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Accident sets wheels of success in motion for Oglesbee

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Ellinwood High School’s Kyle Oglesbee (4) competes in the 800-meter run at the 2014 Shocker Pre-State Meet on April 11 in Wichita. Oglesbee broke a high school record in the event with a time of 1:58.16.

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ELLINWOOD — Kyle Oglesbee’s athletic career nearly never was.
As an eighth grader, Oglesbee lost three fingers in an accident. His doctors told him he could not play basketball or football again.
Essentially, he has not.
What the Ellinwood High School senior has done instead is become one of the top runners in the state.
The accident involved a 4-wheeler in California. Oglesbee grabbed the outside of the roll cage and his three middle fingers were completely amputated.
“They flew me to San Diego,” he said. “It was about a 12-hour surgery to reattach them and I had a couple ...

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