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FACES IN THE CROWD

Sept. 12, 2011
Sept. 12, 2011

Table of Contents
Sept. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
TEN YEARS
  • The games we watched played a substantial role in fostering a return to normalcy after 9/11. In the decade since the attack, with two wars still raging, sports still provide comfort—but they have also inspired, united and reminded

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • The Braves' three-headed relief monster—two parts lefty, one part Rookie of the Year front-runner, 100% filthy—has made life historically brutish and short for hitters. Now all the trio needs is a worthy nickname

TRACK AND FIELD
PRO BASKETBALL
  • No one loves the game more than the Mercury guard, a leading contender for WNBA MVP, but even she didn't understand what hoops meant to her until a string of harrowing events threatened to derail her career

TCU Coach GARY PATTERSON
  • Twenty-five years ago TCU coach Gary Patterson was a tumbleweed assistant clinging to a Division II job. No one expected he would rise to the top of his profession—not even the author, who lived with him then

POINT AFTER
Departments

FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

GEHRIG DIETER SOUTH BEND > FOOTBALL

This is an article from the Sept. 12, 2011 issue

Gehrig, a senior wide receiver and safety at Washington High, caught 12 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns to break the national single-game receiving-yardage record (421) in a 63--10 win over Elkhart Central. He also returned an interception 46 yards for a score. In the season opener, a 46--23 victory over Bloomington North, he had 373 yards to break the Indiana state receiving-yardage record. Last year Gehrig led the team in receptions (48), receiving yards (988) and TDs (11).

MONICA GONYO NEW BERLIN, WIS. > SOCCER

Gonyo, a freshman at Loyola University of Chicago, had five total saves in 1--0 victories over Bowling Green and Gonzaga to give the Ramblers season-opening back-to-back shutouts for the first time in school history. In July she won the Golden Glove award at the U.S. Youth Soccer tournament after leading the FC Milwaukee under-18 club to the national title. In her junior year at Catholic Memorial High, she had a school-record 20 shutouts and helped carry the team to the Division II state title.

JESSICA RADMILOVIC PINE GROVE, CALIF. > SEATED WATERSKIING

Radmilovic, a 25-year-old graduate student studying recreation therapy at Sacramento State, won five medals in the women's MP2 category at the Disabled Water Ski World Championships to help the U.S. to its second straight team gold. Radmilovic, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a snowboarding accident at age 16, won gold in the women's seated slalom—setting an MP2 world record—and silver in seated tricks, jumping and overall, as well as in the tournament overall.

MIA CROONQUIST VASHON, WASH. > ROWING

Mia, a 15-year-old sophomore at Vashon Island High who is attending Hawaii Preparatory Academy, became the youngest U.S. girl ever to compete at the world championships, winning gold with the national junior women's team in Eton, England, last month. With Mia in the number 2 seat, her four-woman boat finished in 6:48.77 to edge the host country by 1.76 seconds. In June her high school team finished second in the quadruple sculls at youth nationals.

STEELE JOHNSON CARMEL, IND. > DIVING

Steele, a sophomore at Laurel Springs, won gold medals in four of five events at junior nationals in Knoxville, Tenn., to become a 10-time national champion and earn a spot on the U.S. team at this week's Junior Pan-Americans. He won individual gold in the three-meter and platform events and paired with Dashiell Enos to win the synchronized three-meter and platform. A week later he was the youngest diver at nationals to advance to the men's individual platform finals, finishing sixth.

COURTNEY BERGER STRATFORD, N.J. > ROWING

LOUIS DAY HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. > TRACK AND FIELD

Berger, a sophomore coxswain at Nova Southeastern, and Day, a junior weight thrower at South Carolina, won the NCAA's sportsmanship awards. Berger climbed into a boat to assist a competitor having trouble breathing at the SIRA regatta. Day spoke up after officials awarded him two extra meters on a throw at the SEC indoor championships.

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DRIVE TIME

Dale Earnhardt Jr. joined Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, taking over the seat held by Kyle Busch. Clearly, team owner Rick Hendrick has no regrets about the move—last week he signed Earnhardt (right) to a five-year extension—but a glance at the two drivers' Sprint Cup results in the years since suggest it wasn't exactly an upgrade.

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EarnhardtBusch
132RACES132
1WINS19
18TOP 5s49
38TOP 10s67
PHOTOJOSE CARLOS FAJARDO/CONTRA COSTA TIMES/MCT/LANDOV (EARNHARDT JR.)PHOTOMCDONALD STUDIO (DIETER)PHOTOSTEVE WOLTMANN (GONYO)PHOTOCHUCK NADEAU (RADMILOVIC)PHOTOSAGE MORGAN (CROONQUIST)PHOTOJILL JOHNSON (JOHNSON)PHOTOJ.C. RIDLEY (BERGER)PHOTOUNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA MEDIA RELATIONS (DAY)