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STJ Volleyball, Goliad Football Injury Updates

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Good news and bad news on the injury front for two area high school sports standouts.
First the bad news. St. Joe state volleyball champion Savannah Wharton, suffering a broken right pinky finger while playing club volleyball recently. Savannah had surgery on the finger Tuesday. Her mother told me pins have been placed there, she gets the cast put on next, and will have the cast on from four to six weeks. Samantha Wharton told me Savannah is still going to the American Volleyball Coaches Association Phenom event next month in Minneapolis. But, Savannah will not be able to do the showcase event, where she would have been able to demonstrate her volleyball skills there in front over 150 college coaches. 
Now for the good injury news. Goliad football head coach Bobby Nicholson, telling me that senior quarterback Rocky Morris, cleared by the doctors Tuesday to return to action this Friday. Morris has been out since suffering a broken collarbone against Shiner on September 28. Morris was an All-State selection last season.


DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki hopes to start his record 21st season with the same franchise in December as the Dallas Mavericks star continues a longer-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery seven months ago.
    
The 13-time All-Star said he was gradually increasing activity without any setbacks after having one before the start of training camp.
    
Nowitzki spoke Wednesday night ahead of a ceremony to present him a ceremonial key to the city of Dallas. It was planned for halftime of the Mavericks' game against Brooklyn.
    
Nowitzki had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle just before the end of last season. He was on schedule to be ready for the start of this season before experiencing tendon soreness late in the summer.
    
The 40-year-old is set to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same team. Until he makes his debut, he will technically share the record of 20 seasons with Kobe Bryant, who retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 2016.
    
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