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March 20, 1999

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Nick Collison is a state champion ... again.

Collison, Kansas University's 6-foot-9 basketball signee from Iowa Falls (Iowa) High School, scored 25 points to lead the Cadets to a 66-42 victory over Pella Christian in Friday night's Iowa Class 2A state championship game.

The Cadets, who have won 52 straight games, also won the title a year ago.

On Friday, Collison hit 11 of 17 shots and grabbed eight boards.

KU coach Roy Williams attended the game.

KU signee Kirk Hinrich, a 6-foot-3 guard from Sioux City (Iowa) West High, scored 21 points as West nipped Marshalltown, 57-56, in a Class 4A semifinal on Friday in Des Moines, Iowa.

Hinrich, the all-time leading scorer in Sioux City history, hit five of 11 shots, including two of six three-pointers. He hit all nine free throw tries, including several down the stretch, for West High, 21-3 overall.

In the other semifinal, West Des Moines Valley beat Dubuque Wahlert, 49-48. The finals are set for 8:45 tonight.

Andrew Gooden, a 6-10 KU signee from El Cerrito (Calif.) High, has led his squad into today's state finals, set for 2 p.m. at Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.

El Cerrito, 31-3, will meet Fresno Washington Union Square, 25-6. Junior forward Deshaun Stevenson, who has UCLA, Kansas and several other schools on his preliminary list of prospective colleges, plays for Union Square. Gooden scored 27 points in a quarterfinal win over San Mateo.

Hinrich and Collison will play for the U.S. team against a team of international players in the Nike Hoop Summit, set for 2 p.m., a week from Sunday in Tampa, Fla.

Hinrich and Gooden will play in the Dada All-Star Classic, Sunday, April 18, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Gooden and Collison will play in the Capital Classic, April 8 at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C.

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