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Injury keeps Aguilar out of all-star game

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Scott Hunt/shunt@chronicle-tribune.comALL STAR: Heisman Skeens will represent Mississinewa inthe 52nd-annual North-South All-Star football game at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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ALL STAR: Heisman Skeens will represent Mississinewa inthe 52nd-annual North-South All-Star football game at North Central High School in Indianapolis. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.
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ALL STAR: Xaine Kirby will represent Eastbrook along with Panthers’ assitant coach Stu Goble during the 52nd-annual North-South football all star game at North Central High School in Indianapolis on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

By CHUCK LANDIS - clandis@chronicle-tribune.com

Dre Aguilar and injuries frequently have been linked together, and another one has put the former Marion Giants standout on the sidelines once again.

Aguilar’s latest injury is a fractured wrist while playing pickup basketball, and it will keep him out of the 52rd annual North-South All-Star football game Friday evening at North Central High School, Indianapolis. While the break is healing, Aguilar hasn’t been cleared to resume football activities.

Grant County still will be represented by Eastbrook’s Xaine Kirby and Mississinewa’s Heisman Skeens, while Panthers assistant Stu Goble is on the North coaching staff. Game time is 7:15 p.m. and admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $5 for students.

“It’s a hard pill to swallow,” Aguilar said Tuesday afternoon of the injury. “But I look at it as God has a plan for bigger and better things and hopefully I can produce in college and - who knows? - hopefully I can move up to the next level.”

The Indiana Football Coaches Association started the series to showcase Indiana’s top senior players in 1967, and Aguilar was the 39th Giant selected to participate. Aguilar, an University of Indianapolis football recruit, earned his spot following a season where he gained coaches’ all-state and all-Region Five recognition.

Aguilar has remained in town while Kirby, Skeens and Goble have been involved in practices and other game-related activities this week. The players interact with disadvantaged children at Camp Riley and feted at a banquet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Primo’s-South located at I-65 and Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis. Banquet tickets are $25 at the door.

“I’m undecided,” Aguilar said about attending the game. “I want to, but then if I go there and sit then it’s going to be painful for me because I’m going to want to be on that field so bad, so I don’t know if it would be worth it torturing myself.

“I’m definitely debating it becase I do want to support the kids that did make it like Xaine Kirby and Heisman Skeens and all them kids,” he continued. “But having that feeling I could be on that field doing what they are doing is just hard for me to grasp.”

Aguilar’s injury also is likely to delay the start of his collegiate career. Doctors told him the break will need 2-3 months to heal and the Greyhounds players are to report next week for the start of preseason practice.

“The coaches and I are working on keeping it stabilized before I get cleared and begin doing all the routine stuff,” he said. “Honestly, I just want to have a solid spot and maintain it and be comfortable and be able to grow and get better and help the team produce.”

Kirby is the 24th Eastbrook player to participate in the all-star game and was a two-way standout for the Panthers’ Class 2A state runner-up team. As a fullback, he rushed for a team-best 1,873 yards and 22 touchdowns and had a receiving TD. As a linebacker, his 62 solo tackles ranked fourth on the team, and he finished with 77 total stops.

Skeens finished up a record-setting career for the Indians ranked 17th on the state’s all-time scoring list with 604 points. A four-year standout, Skeens played quarterback as a senior and passed for 1,169 yards and seven TDs while rushing for 1,371 yards and 20 scores. He is the fifth Ole Miss player to compete in the all-star game.

For the North All-Star team Kirby will play a running back and Skeens is a wide receiver. Both will continue to play football in college with Kirby headed to Anderson University and Skeens to Wabash College.

Goble is the latest Grant County coach to participate in the game, which includes his boss Jeff Adamson who was a head coach in 2002. Randy Sehy, one-time Madison-Grant and Marion coach now at Blackford, also is part of the North staff.

The North team also includes Southwood offensive lineman Aiden Ortega and Blackford linebacker Terrance Wilson.