Faces in the Crowd: Dec. 15, 2014
Malik, a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard at Callaway High, scored 27 points for the three-time defending 5A champion in a 54-48 win over Georgia's reigning 5A champ, Miller Grove High, at the Lighthouse Classic
Kelly, a senior righthander at Pope High, threw her seventh no-hitter of the season, striking out 16 for a 4-0 victory over Hillgrove High in the Class 6A championship game. She became the first pitcher in Georgia history to surpass 500 K's in a season, whiffing 534 over 226 innings. Kelly, who will play at Florida, had a 29-5 record and an 0.59 ERA.
Taylor, a homeschooled junior, defeated Yunseong Chung of South Korea 7-6 (20, 6-3 at the 21st annual Osaka Mayor's Cup-World Super Junior Tennis Championships in Japan for his first international junior title. In July, Taylor reached the semifinals of the Wimbledon junior championships. He is ranked fifth in the U.S. among boys 18 and under.
Pearl, a 5-foot-8 junior hitter, had 34 kills in a 3-2 victory over Central Union High that clinched the San Diego Section Division IV championship. The program hadn't won a playoff game in its 42-year history before the tournament began. Pearl finished the season with an Imperial Valley League-leading 417 kills, .432 hitting percentage and 70 aces.
Buckley, a senior quarterback at the University of Calgary, became the first player to win the Hec Crighton Trophy -- Canada's Heisman Trophy equivalent -- and the Russ Jackson Award, for academics and citizenship, in the same year. His 10.6 yards per carry topped all QBs, and the Dinos led the nation in points (419), TDs (51) and total offense (5,082).
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