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College Round-up: Ozone Park’s Koslowski inks contract with Sox

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Ozone Park native Kasey Koslowski followed his St. Francis College battery mate Jason Fardella to the pro ranks as the Terriers’ senior catcher signed a free-agent contract with the Chicago White Sox organization last week.

Fardella, a former Archbishop Molloy first baseman from South Ozone Park, was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 11th round of the Major League Draft earlier this month.

Koslowski finished his college career with the St. Francis College record for career hits (170) and doubles (28). He also ranks in the top five on the all-time list in runs, runs batted in and walks. He was a two-time Second Team All-Northeast Conference selection, earning honors in his junior and senior seasons. He was also a fine defensive catcher, throwing out 31 of 63 potential base steals, a 49.2 percent success rate, in his sophomore year.

He reported to Arizona to attend the White Sox’s minor league camp and should be assigned to a team within the organization within the week.

Koslowski is the second Terrier to be signed by White Sox scout John Tumminia in the past four years. Following the 1998 season, the White Sox drafted pitcher Edwin Almonte, who is currently pitching for the White Sox Double-A affiliate, the Birmingham (Ala.) Barons of the Southern League.

Estep leads Open Door All-Stars to 6-1 mark in Italy

St. John’s women’s basketball head coach Darcel Estep guided the Nacel Open Door All-Star team to a 6-1 record against some of the top club teams in Italy. She led a squad of 10 players, including Red Storm freshmen Sherri Brown and Nora Gyuris, on the 10-day tour of Italy earlier this month.

“I was very impressed with the way the young ladies came in to this tour,” Estep said. “They were prepared physically and mentally, which was great for me as a coach who has very little time to prepare.”

The All-Stars opened the tour with an 82-66 win over Umbertide on June 9. On June 12 the Nacel All-Stars defeated an all-star team from Orvieto, 89-53. They followed that win with a 106-58 drubbing of Galli Basketball and a 79-50 win over Livomo. The Nacel All-Stars then defeated the Arezzo All-Stars, 83-75 and Santa Marinella, 102-49. The all-star team forfeited its final game against ‘A’ level squad La Spezia because of “physical play by the opposition.”

Brown averaged 10 points and four rebounds per game and Gyuris averaged three points and two boards a game.

“I give the ladies all the credit for carrying themselves in such a mature manner on this tour,” said Estep, who also led the Nacel All-Stars on a tour of Greece last year. “We had a well-balanced team effort the entire time. When one person was off, there were others to carry the team. The team atmosphere from the bench to the floor was great. They motivated each other very well. You could tell how much they appreciated this trip.”

Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 143.

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