Faces in the Crowd: January 11, 2016
Danny, a senior goalkeeper at Sunlake High, broke the 18-year-old national record for shutouts with his 75th clean sheet in an 8–0 win over Gulf High. Through Sunday he had extended the mark to 77. Danny, who has a 102–5–2 record over four years, has allowed just three goals this season for the 16–0-1 Seahawks, with 15 shutouts.
Lauren, a 6-foot senior outside hitter at Father Ryan High, had 30 kills and 19 digs in a 3–1 win over Briarcrest Christian School for the Division II-AA state title. She was named tournament MVP. The state's Gatorade player of the year, Lauren finished the season with a team-high 466 kills along with 314 digs and 46 blocks. She will play at Colorado.
Alex, a senior quarterback at New Palestine High, had 667 yards of total offense, including a state-title-game-record 501 yards passing, in a 64–61 loss to Snider High of Fort Wayne in the 5A final. He led an offense that set Indiana records for total yards (7,701) and points (854) in 2015, and had a 28–1 record over two seasons, with a 4A state title win in '14.
Emma, a senior midfielder at Upper St. Clair High, scored twice in a 2–1 win over previously unbeaten Central Bucks High East of Doylestown for the state 3A title. She had 19 goals and 25 assists to lead the Panthers to a 20–2–1 record and was named an All-America selection and the state player of the year. Emma has committed to Penn State.
Martinez, a sophomore at Illinois, won his 56th straight match (and 14th to open the season), an 11–5 decision over Joe Smith of Oklahoma State for the 157-pound title at the Reno Tournament of Champions. The defending NCAA champion at that weight, he was named the 2015 freshman of the year by InterMat and Amateur Wrestling.
Maile, a 5' 8" freshman middle hitter at Barrington High, had 14 kills and six digs in a 3–0 win over Cranston High West to lead the Eagles to a 19–0 finish and the Division II title, their first state championship in 19 years. Maile was named the tournament MVP and the D-II player of the year.