Faces in the Crowd: Feb. 9-16, 2015
Natalie, a 6-foot-1 junior guard at Plano West Senior High, had 30 points and nine rebounds to lead the Wolves in a 64-49 win over District 6-6A rivals Plano High. Last season she averaged 17.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks to help her team reach the state finals. Natalie was a member of the U.S.'s gold medal team at the under-17 worlds last summer.
Andrew, an eighth-grader at North Broward Prep who competes for the Panthers Figure Skating Club, won the junior men's national title in Greensboro, N.C., with a U.S. junior record 225.24 points. The youngest skater in the division at 13, he won both the free skate and the short program. Andrew will compete at junior worlds in Estonia next month.
Taylor, a senior at New Hampshire, won the 5K freestyle over a field of 103 by 14.7 seconds in 14:09.8 and the 10K classic over a field of 99 by 24 seconds in 32:36.3 at the University of Vermont Carnival in Stowe. A dust citizen, she competed for Great Britain in the under-23 worlds in 2014 and qualified again for the event in Kazakhstan this year.
Tyler, a 6-foot-5 guard at Maranatha High, scored a career-high 49 points in a 71-59 victory over Centennial High, the No. 4 team in Nevada, at the Pangos Dream Classic in Las Vegas. Last season, at St. John Bosco High, he led the program to its first CIF Division 2 state championship. Tyler was averaging 34.0 points through Sunday.
Payne, a senior at Stephen F. Austin State, set a collegiate indoor pole vault record for the second week in a row, clearing 15 feet, 7 inches at the University of New Mexico Lobo Open in Albuquerque to win by 13 inches. The mark moved her to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. indoor list. A week earlier she broke the NCAA record with a vault of 15 feet, 2.75 inches.
Hagerty, a junior at Maryville in St. Louis and top-ranked in Division II at 149 pounds, beat Andrew Bannister of Notre Dame (Ohio) College 7-3 to help the Saints upset the defending national champions at the NWCA National Duals in Fort Wayne, Ind. In his first match of the season, Hagerty beat the reigning 149-pound national titlist.