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KMS grad Hauge coached St. Francis in State

 Ryan Hauge, a 1999 graduate of Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, is the head coach at St. Francis, which fell to No. 3-seed Cretin-Derham Hall 69-53 Wednesday at the Target Center in the quarterfinals of the Class AAAA boys basketball tournament.

His team, also nicknamed the Fighting Saints, won the Section 7AAAA championship to enter state with a 24-5 record. Hauge, a Concordia College graduate, is in 10th year with the St. Francis program, the past six as head coach. This is the Saints’ first trip to state since 2000.

Kobe done for season

Hobbled five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has been shut down for the season, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Wednesday in a crowning blow to an abysmal year for the storied franchise.

Bryant, 35, has not played since December 17 when he fractured his knee during a game against Memphis after having missed the first 19 games of the 2013-14 NBA season recovering from a torn Achilles from last April.

"Obviously this has been a frustrating and disappointing season, but I appreciate all the support I've received from the Lakers and the fans, and look forward to being back and ready for the start of training camp," Bryant said in a statement.

The sixteen-time All-Star, who has played six games this season, was examined on Wednesday by the team's physician, who determined that the injury has still not healed.

The Lakers have sagged to a 22-42 mark after posting a 45-37 record last season. With 18 games left, the team stands 15-1/2 games out of the eighth and last playoff berth in the Western Conference.

"With Kobe's injury still not healed, the amount of time he'd need to rehab and be ready to play, and the amount of time remaining in the season, we've simply run out of time for him to return," said Lakers athletic trainer Gary Vitti.

— Reuters/Staff reports