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Report says Paige will not face UNI

Marcus Paige will not play for the North Carolina Tar Heels in their basketball game at the University of Northern Iowa Saturday afternoon, according to a report by CBS Sports.

Paige, a Linn-Mar grad, broke a bone in his hand earlier this month.

Here is what college basketball writer Gary Parrish of CBSSportsline reported on Twitter:

"It was always unlikely. Still, it’s worth noting, UNC’s Marcus Paige will not play at UNI tomorrow, I’m told. Hand just isn’t ready."

 

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Jenks wins Nike Cross Heartland race

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Stephanie Jenks of Linn-Mar High School captured first place at the Nike Cross Heartland regional meet at Yankton Trail Park in Sioux Falls. S.D., on Sunday.

Jenks covered the 5K course in 17 minutes, 1.3 seconds. She won the race by 10.8 seconds in a field of 273 runners from Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Jenks qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals at the Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, Dec. 5.

High school runners from eight Nike regionals from around the country will be participating in the national meet.

Jenks, a senior, has committed to run in college at Cal-Berkeley.

 

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Paige out with broken right hand

Top-ranked North Carolina has lost senior guard Marcus Paige, a former Linn-Mar standout, to a broken right hand for three to four weeks.

The school announced Paige's injury Wednesday, saying the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference co-player of the year broke a bone in his non-shooting hand during Tuesday's practice.

Paige, a 6-foot-2 guard from Marion, Iowa, has missed one game through his first three seasons. But the recovery time would sideline him for next Friday's opener against Temple in Annapolis, Maryland, and several games beyond — possibly including his homecoming game at Northern Iowa on Nov. 21.

A roughly four-week absence would have him close to returning for the big Dec. 1 matchup with No. 3 Maryland in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

Paige has led UNC in scoring in each of the past two seasons. Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said in an email that Paige won't require surgery to repair the injury, which came a day after the Tar Heels were voted No. 1 in the Top 25 preseason poll for a record ninth time.

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Cougars, Warriors selling playoff tickets

The Kennedy and Washington activities offices are selling advance tickets for Friday night's football game at Kingston Stadium.

The Cougars and Warriors will be meeting in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday.

Kennedy will be selling tickets from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday. Washington will be selling tickets Wednesday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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The mailman brings new 'Friends' every day

I'm like a kid again, waiting anxiously for the mailman to arrive so I can rip open the letters and see what's inside.

It reminds me of my high school days, waiting for letters from colleges to see if I'd been accepted or not. The University of Michigan finally said yes, after putting me on the waiting list, so that was a great day for the Ecker family.

It also reminds me of my senior year at college, when I wrote all those letters to the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, New York Times, Yonkers Herald-Statesman and Ann Arbor News to see if they'd give me a job in their sports department. The answers were No, No, No, No and No, so that got a little discouraging.

Finally, one of my journalism professors at Michigan told me that a little newspaper in Fort Madison, Iowa, was looking for a sports editor. It wouldn't pay much at $148 per week and I'd have to cover the Lee County Board of Supervisors and occasional prison breaks -- in addition to a half-dozen high schools and the rodeo -- but I was 22 and anxious to get started.

Last Updated on Friday, 30 October 2015 17:17

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