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FACES IN THE CROWD

Sept. 26, 2011
Sept. 26, 2011

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Sept. 26, 2011

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

STEPHAN NEVILLE

This is an article from the Sept. 26, 2011 issue

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. > FOOTBALL

Neville, a senior All-America kick returner and cornerback at Stonehill College, set an NCAA Division II record with his ninth career kickoff return for a touchdown in a game against Pace, and was named the Northeast-10 conference special teams player of the week. He returned the ball 88 yards for the score in a 23--20 overtime loss. As of Sunday, Neville is averaging 31.0 yards on nine kickoff returns this season. He is one kickoff-return score shy of equaling the NCAA all-divisions record.

GRACE MIN

LAWRENCEVILLE, GA. > TENNIS

Grace, a senior at the USTA's Training Center in Boca Raton, Fla., upset top-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in straight sets (7--5, 7--6) to win the junior girls' singles title at the U.S. Open in New York City, the first American and first unseeded player to do so in three years. Ranked No. 24 among world juniors entering the Open, she defeated the No. 2 player in the first round and didn't drop a single set in her six matches. In July, she was one half of the junior doubles champion team at Wimbledon.

ZEKE GOSSETT

CROPWELL, ALA. > BASS FISHING

Zeke, a freshman at Pell City High won the Alabama state Bass Anglers Sportsman Society overall youth championship, taking the title with a three-fish limit weighing a total of 6.24 pounds at Lake Wheeler in Decatur. It was his fifth major youth tournament victory in four years. In July, Zeke won his second straight Alabama Sports Festival bass-fishing title, pulling in a five-fish limit weighing 9.92 pounds. Last year, he was named the festival's athlete of the year out of 4,000 contestants in all sports.

PAT GALLANT-CHARETTE

WESTBROOK, MAINE > OPEN-WATER SWIMMING

Gallant-Charette, a 60-year-old grandmother and nurse, became the oldest American woman to swim the English Channel, finishing in 15 hours and 57 minutes last month. It was her third attempt since 2008 to swim the 21 miles from Dover, England, to Cap Gris-Nez, France; factoring in currents, she covered a distance of 28 miles. Next month she will attempt to become the oldest woman in the world to swim California's 21-mile San Pedro Channel.

BOB PRICE

CHANTILLY, VA. > ROWING

Price, a 45-year-old IT consultant and president of the Washington, D.C.--based Potomac Boat Club, won gold in all six events that he entered at the Masters national championships on the Oklahoma River in Oklahoma City last month. His crew's wins helped his club, founded in 1869, win the men's team trophy for most overall points (360.5) for the first time in the organization's history. Price, a native of Windsor, N.Y., rowed at Syracuse University from 1984 to '88.

FRAN STRUB

CORALVILLE, IOWA > SOFTBALL

CAITLIN WNEK

AMANA, IOWA > SOFTBALL

Fran and Caitlin, seniors at Clear Creek Amana High, led the Clippers to a 43--2 record and the state title and were named Iowa's Class 3A players of the year. Fran batted .609 with 87 runs, 54 RBIs, 15 doubles, 13 triples, 12 homers and 52 stolen bases in 52 attempts. Caitlin batted .625 with 64 runs, 85 RBIs, 24 doubles, five triples and nine homers.

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HIGHLAND FLING

Bryan Clay of the U.S., the reigning Olympic decathlon champion, added a few new events to his repertoire last week when he took part in the Highland Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, as part of the USOC's Britain Bound program promoting the 2012 Olympics. Not one to skirt the issue, Clay tweeted, "Surprising how manly I feel in this," after trying his hand at the 56-pound weight toss.

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