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La Conner High hoops coach stands tall at Highland Games

Danny Hagen stays in shape the old-fashioned way.

The 6’-6”, 255-pound La Conner High assistant basketball coach is no stranger to the gym, but his workouts this time of year are done without benefit of the modern sports equipment found in health clubs and fitness centers.

That’s by design.

Hagen opts instead to break a sweat each spring and summer with heavy stones, large poles and hefty hay bales.

In a way, he was born to exercise that way.

Hagen reconnects with his Celtic heritage by competing in the annual Skagit Valley Highland Games and other outdoor tournaments in the Pacific Northwest...


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