Faces in the Crowd: March 16, 2015

Tuesday March 17th, 2015

    Anthony Juckes
    Farmington, N.M. > Wrestling
    Anthony, a senior at Piedra Vista High, won his fifth state title, pinning Jerry Robinson of Belen High for the 145-pound championship. (His first came as an eighth-grader, at 103 pounds.) His victory clinched the Class 5A title for the Panthers, making Anthony the first New Mexico wrestler to earn five team and five individual championships.

    Jackie Young
    Princeton, Ind. > Basketball
    Jackie, a 6-foot junior guard at Princeton Community High, scored 36 points in a 72-44 win over Tippecanoe Valley to become the first Indiana girl to surpass the 1,000-point milestone for a season, and lead the Tigers to their first 3A state title. She averaged 32.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this season and has verbally committed to Notre Dame.

    Cameron Thatcher
    Powell, Ohio > Diving
    Cameron, a junior at Olentangy Liberty High, broke the state one-meter record by 38.05, scoring 650.85 at the CSG Invitational. He also won the Division I state title with a state-meet-record 630.90 points. Last September, Cameron and teammate Jordan Windle were fifth in the three-meter synchronized event at the junior worlds in Penza, Russia.

    Carissa Yip
    Andover, Mass. > Chess
    Carissa, a sixth-grader at Doherty Middle School, went unbeaten at the Legends of Chess tournament at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge to become the youngest U.S. girl (11 years, five months and 18 days) to reach national master status. She defeated master Chris Williams in the last round to push her rating past 2,200.

    Michael Lihrman
    Rice Lake, Wis. > Track and Field
    Lihrman, a senior at Wisconsin, won his second straight Big Ten indoor weight throw title with an NCAA record heave of 83' 11.25". His throw was the second-best ever by an American indoors and ranks No. 3 in the world. The defending Division I collegiate weight throw champ, Lihrman was third in the hammer at last year's NCAA outdoor championships.

    Sarah Thompson
    Evanston, Ill. > Swimming
    Thompson, a senior at Williams, lifted the Ephs to the NESCAC title and was named swimmer of the meet for the second straight year. She won three events: the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.25), the 500 free (4:56.40) and the 1,650 (a conference meet record 16:53.55). Thompson also led Williams to four relay titles and won the Four-Year High Point Award.

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