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DES MOINES | Jacqui Kalin, a former Sioux City North High School standout, will be one of three players inducted into the Iowa Girls Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies tonight at Wells Fargo Arena.

Kalin went from all-state player at North, leading the Stars to the 2007 Class 4A state championship, to all-conference performer at the University of Northern Iowa and now to professional basketball in Israel.

Unfortunately, her basketball season is still in progress in Italy, so Kalin will be unable to attend her induction ceremony.

She earned all-state honors as both a junior and senior and the Stars compiled a 47-4 record during those two seasons. North lost in the first round of the state tournament in Kalin's junior year but went all the way the next season as Kalin averaged 19.3 points and 4.7 assists in three games, landing on the all-tournament team.

Kalin was also a standout track and field performer at North, competing in four different events at the state meet. She finished second in the 400 hurdles in 2006. At the Drake Relays, she was third in the 400 hurdles once and fourth twice.

North also reached the state soccer tournament in three of Kalin's four seasons.

Despite battling injuries, Kalin became a four-time all-Missouri Valley Conference pick at UNI and a two-time league player of the year.

UNI made its first two NCAA tournament appearances in Kalin's junior and senior year and she missed a chance to play what would have been a fifth season because of a knee injury. The NCAA granted her a sixth year of eligibility and in that final season she was MVC player of the year and earned two postgraduate scholarships while getting a chance to play with another former North High standout in Brittni Donaldson.

The third of four children of Bruce and Linda Kalin, Jacqui left UNI as its career leader in several categories, including points (2,081) and assists (491).

Kalin has spent the last season playing for Ramat Hasharon in Israel's top professional league.

--Barry Poe


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