and better things."
Bigger things, and finishing the year on a big note, wouldn't be so bad either.