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Surrounded by teammates, family and friends, Lakewood's Kasey Drayton and Tianah Alvarado signed letters of intent to play basketball.

Drayton, who averaged 15 points last season and led the Spartans to the state final four, signed with Alabama-Birmingham. Alvarado, who missed most of last season with a torn ACL, signed with Seton Hall.

After signing, both received calls from their college coaches.

Drayton decided on the Blazers because the coaches there have been recruiting her since she was a freshman.

"(UAB) was always there and the coaches came to all my games," Drayton said. "I know I can go there and play right away."

Alvarado said part of her reason for choosing the Pirates was the staff continued recruiting her after her knee injury.

"A lot of schools stopped calling once I got hurt," Alvarado said. "But Seton Hall was always there. I knew all along this past year that's where I wanted to go."

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Seminole baseball sends three to next level

Seminole baseball players Michael Mann, Alex McGathey and Corey Baptist signed Wednesday during the early signing period for most sports other than football. Mann, who hit .405 with 24 RBIs, 11 doubles and six home runs, signed with USF. McGathey, who was 8-0 with a 0.15 ERA and hit .359, signed with North Florida. Baptist, who hit .316 with 17 RBIs for St. Petersburg Catholic as a junior, signed with Mississippi. "It's unusual to have one Division I signee from a school," Seminole coach Jeff Pincus said. "To have three is really remarkable.'' Baptist said choosing to attend Seminole and Mississippi was easy. "I decided this summer that I wanted to go to Seminole," he said. "I grew up playing with these guys and it's right down the street from my house. And I've been waiting for this day for a while."

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