Basinger excels with academic skills

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 6, 2007

DEMOPOLIS &045; The goal of a coach for a student playing sports include producing good academic skills. Thus the term student-athlete, which is defined as one who studies while trained or skilled in sports or games that require physical strength, agility, or stamina.

Seth Basinger is doing just that, as he studies and play baseball at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. He carries a 4.0 grade point average and is taking two calculus classes this semester, as he finishes his second year at the school. Academic achievement was on of the reasons Basinger chose Wallace to attend.

Basinger played in the middle of the 2004 Demopolis Tiger championship teams’ defense as a linebacker.

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Team unity has been one of the things has been noted by all of the 2004 players that we’ve shared in this series.

The UMS-Wright playoff game of the 2004 season was one of Basinger’s most memorable game.

The Demopolis defense often went unrecognized in the championship year, which has been mention before, though they recorded six shutouts and gave up under five points a game.

Given the amount of seniors on the team (15), the leadership responsibilities were shared. They all pitched in at different times to keep the team positive.

Basinger, who grew up in Demopolis was humbled by the opportunity to play in the championship game.

Basinger currently plays baseball for LBWCC in Andalusia.

He was fortunate to also play baseball for Demopolis, who also won the state championship in his senior year. The 6ft, 210 lb sophomore plays third base for the Saints.