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Dupart family shines

Sports Den

June 14, 2008
By Dennis Grall
ESCANABA — Thirty years ago Dave Dupart was tearing up the gridiron and hardwood at North Central High School. Now his sons are doing the same thing, one in football and one in baseball.

Curtis Dupart, 20, was a record-setting baseball player at Woodinville, Wash. High School. Travis Dupart, 17, is a top football recruit at Roswell, Ga. High School.

Curtis, who is on a baseball scholarship at Georgia Tech, will transfer to Lewis & Clark College for his final two years and is a likely major league draft choice.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder was drafted in the 39th round by Colorado after already signing with Georgia Tech. Baltimore and Boston were also following him closely at that time.

In high school he was MVP for the east side of Seattle and MVP in the Kinco Conference after breaking the school record by slugging 12 home runs and driving in 36 runs. He had a .950 slugging percentage and batted .440. He was hitting .680 before suffering a hand injury.

He was the school’s scholar-athlete of the year with a 3.9 GPA.

Travis has received a football scholarship at Valdosta State, the reigning NCAA Division 2 champion. He is a 6-4, 255-pound offensive tackle who made the Chevrolet all-star team in Georgia and was the offensive lineman of the game in the team’s opening playoff game against Peachtree.

He played at Roswell the past two years after transferring from Woodinville. Roswell was ranked ninth in the country and first in Georgia when the season began.

His mother, Kathy, joined him in Roswell.

The Duparts, who have been married for 24 years, also have a daughter, Kirsten, 22.

Dave Dupart was a two-time Class D all-state basketball player at North Central. He averaged 23 points and 16 rebounds as a senior and is the school’s No. 2 all-time scorer. He was also an All-U.P. quarterback and won the U.P. Class D high jump.

He has worked for Re/Max Northwest for 23 years.

l Improvements are underway, or have already been made, at Red Fox Run Golf Course at K.I. Sawyer.

“I think it would be safe to say we probably made more improvements this year than have ever been made at Red Fox Run Golf Course, said new owner Dave Fairbanks.

Fairbanks, 79, has been playing at Red Fox Run since 1994, when the U.S. Air Force left Sawyer and the base became public.

Fairbanks, of Gwinn, purchased the course in an auction last year from Frank Gustella of St. Clair.

The bar and grill was renovated and Mike Sandback was hired as the restaurant manager, the pro shop was moved to a gazebo near the clubhouse and has new equipment, and a variety of improvements have been made to the course.

Course superintendent Pat Dykstra, a former assistant at Marquette Golf Club, said the main focus is on the greens.

Mike Polini, a 2002 Gwinn High School graduate, is the new pro. He graduated from San Diego Golf Academy last year.

Fairbanks said an emphasis is being placed on attracing younger golfers, and he also wants to make playing more affordable.

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Dennis Grall, sports editor



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