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Kewpies advance in tournament

Thursday, January 18, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:41 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Hickman boys basketball team defeated Blue Springs South 67-56 on Wednesday to advance in the Culver’s Shootout at Lee’s Summit High School. The win improved the Kewpies to 9-7. Hickman will play the winner of the Raytown-Lee’s Summit game tonight at 7.

The Kewpies advanced behind 22 points from Byron Bundy and 12 from Dan Dierkes. Other Hickman players in double figures were Josh Elam with 11 and Tyler Stevens with 10. Hickman broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Blue Springs South 19-8. The Kewpies hit nine 3-pointers.

PENGUINS: Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and Pittsburgh leaders are expected to meet again today with the Penguins as the sides appear to be getting closer to completing a deal to build a new downtown Pittsburgh arena for the NHL team.

The private meeting would be the first since Jan. 4, when Penguins owner Mario Lemieux came away from a preliminary session with Rendell, with county and city officials saying he was “very optimistic” that an agreement could be reached.

Neither side has spoken publicly since then and negotiations have continued. The Penguins’ lease at 45-year-old Mellon Arena ends in June, and the team is free to relocate after that.

The Jan. 4 meeting was held hours after Lemieux and other team officials toured the under-construction Sprint Center in Kansas City, which is hoping to land the Penguins should they decide to leave Pittsburgh.


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