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FACES IN THE CROWD

Nov. 14, 2011
Nov. 14, 2011

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Nov. 14, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LSU-ALABAMA
PRO FOOTBALL
  • As the sidelined Peyton Manning looks on in dismay, the winless Colts are enduring a disastrous season that could put them in position to draft ... his successor. A team and a town are conflicted.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW
DEWAYNE DEDMON
POINT AFTER
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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

AKILE JONES

This is an article from the Nov. 14, 2011 issue

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. > FOOTBALL

Akile, a 5'8", 150-pound senior running back at LeJeune High, rushed for 490 yards and six touchdowns in 35 carries to set the North Carolina single-game rushing record and surpass the 2,000-yard season rushing mark in a 47--30 win over Dixon High. The LeJeune High Devilpups are all children of active duty U.S. Marines, and this is the first year since Akile was a freshman that his father, Gunnery Sgt. Hal Jones, previously deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been able to watch his son play.

SARAH BAXTER

SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. > CROSS-COUNTRY

Sarah, a sophomore at Simi Valley High, ran the fastest girls' time at the 3-mile Mt. SAC Invitational (16:59) to repeat as individual champion and lead the Pioneers to the Divisions I and II team sweepstakes title. The reigning D-I champion, Sarah took the lead after the halfway point to win by 32 seconds. Last year she was named Gatorade's California girls cross-country runner of the year and also won the 3,200-meter track title with the season's top girls' time in the state and fifth in the nation (10:13).

EVAN LARATTA

GAITHERSBURG, MD. > CROSS-COUNTRY

Evan, a senior and co-captain at Quince Orchard High, ran a 16:00.82 to win the Montgomery County Championship 5K at Gaithersburg Farm Park for a personal record and his first-ever major varsity win. He dedicated his race to his mother, Judy, who is fighting cancer that has spread to her bones. She watched from the finish line as Evan pulled away from the race leaders with about 1,000 meters left after he heard his coach yell out, "Do it for your mother," and won by nearly nine seconds.

GRACE NA

ALAMEDA, CALIF. > GOLF

Na, a sophomore at Pepperdine, shot a nine-under 63 in the first round of the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown to tie an NCAA Division I record, and then went on to shoot a 72 and a 74 to win the tournament by two strokes for her second career victory. Her nine-under round (a record she now shares with four other female D-I golfers) included nine birdies and no bogeys. Na won the West Coast Conference championship as a freshman last year and was named the WCC player of the year.

OSTIN MCPHERSON

MOBILE > FOOTBALL

Ostin, an eighth-grade tailback at St. Paul's Episcopal School, ran 27 times for 205 yards and three scores in his first-ever varsity start, a 36--6 win over archrival UMS-Wright Prep. He had been used only in spot duty in eight of the Saints' first 10 games and was brought in after starter Jordan Huff suffered a season-ending knee injury. The 5'7", 156-pound Ostin, who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, has 118 carries for 747 yards and eight touchdowns, as well as one kickoff returned for a score, through Sunday.

LAUREN BELLINGER | SARAH STEIN

COLUMBUS, OHIO > TENNIS

Lauren (far left) and Sarah, juniors at Dublin Jerome High, capped off an undefeated season with a 4--0 run at the state Division I doubles championship, coming back after losing the first set of their final match to defeat Watterson High's Lauren Ghidotti and Katie Shepherd 0--6, 6--4, 7--6 (7--4) for the title. The next day Sarah won the second singles finals match to help the Celtics (22--0) to their first team title.

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RINGTONES

Brooklyn guitarist Dave Mena isn't a boxing fan, but after watching a few YouTube clips at a friend's urging, he found musical motivation in an unlikely source: Mike Tyson. Cobbling together lyrics from the pugilist's long history of often-nonsensical ramblings (the chorus employs the 2002 malapropism, "I guess I'll fade into Bolivian"), Mena, 28, had his first Web hit, aptly titled Mike Tyson Quotes: The Song. "It was meant as a tribute," Mena says of the tune, which can be downloaded at justdavemusic.bandcamp.com, "not to poke fun at him. So here's to Mike Tyson."

BODYWORK

Goal-Oriented

A former MLS Cup MVP keeper points the way to net gains

See the ball, stop the ball. Simple stuff? Hardly. On the eve of the MLS Cup, a former title game MVP, Real Salt Lake goalie Nick Rimando (who lost on Sunday to L.A. in the semis), shares an exercise he uses to improve hand-eye coordination and quickness while working his core.

PUSH-UP POSITION

With arms locked in an "up" push-up position, begin by having a partner toss a ball toward one hand, here caught in the right palm.

SWITCH IT UP

Maintaining the push-up position, flip the ball from one hand to the other, here to the left. Rimando stresses: Don't cheat; keep your core tight.

RETURN FIRE

Toss the ball back to your partner without moving your feet and repeat the exercise for at least 20 sets, beginning each with the opposite hand.

THREE ILLUSTRATIONSJASON LEE (ILLUSTRATIONS)PHOTOLUCA BRUNO/AP (TYSON)PHOTODON BRYAN/JACKSONVILLE (N.C.) DAILY NEWS (JONES)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE BAXTER FAMILY (BAXTER)PHOTOCOURTESY OF SEANN PELKEY (LARATTA)PHOTORON HALL/PEPPERDINE UNIVERSITY (NA)PHOTOM&A STUDIOS (MCPHERSON)PHOTOCOURTESY OF TYLER STEPHEN (BELLINGER)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE STEIN FAMILY (STEIN)