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Center Point-Urbana's Callyn Fox chooses horses

HS journalism: Multisports standout also is a champion showing horses

Center Point-Urbana’s Callyn Fox goes up for a kill over Independence’s Allie Jo Zieser during a match in August. Fox not only excels in volleyball, basketball and track, but she also is a champion showing horses. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Center Point-Urbana’s Callyn Fox goes up for a kill over Independence’s Allie Jo Zieser during a match in August. Fox not only excels in volleyball, basketball and track, but she also is a champion showing horses. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

CENTER POINT — The Center Point-Urbana volleyball team had a fantastic regular season and is taking a 27-12 record into the postseason.

While the majority of the girls are multisport athletes, one has fallen in love with an extracurricular outside of the norm.

Callyn Fox participates and has found great success in the traditional high school sports — volleyball, basketball and track — but she also shows horses almost year-round.

Fox has achieved outstanding success in high school and horse competitions. She started showing horses when she was just 3-years-old. While she has earned many awards in sports, she has had the honor of being named the 2015 Junior Cowgirl Queen Attendant and then, in 2017, the Iowa State Fair’s Junior Cowgirl Queen.

She has also shown success doesn’t come without putting in the hours.

“Summer is the most hectic,” she said. “I’ll go from basketball to volleyball to training with my horses all in one day. My summer days are always super full.”

Those long summer days have definitely paid off, however. On Oct. 5, Fox committed to becoming a Jack Rabbit next fall by signing with South Dakota State University’s equestrian team.

“I’m excited to go to SDSU, I like the campus a lot, (and) I liked how everyone was nice there,” she said. “I liked how it wasn’t too small and not too big.”

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Before she takes on that new journey, though, there are some things to take care of at home first. Most importantly now, her senior volleyball season.

“I think if we (CPU volleyball) keep up the communication, lots of positivity, and take care of the ball, we’ll finish this season really well,” she said.

CPU’s girls of fall are looking to emerge from regional play triumphant, and then head to the state volleyball tournament going full speed ahead.

The Stormin’ Pointers start their run tonight at 7 against Hampton-Dumont on their home floor.

In the meantime, you can be sure to find Fox where her horses are.

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