. Tess Fisher
Vineland, N.J. > Tennis
Tess, a Vineland High freshman, set a New Jersey single-season record for No. 1 singles players with 40 victories; she was unbeaten until falling 6-0, 6-1 to Rumson-Fair Haven High senior Kate Fahey in a state semifinal. Three days later Tess beat Grace Kim of Moorestown Friends 6–1, 6–3 to win the South Jersey Interscholastic Championships.
. Max Somple
Santa Cruz, Calif. > Water Polo
Max, a senior righthanded attacker at Soquel High, scored eight goals and had six steals in a 17-11 win over Carmel High that clinched the Monterey Bay League championship, the Knights’ 20th straight league title. He has a league-high 65 steals and 62 assists, and is third in goals with 128. Max was named a USA Water Polo Academic All-America in September.
. Samantha Ortega
Saugus, Calif. > Cross-country
Samantha, a senior at Saugus High, won her third straight Foothill League title, finishing the three-mile course in 17:13.82 to lead the Centurions to the championship. In September she won the 5K Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul (18:13.80). Last year Samantha was third in the state meet and finished 15th at the Foot Locker nationals.
. Gavin Yingling
Salisbury, Md. > Soccer
Yingling, a sophomore forward at Division III U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, scored golden goals in back-to-back double-overtime victories against Drew (2-1) and Scranton (2-1). He led the Landmark Conference in scoring with 16 points (seven goals, two assists) and was named the league’s offensive player of the year.
. Chelsea Laden
Lakeville, Minn. > Ice Hockey
Laden, a senior goaltender at Quinnipiac, had seven saves in a 3-0 victory over Cornell, earning her fifth of six shutouts in nine starts this season. With just three goals allowed through Sunday, she had the best save percentage (.970) and goals-against average (0.33) among Division I goalies who have started at least twice.
To nominate an individual for an upcoming edition of Faces in the Crowd, please email editor Alexandra Fenwick with a name, age, gender, hometown, sport, school and all relevant contact information, as well as a short summary of the athlete’s recent accomplishments.