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Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2001

Waltz ready for KBCA all-star game

KU women’s signee from Blue Valley North to play tonight; Baldwin’s Knight set for boys contest

August 1, 2001

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Recent Blue Valley North graduate Blair Waltz digs the college scene.

The Kansas University women's basketball signee has already taken six hours of college courses and has worked out with the KU team this summer.

"I absolutely love it," said Waltz, a 6-foot-2 guard-forward.

Tonight, Waltz will play her final game as a high schooler when she suits up for the North squad at the Kansas Basketball Coaches Assn. all-star game. Tipoff is 6 p.m. at Shawnee Heights High.

"It is kind of the last hurrah," Waltz said. "I just want to have fun and I'm not worried about who scores."

Waltz sure can score. She averaged 18 points, seven steals and five assists her senior season at Blue Valley North. She can also score with the best of them, erupting for a game-high 25 points to lead Kansas to a 95-92 victory over Missouri in the Greater Kansas City Coaches Assn. all-star game in April.

Her AAU team, JM Bauersfeld, recently placed ninth at the 18-under national tournament in Orlando, Fla.

Waltz has spent the past couple of weeks healing her left foot (tendinitis).

"At one time doctors thought I had stress fracture, but it isn't," Waltz said. "It's gotten a lot better since I've taken some time off."

At approximately 8:15 tonight at Shawnee Heights, the KBCA will hold its boys all-star game. Recent Baldwin High graduate Heath Knight will play for the North.

Knight, a 6-5 guard who averaged 17.4 points and 8.8 rebounds for Baldwin his senior season, will report later this month to Concordia University in Seward, Neb., where he will play basketball.

"My coach from Concordia is coming down to see me play," Knight said. "This game is for fun. I want to do some dunks."

Knight, a quarterback for the BHS football team, might play spring football and compete in track at Concordia.

"I've talked to the coaches and they seem interested," Knight said.

The North team features Shawnee Miege product Jamar Howard, a Wichita State signee.

Kansas University signee Wayne Simien, an all-stater from Leavenworth, was selected for the KBCA game but withdrew while healing his injured shoulder. Also, KU walk-on Jeff Hawkins, a Kansas City Sumner product, was picked for the game but has already played in two all-star games, the most allowed by the Kansas State High School Activities Assn.

The all-star games originally were to be played at Washburn University's Lee Arena but moved to Shawnee Heights because of construction at the WU facility.

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