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The Compass Friday, April 30,1999 7
Keels Makes Early Run For Majors
By A1 Randolph
When was the last time you heard of
an athlete from Elizabeth City State
University foregoing their senior year
and entering the pros? Maybe never.
Now, Viking baseball player Alvin
Keels will be the first to try and
accomplish this task.
The 5'11,170 pound Chesapeake, Va.
native has high spirits about making it
to the major league.
In a recent interview with Keels, it
was evident that this will be the
biggest challenge in his life. Keels
knows all the aspects of what it will
take to make it to the pros, as well as
what to expect. With the experience of
playing in various summer leagues, he
is mentally and physically ready to
accept these challenges.
Keels credits much of his
enthusiasm to the Cape Cod Summer
League that he participated in. He was
also the first Central Intercollegiate
Athletic Association player to
participate in one of the highest-rated
leagues in the country. As a result, he
was noticed by a pro scout after
playing in the summer league.
"I have no specific team that I
would like to play for, I just want a
chance to play in the majors," says
Keels. He also mentioned that many
major league teams have shown an
interest in him and his talent.
Alvin Keels' career at ECSU has
been a very prosperous one.
This season, he has been injury free
while obtaining a batting average of
around .400. He credits this to being a
different, more intelligent player than
"This year's team is more talented
and the pressure is off me due to my
supporting cast," said Keels. His
supporting cast of Vikings has
contributed greatly and they won the
By Xavier Wise
The Intramural Sports program at
Elizabeth City State University, imder
the new leadership of Coach Anzell
Harrell, Jr., has taken a turn for the
better and is new and improved.
This year's Intramural Sports
Program has achieved much success.
Intramural volleyball, flag football,
and basketball contests have already
taken place this year, and the student
turnout was good.
This year, an All-Star team
composed of intramural basketball
players participated in the Pepsi Five
on Five Regional Tournament in
Chapel Hill, NC. After winning the
round robin portion of the
tournament, the all-stars lost in the
quarter finals. As a result, the team
finished 14th among 53 other colleges
and universities from across the
The University held its armual
Intramural Sports Banquet and
Awards Night on April 27 and
honored the all-star team and others
who were a part of this year's
Students who competed received
awards and certificates for their
participation. A pleased coach Anzell
Harrell said he and his staff are ready
and poised to take the program to
even greater heights in the coming
The Members of ECSU’s 1998-99 Women’s Softball Team
CIAA regular season title.
When most athletes enter the pros
early, the question about education
almost always haunts the them. Keels
thoroughly explained his intentions of
finishing his education status.
He's aware that baseball isn't going
to be there forever, and that he'll need
something to fall back on.
" I admit baseball is my first love,
but I promised my mother that I
would get my degree," says Keels. He
also plans to achieve his second goal,
having his own business after earning
his degree in marketing.
When you look at the NFL, NBA,
and major league baseball, there's a
limited number of CIAA players in all
these leagues, if any. Coming out of a
historically black conference like the
CIAA, Keels says much responsibility
rides on his shoulders. Dealing with
the community and being a role model
are just a few.
"I think black athletes have an
enormous responsibility, for the
simple fact that there are role models
in my community who helped me.
And when I make it, I plan to come
back to my community and provide
whatever I can to help," said Keels. He
highly praises the people of
Chesapeake, Va., and especially Coach
Chuck Cullens, who has advised and
supported him over the past two
According to Keels, there is no real
pressure on him being the first CIAA
player to leave early for the majors.
Should he get drafted this fall, it will
definitely turn heads.
"If I'm drafted. I'll be setting the
tone and opening the door for other
players," said Keels. Although feeling
of being drafted might not be in his
near future in the near future for him,
the thrill of winning a CIAA
conference championship is.
Viking Men and Women’s Track
Challenge at Championship
By: A1 Randolph
On April 17, Elizabeth City State's
men's and women's track teams
participated in the CIAA conference
championship. The Vikings had a
limited number of runners competing
in all the events. However, everyone
did place in the top ten.
In the men's events, Leroy Fowler
participated in the Javelin with a
throw of 128 feet, 11 inches, which was
good enough for seventh place. In the
four-by-100 relay, the men's team of
Steve Carter, Arnold Jones, Derrick
Watkins, and Earl Jones placed fifth.
' ITP* the Omen's '^events, Krista
Zeigler placed fourth in the javelin
with a throw of 37 feet, six inches.
Despite a valiant eftort by the women
in other events, they did not place.
Said Coach Tim Orr, aware of his
team's lack of depth, "Basically, this
year we tried to set a foundation for
Orr plans to bring in more athletes
in an effort to improve the track
program. "With the players coming
back on both men and women's
teams, recruiting will improve the
program," he said.
Intramural Sports At ECSU On The Move