TWIN FALLS, Idaho - Jaysean Paige, formerly of Jamestown High School, hasn't slowed down a bit since his Post-Journal Player-of-the-Year winning season back in 2010-2011.
After spending his senior high school season playing in Hazard, Ky., where he averaged 21 points and 6.7 rebounds, Paige joined the College of Southern Idaho Golden Eagles (5-2), one of the top JUCO programs in the nation.
As a freshman, Paige has led the Golden Eagles, who entering the season were ranked No. 7 in the NJCAA Division I poll, in scoring three times in seven games, and currently averages a team-high 13.6 points per contest.
He is shooting over 50 percent from the floor (38 of 75), over 40 percent from behind the arc (10 of 24), leads the team in steals with 15 and also, as a shooting guard, finds a way to hand out more than three assists per game.
In the team's recent rout of Impact Academy, 114-65, Paige hit 8 of 10 from the floor on the way to netting a season-high 19 points in just 20 minutes. He also grabbed two rebounds, made three steals and delivered three assists.
The 6-foot-1 guard will be back on the court on Friday against Miles City Community College.
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After working together on the court at Pine Valley and then later at Jamestown Community College, Jillian Brunswick (Pine Valley/South Dayton) and Nikole Lindquist (Pine Valley/Cherry Creek) have joined forces at Fredonia State to help the women's basketball team off to a solid, 3-1 start.
Most recently, Brunswick, a junior, tallied a season-high 11 points to go along with three assists and three steals in the Blue Devils' 30-point victory over Cazenovia College on Nov. 18, and then equaled that point total, this time adding three rebounds and a pair of steals, in a 31-point victory over D'Youville on Tuesday night.
Her longtime teammate, meanwhile, got her first start against Cazenovia and tallied eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and two assists and then sunk eight points, hauled in four rebounds and made three steals against D'Youville.
The two, along with their fellow Blue Devils, are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Erie to square off against Penn State Behrend at 4 p.m.
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Lindquist and Brunswick aren't the only former Lady Panthers currently making their presence known for the Blue Devils, however.
Senior Jenna Austin, a Cherry Creek native, contributed 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting while making three steals and three assists against Nazareth and then scored seven points and dished out five assists against Washington and Jefferson.
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Just as she did at Jamestown High School, Erinne Cunningham is making some hefty contributions to the Slipper Rock women's basketball team.
The senior guard scored 10 points in The Rock's victory over the University of Charleston in non-conference action on Nov. 17, just a week after pouring in 24 against Urbana.
Through three games, Cunningham currently ranks first on the squad in minutes played per game (36), first in field goals made (20), first in assists per game (2.7), second in steals (9), third in points per game (12.0), fourth in field goal percentage (.406), first in 3-pointers made (8) and fifth in rebounds per game (3.7).
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Though the Fredonia State men's basketball team has gotten off to a rough start - they've dropped each of their first two games - that's not to say the local area athletes populating the squad have.
Dalton Kashmer (Pine Valley/South Dayton), a senior, has averaged eight points and four rebounds over those first two contests. Most recently, against St. John Fisher, Kashmer scored 10 points with three assists and five rebounds.
Matt Deboy (Salamanca/Salamanca), a 6-foot-7 freshman, has seen limited action thus far this season but has still made solid contributions. In 24 minutes over two games, Deboy has averaged five points and three rebounds per outing.
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Cam Baker (Chautauqua Lake/Mayville), who along with teammate Steven Kenny were the first Chautauqua Lake Thunderbird football players to earn first-team all-state selections, has played in seven games for the Ithaca Bombers of the Empire 8 Conference.
A sophomore linebacker, Baker has made eight tackles, including one for a loss, and forced a fumble.
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After redshirting in 2010 and then appearing in nine games and making three tackles for the Edinboro Fighting Scots football team in 2011, sophomore inside linebacker Chris Mitchell (Frewsburg/Frewsburg) continues to get better and better on the gridiron.
In his best season to date, Mitchell has made 21 tackles, five of which have gone for a loss, and has broken up a pair of passes in eight games for Edinboro.
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Former Randolph standout Marah Maycock had 11 kills and 15 digs in the Edinboro volleyball team's recent four-game victory over Slippery Rock.
The win snapped what had been a tough, nine-game losing streak.
The output increased the freshman's kill total to 297, just shy of the 300 mark. Over 33 games, she is second on the squad in kills (averaging 9 per contest), second in digs with a grand total of 345 and is fourth is blocks.