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Terry Vandrovec column: Cox family: High fliers, frequent fliers

The high-rising jumpshot packed, Teddy Cox is set for college. His older brothers are already there -- with mom and dad to follow? Now boarding Cox Airlines bound for Cox University. "The three boys playing together (in the starting lineup) here ...

The high-rising jumpshot packed, Teddy Cox is set for college. His older brothers are already there -- with mom and dad to follow?

Now boarding Cox Airlines bound for Cox University.

"The three boys playing together (in the starting lineup) here was a year we'll never forget," said Dale Cox, resident of Hawley and father of Andy, Robby and Teddy. "To get to watch the three of them play again ... is something we really dreamed about."

That dream became reality -- again -- this week with Nuggets' senior swingman Teddy committing to Dana College, an NAIA Division II school, where he'll join siblings Andy, a sophomore post, and Robby, a freshman guard, as scholarship players on the men's basketball team.

What's more, as owners of Elite Air Center, which buys, sells and refurbishes Beechcraft airplanes, Dale and Leslie Cox will fly themselves to Blair, Neb., for all of Dana's home games -- and then some.

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"We've always got an airplane around somewhere," said Dale, a pilot of 45 years. He and his wife flew to 15 games last season.

"It's a seven-hour drive or a one-and-a-half hour flight there."

For the Cox boys, long, lean, look-alikes, it's the best of both worlds: unconditional applause followed by a decent meal then, ultimately, freedom. The trio already has an apartment picked out.

But there was no pressure placed on Teddy to follow suit to attend Dana or to make its lineup.

"They (parents) said they didn't care, but I kind of knew they wanted me to go there," said Teddy, 6-foot-5 like his brothers, all-Heart O' Lakes Conference like his brothers.

"I've been aiming for this probably since junior high. I used to think about it all the time. I've been wanting to start with them and play with them again."

Incredibly, he may get that chance. Again.

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The annual Breckenridge High School track and field meet -- held Wednesday -- was renamed the Owen Jensen/Kiwanis Invitational in honor of the longtime North Dakota State College of Science coach. Jensen, who led the Wildcats for 29 years, passed away in November at the age of 61. ... A hip injury suffered last week by top Moorhead sprinter Cory Johnson turned out less serious than previously feared. The sophomore should be ready for competition within two weeks. ... In what proved a tumultuous week for respected boys hockey coaches: Mike Randolph was let go by Duluth East after 14 seasons and two state titles and three runner-ups, Kevin Armstrong was released despite leading Orono to the state tournament in his 17th season, Bruce Johnson retired after 35 years at Robbinsdale Armstrong and Pat Guyer resigned after 13 years at Greenway.

Readers can reach Terry Vandrovec at (701) 241-5548 or tvandrovec@forumcomm.com

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