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FACES IN THE CROWD

Dec. 12, 2011
Dec. 12, 2011

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Dec. 12, 2011

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
  • How big was Tiger's victory at the Chevron? Can Luke Donald hang on to No. 1? Who's most likely to become the top American? How do the major venues rate, and who will win the four championships?

  • Great majors, a new No. 1, LPGA dominance, an old school fight for the money title and the rediscovery of a vintage track too tough to die made 2011 a terrific year in golf

  • The game will long remember Europe's leading light, a pioneering woman and a television innovator

Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR / SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR
SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1981
SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR, 1976
  • A couple of recent divorces have dusted up the Girl Next Door, but as always she will never sit back and accept defeat

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR, 1982
  • A man can gather plenty of insight on the road from boy wonder to senior statesman for the sport he loves

PRO FOOTBALL
  • The Patriots' defense, built from spare parts, castoffs and converted receivers, ranks dead last in the NFL, and yet New England is once again cruising to the playoffs. The real test is yet to come

SPECIAL REPORT
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
BASEBALL
  • In 136 major league seasons, there's never been a more dizzyingly dramatic day than Sept. 28, 2011. The Red Sox and the Braves may disagree, but for everyone else it's a date that will live in ecstasy

PRO HOCKEY
  • With the club slumping and captain Alex Ovechkin seemingly checked out, the Capitals dumped their coach. Now one of the NHL's superstars isn't just struggling to rediscover his game, but he's also trying to shed an ugly label

  • The NHL's coaching carousel began to go 'round in earnest last week, with three jobs turning over in a four-day stretch. Besides the departure of Bruce Boudreau and the arrival of Dale Hunter in Washington, D.C., here's the lowdown on what went wrong and what to expect from here on in

COLLEGE BASKETBALL
WALTER IOOSS JR.
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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

JOSEPH SADLER

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

DEVINE, TEXAS > FOOTBALL

Joseph, a senior running back, cornerback, kicker and punter at Devine High, scored 50 points in a 56--42 Class 3A regional playoff win over Wharton High to break the Texas single-season record, set in 1953 by Sugar Land's Ken Hall (395). He had seven touchdowns, kicked six extra points and scored on a two-point conversion to reach 441. This year he had 451 points, two points short of the alltime mark, and rushed for 3,887 yards, most in the nation for the season.

ALICIA OGOMS

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA > VOLLEYBALL

Alicia, a 6'5" senior middle blocker and team captain at St. Mary's Academy, had a 49% kill percentage to lead the Flames to the program's first 4A provincial title with a win over Crocus Plains (25--17, 23--25, 25--22, 19--25, 15--13). Alicia, who was named championship game MVP, led the team this season in attacks (996), kills (487), blocks (171) and aces (77) and was named All-Manitoba. She is ranked No. 1 in the province by sportswriters and coaches and will play at USC next year.

TANNER TROSIN

FOLSOM, CALIF. > FOOTBALL

Tanner, a senior quarterback at Folsom High, threw for 407 yards and four touchdowns (including a 99-yard TD pass) in a 39--35 Northern Section Division II championship loss to Vacaville, making him the first player in state history to eclipse 5,000 passing yards in a single season (5,185). He also rushed for 101 yards and a score, which made him the state's alltime single season all-purpose-yards leader, with 6,364. In September he threw for a Northern California single-game-record 601 yards.

LAUREN STEPHENSON

LEXINGTON, S.C. > GOLF

Lauren, a freshman at Lexington High, shot back-to-back 66s for a two-day total of 132 to win the 14- to 18-year-old girls' division and set tournament and course records at the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Players Championship at Hartsville Country Club. A member of the Lexington varsity team since seventh grade, she helped the Wildcats to their seventh straight state title last year and was the individual runner-up this fall. She is ranked second in the state in her age group.

JEAN PIERRE (JP) ELOFF

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA > RUGBY

Eloff, a sophomore center at Davenport (Mich.) University, led the Panthers with 106 points this fall to help them finish with a 7--0 record and a No. 1 USA Rugby Division I-AA ranking from Rugby Magazine. In the team's first season at the D-I level last spring, Eloff scored 13 tries, led the Panthers in conversions (37) and penalty goals (11) for a team-high 172 points, including 25 in a 38--19 win over UC Santa Barbara for the program's first national championship, and was named tournament MVP.

JENNIFER ALBUJA

UNION CITY, N.J. > SOCCER

Albuja, a senior striker at New Jersey City University, netted a first-half hat trick and added an assist to break the 200 career point mark in a 6--0 win over the College of Staten Island in the Eastern College Athletic Conference quarterfinals. She finished her college career with eight alltime records for the Gothic Knights, including 203 points and 91 goals (25th in Division III history). She scored at least 25 goals for the second time in her career, and was named all-NJAC for the fourth time.

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PHOTODEBI PETTY (SADLER)PHOTOBRENDA WESTWOOD (OGOMS)PHOTOKEVIN GRAY/VISUAL SPORTS (TROSIN)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE STEPHENSON FAMILY (STEPHENSON)PHOTOAARON SAGRAVES/DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS (ELOFF)PHOTOIRA THOR/NJCU SPORTS INFORMATION (ALBUJA)