Faces in the Crowd: April 13, 2015
Arike, a 5'9" senior guard at Divine Savior Holy Angels High, scored a state tournament record 55 points to lead the Dashers to an 86-76 overtime win over Middleton High in the Division I semifinals. She then scored 27 in a 64-29 championship win over D.C. Everest (Schofield) High. A three-time Wisconsin AP player of the year, Arike will play at Notre Dame.
Joel, a 6'2" senior guard at Lake George High, scored 30 points, including a trey with 1.6 seconds left, to lead the Warriors to a 53-50 win over Waterville High for the Class C state title. He ended his career with 2,615 points—No. 5 all time in New York—breaking the Section II record set by Jimmer Fredette in 2007. Joel will play at Maryland-Baltimore County.
Bailey, a senior at Northfield High, scored 39.05 points to become Minnesota's first gymnast to win three straight Class 2A all-around titles. She's also the first to score 39 or better twice in the state meet. (She had a 39.0875 in 2014.) Bailey, who is a three-time Class A state one-meter diving champion as well, will dive next year at Minnesota State-Mankato.
Zach, a senior righthander at Hamilton High, threw a seven-inning perfect game for a 3-0 win over Pinnacle (Phoenix) High. It was the first perfecto in Huskies history. Last season Zach had a 2.42 ERA and a 12-0 record, including an 8-4 victory over Mesquite (Gilbert) High for the Division I state championship. He will play at Yavapai College in Prescott.
Rachel, a junior at Cherry Creek High, won the Central Region title to qualify for the Colorado High School Climbing League championships, then took the state title by 201 points, with 6,373. The runner-up at last year's competition, Rachel;s wins capped a comeback from dislocating her right elbow in a 15-foot fall at states a freshman.
Stigler, a senior at Kansas, won the 400-meter hurdles at the Texas relays in 48.44 seconds, the best time in the world this year. His performance, which also set meet and school records, would have ranked in the top 10 in the world each of the last two years. Stigler was the NCAA runner-up in the event in 2013 and '14.