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Billy L.
Republican MO 7

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  • Dale Russell, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

    by Representative Billy Long

    Posted on 2013-03-12

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    LONG of missouri in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 12, 2013 Mr. LONG. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate Dale Russell on his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.



    Dale has seen success throughout his career, both on and off the basketball court. As a senior at Branson High School, he led the Pirate basketball team to a perfect 41-0 record, capped off by the 1955 Class B State Championship. He was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

    As a senior at Southwest Missouri State University, Dale and his teammates finished second in the National Division II Basketball Championship.

    Dale went on to coach basketball for 24 years in Southwest Missouri, including his last 13 at Branson High. In addition to impacting our district's young people on the court, he taught science, health, and physical education classes.

    The City of Branson, Branson High School, and the 7th District should be very proud of Dale's accomplishments. He truly represents us all in a positive manner.

    I urge my colleagues to join me in congratulating Dale, a phenomenal athlete, teacher, and coach on his impressive accomplishments.

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