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FACES IN THE CROWD

Oct. 03, 2011
Oct. 03, 2011

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Oct. 3, 2011

GOLF PLUS
LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
MLB PLAYOFF PREVIEW
PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Bills are a shocking 3--0—take that, Pats!—thanks to a Harvard-bred quarterback and a spirit of togetherness that reflects their city

PRO HOCKEY
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
WALTER PAYTON
  • One of the game's true icons, a player so esteemed that the NFL's Man of the Year Award bears his name, Walter Payton retired in 1988 as pro football's alltime leading rusher. But even to those closest to him, he had always been an enigma, and in his final years the mysteries deepened

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

GYASI ZARDES

This is an article from the Oct. 3, 2011 issue

HAWTHORNE, CALIF. > SOCCER

Zardes, a redshirt sophomore forward at Cal State--Bakersfield, scored hat tricks in three games for the undefeated Roadrunners, 5--1 over UC Riverside, 3--1 over San Francisco and 4--1 over Gonzaga. He also had two goals in a 2--2 tie with Cal State--Northridge, for a total of 11 goals this season. Through Saturday, Zardes led NCAA D-I soccer in points (3.8) and goals per game (1.8). Last season he was named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation newcomer of the year.

AMANDA JONES

EL DORADO HILLS, CALIF. > WATER POLO

Amanda, a captain at Oak Ridge High who plays the hole set position, scored eight goals in the first game of the season, a 12--9 win over Oakmont High, to break the school record for goals in a game. She then scored a combined 12 goals over her next two games. Last year Amanda set the school record for season goals (83) and became the Trojans' alltime scorer, male or female, with her 131st goal. Through Sunday she has 64 goals for the season and 198 for her career.

HAYDEN BURNETT

RICHARDSON, TEXAS > FOOTBALL

Hayden, a senior quarterback and kicker at Garland Christian Academy, led the Swordsmen to their best start in program history (4--0) with a 28--0 win over Temple Christian. Through Sunday his league-leading total offense includes 1,298 passing yards (with 14 touchdown passes and four interceptions) and 786 rushing yards (with 11 touchdowns). He has also converted 14 of his 18 extra-point attempts. Last year Hayden was named district MVP and academic all-state in football and basketball.

TRACY COPELAND

RENO > TRIATHLON

Copeland, a 47-year-old accounting manager, won six gold medals and was named Outstanding Female Athlete at the World Transplant Games in G√∂teborg, Sweden. She won her 40--49 age group's 3K run, team 3K run, 5K cycling time trials, 20K cycling road race and 1,500-meter run and was the top female finisher in the virtual triathlon—a composite of the 3K run, 20K bike race and 400-meter swim. Copeland had a liver transplant in 1998. Her donor's family has joined her at four U.S. Transplant Games.

DAN MARINO

WEST CORNWALL, CONN. > FLY-FISHING

Marino, a freshman at UConn, won individual silver at the FIPS-Mouche youth world fly-fishing championship on the Tiber River in Sansepolcro, Italy, to lead the six-member U.S. squad to team gold. They defeated 10 countries for the first team title, youth or adult, in U.S. fly-fishing history. Marino caught 55 trout, the longest measuring 42 cm (16.5"), for 36,380 points. The team caught a total of 217 trout and grayling to outdistance runner-up Italy's 184 fish.

ANDREA MARSH

PANAMA, N.Y. > FOOTBALL

Andrea, a 5'8", 145-pound senior defensive back and a team captain at Panama Central, had two interceptions in a 33--22 win over division rival Clymer Central, including a pick on the game's last play. Through Sunday the two-year defensive starter and backup wide receiver shared the team lead in interceptions (three) and had 26 tackles to help the Panthers to a 3--1 start. Last year she finished the season with 55 tackles and two fumble recoveries. She's the only female starter in her division's eight teams.

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UNLEASHED

Among the 52 four-legged competitors at the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge nationals outside St. Louis this weekend will be Vhoebe, who in June set the world record in the diving-for-distance event. Here's how the 3-year-old Belgian Malinois's mark compares with the 1991 record of Mike Powell, top dog among human long jumpers. Heel!

Powell 29'43/8"

Vhoebe 31'5"

PHOTOMIKE POWELL/GETTY IMAGES (POWELL)PHOTOCOURTESY OF PURINA INCREDIBLE DOG CHALLENGE (VHOEBE)PHOTOCSU BAKERSFIELD ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS (ZARDES)PHOTODIANE DA SILVA (JONES)PHOTOJOEL BERRY (BURNETT)PHOTOGLEN COPELAND (COPELAND)PHOTOSAM MARINO (MARINO)PHOTODEB BAILEY (MARSH)