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Ridgewood's Seels picks E. Tennessee State

By Compiled by JOHN C. COTEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2000


Citing the "family atmosphere", Ridgewood basketball player Cory Seels has signed with Division I-A East Tennessee State.

"I just felt real comfortable there," said Seels, who visited the school last weekend. "I was real comfortable with the coach and the players. After my visit, I just knew it was the place for me, definitely."

A transfer from Robinson, the 6-foot-9, 265-pound center anchored the Rams middle this season, helping the team to a 20-10 record. He averaged 16.5 points and a county-best 10.2 rebounds, and was an all-Sunshine Athletic Conference pick as well as the Times Pasco County Player of the Year.

Seels was ranked among the Top 100 players in America by the Bob Gibbons All-Star Scouting Service. Last summer he attended the National Basketball Association Players Association camp at Princeton University, where he ranked 18th out of 45 seniors.

East Tennessee State only got into the Seels sweepstakes a few weeks ago, but did not to impress the big center.

"I really felt like: This is what college is all about," said Seels, who will play about six hours from his hometown of Charleston.

PHCC signs Langlois

Chris Langlois, who started his senior season out with a no-hitter, ended it by signing with Pasco-Hernando Community College on Thursday.

The River Ridge right-hander, one of the county's top hitters and pitchers, was 8-4 this season with a 3.79 ERA. He leads Pasco County with 101 strikeouts. In 68.1 innings, he allowed 52 hits.

At the plate, Langlois exceeded expectations by hitting a team-best .400, adding eight doubles, three triples, four home runs and 22 RBI. Langlois had all three of his triples in one game at the Dunedin Easter Tournament last month.

Langlois, who stands 6-4 and weighs 175, throws a good curveball and a fastball clocked in the mid-80s, though he hopes to put on weight and increase his speed over the summer.

"Chris has the potential to be an outstanding pitcher at the college level,"said PHCC coach Steve Winterling.

Langlois will join former River Ridge teammate Joel Sayre and former Gulf pitcher Alan Green in the Conquistador rotation next season.

Winterling talked to Langlois for the first time at the district tournament last week, and made an offer shortly thereafter.

"It's real close to home," Langlois said. "It was a good opportunity, plus I know some guys on the team so that will be good."

PHCC also announced three of its players had signed with other colleges, including former Ridgewood standout Robbie Robertson, who will play for George Mason next year. Robertson his .297 this year with eight home runs and 37 RBI. He was an all-conference catcher.

First baseman Garrett Jones and shortstop Zak McDonald signed with Embry Riddle. Both hit better than .300 last season.

Softball

The West Pasco Lady Rockets Fastpitch Softball Association is currently looking for players for its 14-under team, as well as 10-under players for the summer and fall NSA and ISA seasons. For more information, call Ron Deak at (727) 376-8542 or (727) 846-9199.

Hall, Croteau honored

Baseball player Trevor Hall and softball player Desiree Croteau have been selected Sunshine State Conference male and female athletes of the month for April.

Hall, a sophomore first baseman, hit .447 in 17 games, driving in 40 runs and hitting 10 doubles and three home runs.

Croteau, a former Land O'Lakes standout and Wesley Chapel resident, leads the SSC in ERA and hitting. For the month, the right-hander was 12-3 with a 0.78 ERA and batted .442 with 27 hits in 64 at bats. In 13 starts, Croteau completed 11 with four shutouts and 73 strikeouts in 110.2 innings. She hit two home runs and had five doubles.

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