Future Game Changers
Beirne, who stands 6-foot-2 and 218 pounds, has since transferred to national power Christopher Columbus High in Miami, a program that has produced famous alumni including former NFL quarterback Brian Griese (Class of 1993) and Raiders cornerback Pat Lee (Class of 2003). A rising sophomore, Beirne will start next fall for the defending Class 8A district and regional champs.
"Hope Solo is the best goalkeeper in the world right now and if I want to be like her I have to keep reaching my own smaller goals," Campbell told U.S. Soccer's web site recently.
The daughter of a pair of former Navy pilots -- her father, Mike, flew in the Blue Angels -- the 17 year old has already committed to play at Stanford in the fall of 2013, when she graduates from the Darlington School.
Now 16, she has not shied away from increasingly complex tricks -- and has walked away with some hardware as a result. Gold initially planned to complete an easy run at the 2012 Youth Olympics before seeing her competitors pull some surprise tricks. In response, Gold opted to launch her best trick, a frontside 900, in what was essentially an audition. She didn't land the move cleanly, but she still won silver after showcasing a series of advanced tricks. This fall and winter, Gold will enter several Olympic qualifying events in advance of the 2014 Sochi Games.
Just 5-foot-3 and 95 pounds, Hendrickson claimed the first women's World Cup ski jumping title earlier this year after winning nine of the 13 World Cup events. She'll be eligible to compete at the 2014 Games as the International Olympic Committee has included ski jumping on its program. Hendrickson first tried ski jumping as a seven year old on a small K5 hill.
"She's just an amazing player," fellow junior golfer Casey Danielson recently told the
In addition to his performance on the gridiron, Kafentzis, 16, broke the Utah Class 5A record in the javelin in May with a throw of 190 feet.
Martinez verbally committed to USC at the end of his freshman season, but that likely won't stop a MLB team from drafting him early. If he wants to remain a catcher, however, going to college may not be a bad choice. Since 2005, just one high school catcher picked in the first round (Devin Mesoraco, the backup for the Reds) is currently in the big leagues at the postion (Others, such as Brandon Snyder and Brett Lawrie, were converted to infielders). College catchers selected in the first round have been far more successful. The post-2005 class of collegiate catchers includes Buster Posey, Matt Wieters, J.P. Arencibia and Jason Castro.
As a sophomore, Mitchell averaged 19.4 points, 3.9 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.9 steals, earning a First Team All-State selection. Despite her national praise, her father, Mark, insists it hasn't gone to her head yet.
"She said the ranking didn't mean anything to her," Mark told the
Just 14, Norman became the eighth swimmer in U.S. history under the age of 15 to break 16 minutes in the men's 1,500 freestyle. He accomplished that feat at the Missouri Grand Prix.
After dazzling as both running back and cornerback, Peppers transferred to nearby Paramus (N.J.) Catholic in February. His greatest asset might be his speed, as he set the New Jersey Non-Public Class A outdoor 100-meter dash record with a time of 10.77 seconds. The 16 year old already holds offers from several of the most prestigious college football programs in the country: Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina and UCLA.
In January, she took home the singles and doubles junior titles at the 2012 Australian Open, becoming the first American to accomplish a sweep at a Grand Slam since Lindsay Davenport at the 1992 U.S. Open. Townsend followed that up with a singles third-round and doubles semifinal finish at the French Open.
Following her impressive run, Townsend should be able to make good on her goal of cracking the Women's Tennis Association's Top 200 by season's end, when she conceivably will turn pro.
While Turner hasn't fully developed a perimeter game, she is a force in the paint and averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds at Manvel High last season. On the defensive end, Turner is a force. She averaged 4.7 blocks and recorded an eye-popping 15 blocks in a Feb. 21 victory over Wheatley (Texas) High.
With nine national titles under Wittlake's belt, it's no surprise that the 12 year old is garnering so much attention. Looking ahead, Wittlake hopes to become a four-time state champ in high school, attend Oregon State and become a four-time NCAA champ. He also has the Olympics in mind.
"I have big things ahead of me," he said.