Rhi Jeffrey, DELRAY BEACH, FLA.
Rhi, an Atlantic High junior, broke the oldest standing national
high school swim record when she swam 1:45.49 in the 200-yard
freestyle at the state 2A championships. The old mark had stood
since 1982. Rhi is undefeated in three trips to the state finals.
Alex Maslow, CHARLOTTE
Maslow, a Furman sophomore goaltender, led a defense that set an
NCAA record with 11 straight shutouts. The Paladins dedicated
their season to Gray Griffin, a freshman starting sweeper, who
died in a car accident on Oct. 11.
Helen Klein, RANCHO CORDOVA, CALIF.
Klein, 80, ran the California International Marathon in 4:31.32,
setting a world record by almost 40 minutes for the 80plus age
group. The former ER nurse has run 59 marathons and 136
ultramarathons; she completed her first marathon at age 57.
Erin Deffenbaugh, STRASBURG, COLO.
Deffenbaugh, a University of Northern Colorado junior outside
hitter, led Division II with a 6.11 kills-per-game average and
set 10 school records, including those for kills in a match,
season and career. She was named Division II's player of the
December 30, 2002
Tracy Truckey, GREEN BAY
Truckey, a Wisconsin--Stevens Point freshman, scored a hat trick,
including the tying goal with seven seconds left in regulation
and the game-winning goal in overtime, versus St. Olaf. She leads
Division III freshmen in scoring with 13 goals and 11 assists.
John Herrington, FARMINGTON HILLS, MICH.
Herrington, 62, coach of Farmington Hills Harrison High, won his
300th game and was named 2002's national coach of the year by the
National Federation Coaches Association. Herrington has won 12
state titles, and his career record is 307611.
Leigh Sulkowski, UPPER SAINT CLAIR, PA.
Sulkowski, a Washington & Jefferson College freshman guard,
scored 34 points on 15-of-22 shooting to be named MVP of the
Bethany Classic; it was her second tournament MVP this season.
She is shooting 61% and averaging 23.3 points per game.
If you want to submit a candidate for Faces in the Crowd, go to