A winning twin combination

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I’m not sure what the odds are of having twins in your coverage area, but Kole and Kane Fiala aren’t the first duo I’ve followed on the area sports scene.
In fact, I’ve been witness to the athletic greatness of at least four twin siblings in five-plus years, with those attending three of the four area schools.
What’s unique about the Fiala twins is their success on the athletic field came in different avenues.
Others, like Kyle and Payton Stevens from High Plains for example, each played football, basketball and track with variant successes in each of them -- even in similar events.
For Kole and Kane Fiala, those successes at times came in different sports entirely.
Kane was the runner in the family, finding success in cross country during the fall. Those successes culminated into a state championship for the Huskies in 2019 as Kane led the team with a medalist spot and its second team title in the sport.
Kane had competed for years just to get into that position and made the most of it, an effort that wasn’t lost on his coach, Tony Sigler.
“I don’t know if I could be any more proud of him,” Sigler said after the state cross country meet. “Kane ran so well for two and three years and it means so much to see him walk away from this with a medal.”
The Fiala family was busy in the fall because while Kane was running the hills of various golf courses, Kole was on the football field competing for the Husky football team.
Kole was part of the perfect 2018 team that ran through its first season in Class C-1 to win a state championship.
Although Kole was injured in the state semifinals and didn’t compete at Memorial Stadium, he was part of an Aurora team that found success in multiple classes.
The winter season saw Kole put on the wrestling straps and earn his way to a state tournament berth as a senior.
I’ve enjoyed the stories about how far Kole has come in the sport of wrestling, from only winning one match the first year he ever went out after Jeremy Dubas sweet-talked him into doing so.
As a senior, Kole compiled a record of 42-12 with a state tournament berth as a team captain at the 195-pound division.
When talking about Aurora’s two senior leaders -- including Kole -- Aurora wrestling coach Derek Keasling said after the state meet that the Huskies’ development on the mat is a direct reflection of their efforts.
“They didn’t have a luxurious career. They had to fight,” Keasling said. “I’ve taken pride in that. We’ve always had seniors step up. Those two didn’t have a lot of varsity wins between the two last year and combined, they had over 70 wins this year. From where they were and where they ended up, that speaks to our culture and their belief in the process.”
However, once it came to track season, the Fiala family was reunited again.
Kane was entered in several running events while Kole found success in the pole vault as each were looking for a taste of state success before their senior seasons ended before they began because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Often, brothers are over-the-top competitive with each other and I’m sure these two are no different.
So who was better? I mean, they both have state championship medals to show for their high school efforts.
I’ll let their parents settle that one.
RICHARD RHODEN can be reached at sports@hamilton.net.


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