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February 8, 2014

Jean DePlacido column: Pelletier shines on the hardcourt at Stonehill

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“My teammates are finding me coming off screens,” said Pelletier.

“I’m so happy I decided to go to Stonehill; I love the school and couldn’t be happier. It’s a nice mix of strong academics and athletics. We play in one of the top leagues in the country in Division 2, and the competition is great. On any given night every team in this league can beat anybody else.”

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Steve Langton is getting lots of attention in Sochi, Russia at the Winter Olympics as a member of the USA bobsled’s “Night Train” team that has high expectations. His younger brother, Chris, is ready to step in if needed as the Americans’ first alternate.

While Steve’s background is as a track star at St. John’s Prep and later Northeastern, Chris started in high school track for the Eagles, then dabbled in wrestling at Northfield Mt. Hermon prep school before concentrating on lacrosse and went on to have a fine career at Cornell.

“I had no idea (Chris) was doing (wrestling) until he came home with a big trophy,” said his mother Anne. “I guess they needed somebody to fill in, and the coach asked Chris to try it because they needed somebody in that weight class so they wouldn’t have to forfeit. He surprised everybody by winning.”

Despite not having any experience Langton was a natural, an All-New England in the 215-pound class.

At St. John’s Prep he set a state record and was named All-American in the shuttle hurdles relay and was a member of the Division 1 and New England state champion 4x200 relay team. He was also an outstanding lacrosse midfielder for the Eagles and later in college for the Big Red. Running up and down the field played a big part in his meteoric rise in bobsledding.

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