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      N. Mich. soccer team going to teammate's funeral

      The Northern Michigan University women's soccer team is heading to Missouri for a teammate's funeral.

      Freshman midfielder Arianna Alioto from Columbia, Mo., drowned Nov. 30 at the Marquette school's Physical Education Instruction Facility. The 18-year-old Alioto redshirted this fall while recovering from a knee injury.

      Northern Michigan spokeswoman Cindy Paavola says 22 players, the head coach and others are taking a university bus to Columbia, where they're to attend a visitation Friday afternoon and a funeral service Saturday morning.

      The university is covering the cost of the bus, while donors are footing the bill for the team's meals and lodging costs.