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Darby Dodds

Created: 02/05/2014 6:40 PM KAALtv.com

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- "It's weird to think it's my senior year, Dodge County forward Darby Dodds said. "It hasn't hit me yet, but it's been a good six years."

That's right.

Dodds has been on the Dodge County varsity team since seventh grade, and in that time, she's left her mark on the program.

"Currently, she's holding quite a bit of our Dodge County Wildcat school history records for scoring and points," said head coach Jeremy Gunderson.

This year, Darby has scored 34 goals and has 29 assists, averaging a little over two points per game. 

"I think the girls look up to me as one of the goal scorers to get it going," said Dodds.

Darby gets the scoring started more times than not. In fact, earlier this year she scored six goals in one game.

"I felt bad I kept scoring on them," said Dodds.

Head coach Jeremy Gunderson says that those numbers are a testament to her work ethic.

"Darby's the kind of kid that every shift she's giving her hardest. She back checks like its game seven of the NHL Stanley Cup in practice, I mean she gives you everything she has at all times," said Gunderson.

It also doesn't hurt to have a pretty good wrist shot.

"She's got a great strong release, probably one of the harder wrist shots I've seen in girls hockey, and I've worked at the USA level as well as this level. She can shoot the puck excellent," said Gunderson.

So what do you get when you combine both her work ethic with her shot? Darby hopes a trip to the State Tournament.

"I think we have a chance at going to state," Dodds said. "If we stay strong and keep playing our game and go into every period like its 0-0, I think we'll have a chance of making it."



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