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The Inside Edge: Aldridge's brother signs with Mets

Torgashev sidelined by ankle injury; Hamilton walks fundraiser runway
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Alexandra Aldridge poses with her brother, Keaton, who played in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer. -courtesy of Alexandra Aldridge

Athletic prowess runs in Alexandra Aldridge's family. Her father, Kirk, was a member of the U.S. national hockey team, and one of her uncles played hockey with the NHL's Dallas Stars. Aldridge's older brother, Keaton, was a catcher at the University of Memphis and then the University of Tampa, where he was on the 2015 NCAA Division II national championship team.

On June 23, Keaton signed with the Mets as an undrafted free agent. He'll pitch for the Class A Advanced St. Lucie Mets. Yes, he'll be a pitcher, not a catcher. (Keaton started pitching while playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League last summer and a scout clocked his fastball at 90 mph.)

"He was on the All-Star team. We had no idea he could even pitch," said Alexandra, who recently announced her split with former ice dance partner Daniel Eaton. "Last summer, my dad was like, 'Keaton's on TV!'" and suddenly we saw him on TV, pitching."

Alexandra, a two-time U.S. junior ice dance champion, has been able to watch Keaton play baseball quite a bit, but he hasn't had much opportunity to watch her compete.

"Only on NBC when she was doing nationals," he said. "And I watch on icenetwork. Her busy time is pretty much my busy time so I don't get to go to her competitions."

The siblings say they don't feel competitive with each other.

"We're so focused on what we're doing that we don't compete with each other at all, but it's nice to see the other do well," Keaton said. "When she won nationals I was happy for her. When I won nationals she texted me..It's kind of in our nature in our family: We always try to be the best."

"I feel like we've had the same ups and down and success simultaneously," Alexandra said. "We can really relate on the aspects of all the pressure from our sports and the excitement of having the reward at the end of the season. Our poor parents! They have to stress out about me and then about him."

As it happens, Alexandra came to figure skating because Keaton was skating and playing hockey.

"At the time, I wanted to do everything my brother did, so I had to be on the ice," she said. "I wanted to be in the ice shows so bad, so I did figure skating, but I probably could have done pretty well in hockey. My dad always jokes that I should have been a hockey player. I'm fast, and you have to have a kind of anger in you to be a hockey player and I kind of have that, although I don't like to admit it."

Although Keaton played some hockey, he hasn't done any figure skating.

"My parents tried to convince him to be my first skating partner, but he wasn't having it," Alex said.

"I don't know too much about ice dancing," Keaton admitted. "I let my mom handle all the technicalities and I just scream and yell when the scores come up."

Torgashev injured

Andrew Torgashev, the 2015 U.S. junior champion, is off the ice with an ankle injury, which he sustained during training in early June. A statement from his coaches said Torgashev is currently undergoing treatment and hopes to be back on the ice soon.

"As of right now, he is on a recovery plan. His recovery going very well," his mother and coach, Ilona Melnichenko, said. "He is very determined and doing everything to get back as soon as he can."

Torgashev, who turned 14 last month, won the junior title in Greensboro with 225.24 points, setting a new scoring record for the U.S. junior level.

Hamilton walks the runway for cancer

Scott Hamilton was the special guest at a June 25 fashion runway fundraiser for the Boston Medical Center, the annual Catwalk for BMC Cancer Care at the State Room in Boston. Kim Khazei of WHDH News was the emcee, and the fundraiser featured designers including Candice Wu Couture, Drea Designs Couture, Bryan Finocchio, Kinda Touma Fashion, Julie Kontos, Christina K. Pierce and Stephanie Raymond.

Hamilton and other cancer survivors walked the runway, along with guest models like WHDH reporter Janet Wu and NESN cohost Jenny Johnson.

"Cancer survivors come in many shapes and sizes, so walking the catwalk as a model was a first for me and many of the other survivors," Hamilton said over email. "It was a blast to dress up and strut my stuff for a great cause. I've earned titles in skating and life has handed me a few, but now I can finally add 'supermodel' to that long list!"

Hamilton is well-known for his ardent and committed support to the cause of cancer research and treatment.

"The Boston Medical Center (BMC) is special for many reasons," he went on. "My favorite one is that they treat patients who literally have nothing. And BMC also makes sure they're fed, have transportation to their treatments and anything else they need they can't get for themselves. They serve those in need and at risk during the most difficult time in their lives."

Hamilton has long supported others who are struggling with cancer.

"One of the other survivor/models was a man named Wayne who I will always remember," he said. "His personality and joyous spirit moved me, knowing how much pain he was in. He is facing this battle through his incredible faith in God and the knowledge that BMC is looking after his every need. His broad smile uplifted everyone."

Cappellini-Hotárek wedding

Anna Cappellini and Ondřej Hotárek were married June 20 in the bride's hometown of Breccia, near Como, Italy.

"We don't have bridesmaids and groomsmen in Italy, rather 'witnesses' of our vows in the church," said Cappellini, the 2014 world ice dance champion with partner Luca Lanotte. "Luca was among my witnesses and Michal Březina was one of Ondřej's."

After the ceremony, there was a day-long reception, attended by skaters Valentina Marchei (Hotárek's pairs partner) and Březina's fiancée, Danielle Montalbano. Tomáš Verner, Federica Testa and Lukáš Csölley, Federica Faiella and Luca Dematté were also present.


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