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Steve Stanley
Upper Arlington, Ohio
High School:
Worthington Christian HS

Exciting newcomer who is primed to step into the open starting position in center field ... joins leftfielder Matt Strickroth in giving the Irish two strong candidates for BIG EAST Conference rookie of the year ... ranked as one of the BIG EASTs top-three newcomers by Baseball America magazine ... a quality hitter and dangerous baserunner who will become teams first true leadoff hitter since Scott Sollmann (1994-96) ... a hard-nosed player who will add a level of excitement to the Irish squad ... could provide a new dimension to the Irish offense due to his ability to use his speed in picking up extra bases ... swiped 124 bases during his prep career while getting caught stealing just five times ... one of nine players to sign with Notre Dame in the fall of 1997 ... one of four Ohio natives on the Irish roster, along with two of his classmatescatcher Paul OToole (Lakewood) and third baseman Andrew Bushey (Boardman)in addition to junior utility player Ben Cooke (Bay Village) ... joins a Notre Dame baseball program that has produced 57 previous letterwinners from the state of Ohio ... was a teammate of OTooles on 1997 summer-league Mainstreet Muffins team that won state title ... had memorable debut in Notre Dames fall exhibition win over Michigan State (9-5), going 2-for-5 with a two-run single ... also showed his speed by scoring from first on a Brant Ust double in that game.

Prep and Personal: An accomplished athlete at Worthington Christian High School ... led baseball team to conference title his final three seasons, earning all-conference, all-city and all-state honors as a centerfielder following each season ... two-time baseball team captain and two-time MVP ... led team to its first district baseball title in school history, during his junior year ... became schools first baseball player ever named first team all-state three times ... only sophomore named to the 1996 all-state team ... also set school records for single-season batting average (.600) and career stolen bases (124 in 12 attempts) ... led Columbus area with a .595 batting average as a sophomore, before hitting .485 as a junior and .489 as a senior ... stole 41 bases on 44 attempts as a sophomore, 37 of 38 as a junior and 46 of 47 as a senior ... played in all-city all-star game and all-Ohio all-star game (held in Oklahoma) ... helped team take second place at 97 National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Evansville, Ind ... served as a point guard on varsity basketball team as a junior and senior, helping team capture two conference titles and the district title during his junior year ... basketball team as a senior year, when he earned all-conference and all-city honors ... also played football as a freshman, serving as a backup quarterback on team that went undefeated and claimed conference title ... posted a 4.0 high school GPA ... member of National Honor Society ... served as student body president ... received Joshua Award (recognizing school leadership) and Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award ... born December 23, 1979, in Oxford, Ohio ... son of Mike and Sharilyn Stanley ... full name is Steve Van Ormer Stanley ... enrolled in the First Year of Studies ... intends to major in business administration.

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