Faces in the Crowd: March 21, 2016
Ronel, a senior at Shaker High, broke New York's oldest boys' indoor record with a 51' 6" triple jump on his final attempt at the Eastern States Championships. The previous mark (50' 7.25") was set in 1991. The defending Section II champ in the outdoor triple. Ronel gained 855 yards on 10.4 per carry with 13 touchdowns as a running back last season.
Shawnie, a 5' 5" sophomore point guard at Dayton High, had a triple double (12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists) in a 56–42 win over Amity High in the Class 3A final for a repeat state title. She was named the state tournament MVP. Shawnie, who averaged 14.1 points this season, was the 3A player of the year in 2014-15.
Nick, a senior at Bergen Catholic in Oradell, won his fourth state title, defeating Ty Agaisse of the Delbarton School 3–1 in the 126-pound final. Nick finished the season with a 42–0 record and was unbeaten in his high school career (159–0). Ranked No. 1 nationally in his weight class, he will wrestle at Penn State.
Saleen, a sophomore at A.C. Jones High, pitched a shutout and homered in a 4–0 win over Cedar Park High. Last year she led the Trojans to a Class 4A District 31 title with an 0.63 ERA and a .286 batting average, and was named the district co-MVP. Saleen also helped her Austin-based Impact Gold club team take the Triple Crown Southern national title.
Fields, a sophomore attacker at Albany, had four goals and two assists in a 12–8 win over Cornell; three days later he had another six points (three goals, three assists) in a 16–4 victory over UMass to surpass the century mark in career points, with 105. Last season he scored a D-I freshman-record 66 goals and was named America East's rookie of the year.
Hauger, a freshman at Cal, beat Florida's Brianna Morgan 4–6, 7–5, 6–4, spearheading a 4–3 win to tie the school's best start (10–0, now 12–0). She was named Most Outstanding Player at the ITA national indoor championship after clinching Cal's 4–3 defeat of defending champ North Carolina with a three-set victory over Marika Akkerman.