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FACES IN THE CROWD

Nov. 21, 2011
Nov. 21, 2011

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Nov. 21, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPECIAL REPORT: SCANDAL. SHAME. A SEARCH FOR ANSWERS.
PRO FOOTBALL
  • Remember the 49ers? After eight dismal years, the former glamour team has been reborn—as a band of blue-collar misfits led by an intense new coach and a roster full of NFL castoffs

PRO HOCKEY
PRO BASKETBALL
  • J.J. Barea, the breakout star of the NBA Finals, wants to get back to work. Until he does, he'll be hanging out with his girlfriend— a former Miss Universe—on the tropical island where he's a hero

HEY SIXTEEN
  • HAS A LOT ON HER MIND. THE YOUNGEST WINNER IN LPGA TOUR HISTORY HAS THE GAME, THE DRIVE AND THE CHARISMA TO BE THE NEXT MEGASTAR IN WOMEN'S GOLF. IF ONLY SHE COULD FIND A DATE TO THE PROM

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

MADDY CRAWFORD

This is an article from the Nov. 21, 2011 issue

MINNEAPOLIS > SOCCER

Maddy, a junior goalkeeper at The Blake School, had three straight shutouts in state tournament play, including 10 saves in the final to defeat Benilde--St. Margaret's 1--0 for the Class A title and her 16th clean sheet of the year. Named all-conference, Maddy allowed just eight goals in 1,690 minutes of play for a 21-1-0 season record. A former forward, she stood in for the Red Knights' injured keeper at states in 2009 and 2010, leading the team to second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

KYLE MCGIVNEY

APPLE RIVER, ILL. > FOOTBALL

McGivney, a 6'2", 220-pound senior linebacker and co-captain at Luther College, broke the NCAA Division III career-tackles record (531) in a 37--7 win over Cornell College. A 2010 All-America, he had nine tackles (eight solo), one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and one blocked kick to lead the Norse to the win. McGivney finished his career with 546 tackles, second alltime across all divisions. Last year he led the nation in tackles while setting the D-III single-season record (198).

CATHERINA LI

KENT, WASH. > GOLF

Catherina, a sophomore at Kentwood High, shot a red-tee course-record seven-under-par 64 at Gold Mountain Golf Club's Cascade course and a 66 the next day to win the South Puget Sound League 4A title by 14 strokes. In July she was the AJGA champion at Centennial in Medford, Ore., and the overall female champion at the Washington Junior Golf Association tournament at Walla Walla Country Club. She is No. 43 in the Polo Golf Rankings and is fifth in her class worldwide and third in the nation.

NICK ESTEVEZ

LA PUENTE, CALIF. > WATER POLO

Nick, a senior utility player and team captain at Nogales High, was named the Valle Vista League MVP after he helped the Nobles go undefeated in league play and defend their league title. He set school records for goals in a game (18) and in a career (583 through Sunday) and broke his own mark for goals in a season (224 through Sunday). In 2010, Nick led the program to its first CIF--Southern Section Division 7 title and was named all-area player of the year and first team all-division.

ALI CROCKER

AMHERST, MASS. > ORIENTEERING

Crocker, a 27-year-old astrophysicist at UMass-Amherst, competing with the Cambridge Sports Union, swept three women's open events at the U.S. individual orienteering championships (on foot), outside Boston. She won the sprint (19:32), middle-distance (40:26) and long-distance (1:17:16) events. At worlds in August, Crocker was one of four athletes to qualify for the finals in all three events, and in March she was eighth in the world ski-orienteering championships, the best American finish ever.

ALEX MANWARING

EAST LYME, CONN. > FOOTBALL

Alex, a 5'8", 175-pound senior running back and linebacker at Ledyard High, rushed for a school-record 317 yards on 31 carries, to reach the 1,000-yard mark, and scored three touchdowns in a 38--7 win over Bacon Academy. Two weeks later he had a season-high 46 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns in a 15--7 win over Waterford for the Eastern Connecticut Conference medium division title. Alex is the conference rushing leader, with 1,695 total yards through Sunday.

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DO THE WAVE

Big-wave surfer Garrett McNamara last week eclipsed the record for the largest ride, taming an estimated 90-foot break off Portugal's coast. "It popped out of nowhere," says McNamara, 44, of the wave. "And by the grace of God, I made it." Video of the feat was being reviewed by officials; if the measurement stands, McNamara is in some towering company:

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White House

Rock Center tree

Christ the Redeemer

BODYWORK

Pedal-Pushing Power

Carl Edwards on how he tunes up his own frame

NASCAR's Sprint Cup points leader knows it takes more than a heavy foot to be a champion. Strength can be key, and here Edwards shares an upper-leg workout (borrowed from a Missouri football friend) for wannabe drivers.

PULL UP A SEAT

Stand facing away from a chair. The closer the seat is to the floor, the more intense the workout.

RAISE 'EM HIGH

Stretch both arms and one leg in front of you to offset your body weight.

DOWN AND UP

Lower yourself onto the chair; then stand up again, using just the one leg. Do five sets with each leg.

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