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Names In The Game

January 9, 1993

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Chuck Kornegay and Donnie Seale hope to return to North Carolina State’s academic good graces and get back on the basketball team before the week is over.

Kornegay, a 6-foot-8 freshman, and Seale, a 6-5 senior, were declared academically ineligible for the second semester on Thursday.

Coach Les Robinson worries that people might get the wrong impression.

″The thing that bothers me is that people will see the headline, ‘State players ineligible’ and their first thought will be that we have renegades here who don’t go to school,″ Robinson said.

″But we’re solid. Our GPAs have risen every semester. Unfortunately, that’s not the perception people will get from this.″

Kornegay and Seale appealed and expect to learn the results this week. Laws protecting students’ academic records prohibit Robinson from discussing the specifics of their situations, but Seale said Friday he had finished work in an incomplete course from the fall semester.

Freshman athletes at NCSU must have at least a 1.5 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale after their first semester in school to compete in the spring semester.

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EPWORTH, Iowa (AP) - At the beginning of the season, teams playing against the Epworth Western Dubuque girls basketball team usually did a triple-take when the starters were announced.

Three of the five are triplets: Julie, Jodi and Jill Schueller.

″If we see a new official or something, we tease them a little, like saying the girls can change jerseys and no one will know the difference. It’s all in jest, of course, and it’s always taken that way,″ coach Jim Demmer said.

Jodi and Jill are identical twins, born two minutes apart. Although the youngest by minutes, Julie is tallest of the trio at 5-foot-8 1/2 . Jodi is 5-8 and Jill is a shade under 5-8.

Demmer has worked with the triplets, who are seniors, since 7th grade. He doesn’t have a problem telling them apart anymore, although he admits ″when they were in 7th grade I couldn’t tell one from the other from the other.″

In their red, black and white uniforms and their hair tied back, it’s easy to understand.

″When we’re introduced, people see one, then two of us come out and they think, ‘Oh, twins.’ Then they see the third one of us come out and they say, ‘Oh man, triplets 3/8’ ″ Julie said.

The sisters look alike, sound alike and say they are usually in tune with each other during games.

″Sometimes we get mad at each other. If one of us makes a bad play, we let them know,″ Jill says.

Though they look strikingly similar, there are differences in their games, Demmer said.

″Julie is the best overall of the three. She can play all five positions. Jill is the pure shooter. She’s more one-dimensional. Jodi is our best defender and rebounder and probably the quickest of the three,″ he said.

Their personalities also are different.

″Jill goes up and down emotionally. She goes from cloud nine to the floor,″ the coach said. ″Jodi is rough and tough. She can be brutal. Julie is more even keel - but she’s almost too laid back.″

The girls also are standout softball players. Julie catches, Jodi plays shortstop and Jill plays third base.

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DETROIT (AP) - Former Detroit Lions offensive tackle Rich Strenger has a new job, in fact three of them - bodyguard, driver and special investigator for Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.

Strenger, who completed police academy training, will have duties that include performing investigations for the Risk Management Department on worker’s compensation claims.

″I don’t want to refer to him as a bodyguard,″ Patterson said. ″He will be working here in a number of capacities. We have a lot of areas where we can utilize Rich.″

The 6-foot-7 Strenger, who weighs more than 275 pounds, played at the University of Michigan and was a Lions second-round draft pick in 1983. He left football after several knee injuries and an unsuccessful comeback bid with the Buffalo Bills in 1988.

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HOUSTON (AP) - Several Houston-area businesses are offering a $32,000 donation to the football program at Davis High. The school holds the high school varsity record with a 73-game losing streak.

The donation is believed to be the largest ever earmarked for a Houston Independent School District program, athletic director Jim Ashmore said.

″It’s certainly nice to see some corporate sponsorship for any of our programs, academic or athletic,″ Ashmore said. ″I’m sure the condition of the Davis athletic facilities will improve with the funds and encourage more kids to participate in the program.″

Poor facilities and low participation have contributed to the slide, which hit a national low with a 41-0 loss to Worthing on Nov. 5.

″I put a list together after the season of things we need for the program, and it totaled about $70,000,″ coach Chuck Arnold said. ″But this is a good start. We’ll upgrade our fields, sleds and equipment, and this donation will enable us to do that.″

The gift must be approved by the school board.

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