Jamie Ruden

Jamie Ruden

Jamie Ruden's dream of playing a college women's basketball game in her home state did not come true on Sunday as injuries have once again taken a toll on the Arizona State senior.

Ruden, a John Marshall grad, has battled injuries throughout her Division I career. She has been dealing with a foot injury this season, but thought she was healthy enough to go when 19th-ranked ASU played at Minnesota on Sunday.

But the 6-foot-2 Ruden learned on Friday that she has a torn plantar fascia in her foot and will miss about six weeks of the season. She had suffered the injury a week ago during a game against Army.

"On the bright side, there is a good chance she will be able to recover in time for the beginning of Pac-12 Conference play," said John Ruden, Jamie's father. "Hopefully her senior year will end on a more positive note."

Arizona State is scheduled to begin conference play on Dec. 29 against Arizona.

Ruden broke her foot as a freshman and missed all 18 Pac-12 games. She had a herniated disc in her back as a sophomore that required off-season surgery. Last year, as a junior, she suffered a sprained ankle, a broken nose and a broken thumb, but missed just two games.

She started the first two games of the season for ASU (2-1) this year before the injury and averaged 9.5 points and 3.5 rebounds a game.

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Rochester's Jack Fisher and Deontae Veney are among the area players who have been selected to play in the 47th annual Minnesota Football Showcase.
 
The All-Star game will consist of senior players and be comprised of teams from the North and South. The contest will be played at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The contest was first played in 1945 and this will be the 58th game in the series.
 
All of the area players will be on the South squad.
 
Fisher, a senior at Century, is listed as a defensive back, but he also excelled at wide receiver during the 2019 season. He had eight interceptions on defense and more than 1,000 receiving yards on offense.
 
Veney, a lineman, is also listed on the defensive side of the ball as an end. The John Marshall senior will play his college ball at Division II Minnesota State, Mankato.
 
Other area players selected to the team include Blooming Prairie's Gabe Hagen (tight end), Chatfield's Chance Backer (linebacker), Stewartville's Elton Myhre (defensive back), Caledonia's Donnie Lakey (wide receiver), Southland's Carter Schmitz (linebacker) and Winona's Aaron Witt (defensive end). Witt is committed to Wisconsin.
 
A couple of other Big Nine Conference players on the South squad are Albert Lea's Hayden Johnston (offensive line), Owatonna's Zach Wiese (offensive line) and Mankato West's Jack Foster (quarterback) and Spencer Spaude (wide receiver).
 
Goodhue head coach Tony Poncelet is one of the assistants for the South squad.
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John Bickle, who was a quarterback and punter for Century in 2014 and 2015, is the punter for the Wheaton College football team, which is ranked No. 3 in the nation in Division III.
 
Bickle, a junior, finished the regular season ranked 14th in D-III with a 40.5 yard per punt average, which included six punts going over 50 yards. Bickle also ranked as one of the top punters in all of college football with 22 of his 37 punts landing inside opponent's 20-yard lines, nine of which were inside the five.

Wheaton (10-0) is the No. 1 seed in the West Region and will host Martin Luther College of New Ulm in the first round of the playoffs on Saturday. The winner of the game will advance to face the winner of Central (Iowa) (9-1) vs. UW-Oshkosh (8-2) on Nov. 30. St. John’s (9-1) is the No. 2 seed in the West and will host Aurora on Saturday as well.

Guy N. Limbeck is a sports writer for the Post Bulletin. His Local Notebook appears each Tuesday. He can be reached at glimbeck@postbulletin.com

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