Aug 29, 2013 4:41 PM by Scott Breen (KTVQ - Billings)
WORDEN - Less than a year after a gruesome football injury left Koni Dole with his right leg amputated below the knee, Dole has been cleared to play football again.
Tuesday the Montana High School Association gave Dole final approaval for Dole to play in Huntley Project's season opening game Friday night against Joliet.
"These days get long with my leg hurting and everything, so it was a giant relief to hear that and get that out of the way because we've been worrying about it for a couple weeks now," said Dole after practicing full speed with the Red Devils on Tuesday. "After all this hard work, I was just like, really?"
Dole's leg snapped below the knee last October in Huntley Project's regular season finale against Shepherd. After enduring a number of emergency surgeries, Dole's lower leg became infected beyond repair. Doctors then informed him he had the choice of keeping his lower leg attached or amputating, which could improve his chances of continuing an athletic career.
Dole chose amputation and maintained at the time his dream was still to play football for Montana State. He began wrestling for Huntley Project less than three months after surgery and ran track for the Red Devils last spring.
Just days ago Montana State University offered Dole a preferred walk-on football scholarship.