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LeRoy may try hand at pros

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Medford's Angie LeRoy was flattered and intrigued ­ but also realistic­ when the Women's Professional Fastpitch league included her in itsMarch 20 draft.

LeRoy was taken in the third round by the Virginia Roadsters and wasthe 17th pick overall.

Considering she was in the midst of her final collegiate season at theUniversity of Oregon and graduation was just a few weeks away, LeRoy essentiallylet the matter slide.

I knew I couldn't get there until a third of the season was over,says LeRoy, who received her bachelor's degree in June.

Make no mistake about it, however, she wouldn't mind taking a stab asearly as next summer. The Pac-10 Conference all-star, drafted as a middleinfielder, first heard from the WPF during the winter, when the Denver-basedorganization sent out pre-draft information packages to prospective players.

When I got the letter, it was a shock, I had never heard of it,says the 22-year-old LeRoy. I didn't even know they had an exhibitionseason the year before the (1996) Olympics. I didn't realize what a bigdeal it was.

To hear your name picked in a draft is kind of a big-time thing,she says. I was shocked, actually.

She received a letter, but no other details. Following a banner 1996season, LeRoy struggled much of her senior season. That was part of thereason she didn't bother to contact the Roadsters.

I was real disappointed the way I played and got burned out,she says. I assumed right off I wouldn't play this year and neededa break.

She considered entering Southern Oregon University's fifth-year teachingcredential program but will likely wait until 1998 to continue her studies.

While she isn't playing softball this summer, she will be involved inthe athletic program at her old haunt, North Medford High, this fall.

A former Southern Oregon Conference volleyball all-star, LeRoy will assistRon Beick.

I'm taking a little break from softball so it will remind me howmuch I loved it at one time, LeRoy says. I had great times,I achieved some incredible goals and it's been real rewarding. I know Ican play just as well in the years coming up.

It would be the ultimate to have (the WPF) as an option, that'sfor sure.

Angie LeRoy starred at the University of Oregon and hopes to someday give pro softball a try.