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North Stars looking to heal

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Batavia at St. Charles North boys basketball game has been moved from Thursday to Friday to accommodate a concert at North on Thursday night, North Stars coach Tom Poulin said.

That could be a fortuitous development for junior guard Jake Ludwig and the North Stars. Ludwig, one of North’s chief scoring threats, sprained his ankle in Friday’s loss to Larkin, and is on the mend.

Poulin said Ludwig is receiving treatment and likely will be available for the Batavia game, but the North Stars still are unlikely to be at full strength.

Another North starter, forward Erik Miller, could be out “for a handful of weeks,” Poulin said, after Miller injured his left shoulder, also in the Larkin game.

Miller had a doctor’s appointment Tuesday afternoon and was scheduled for an MRI. Miller was optimistic that the injury was a mild shoulder dislocation as opposed to something more severe, such as a labrum tear.

A three-sport North athlete, Miller had surgery for a labrum tear on his left shoulder as a sophomore, and has had three shoulder injuries during his career – quirkily enough, all stemming from games against Larkin, according to Miller.

For however long the 6-foot-3 Miller is sidelined, Poulin said it likely will take a combination of several players to make up for the athleticism, rebounding and defensive prowess that Miller supplies.

“It creates an opportunity for some guys that have been working really hard, like Tyler DeMoss, Johnny Davern, Brendan McCarthy – we’ve got a handful of guys that have been putting time in and are anxious to get on the court for extended periods of time,” Poulin said.

Extra rest for Ludwig aside, Poulin said he is glad to play Friday.

The Upstate Eight Conference does not schedule boys basketball games on Fridays as consistently as some other conferences.

“That’s just the way I remember [high school basketball], and how I would prefer it,” Poulin said. “We’ll play whenever they tell us to play, but if I had my choice, I’d have Friday games whenever possible.”

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