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FACES IN THE CROWD

April 23, 2012
April 23, 2012

Table of Contents
April 23, 2012

LEADING OFF
GOLF PLUS
Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
THE MAIL
EDITOR'S LETTER
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
NFL DRAFT PREVIEW
  • ECHOES OF '98 ABOUND AS THE FOOTBALL WORLD WEIGHS THE MERITS OF THE QUARTERBACK PAIR CERTAIN TO BE TAKEN AT THE TOP ON APRIL 26. Like PEYTON MANNING AND RYAN LEAF 14 YEARS AGO, ANDREW LUCK AND ROBERT GRIFFIN III WILL BE FOREVER LINKED AS COSTARS IN A DRAFT THAT WILL SHAPE THE FATES OF TWO FRANCHISES

  • In drafting wide receivers, Calvin Johnson—towering, muscular and superbly athletic—is the new model. But where are the corners who can neutralize such a weapon?

BASEBALL
SPRING FOOTBALL
SOCCER
  • He's spent 15 years at the top of the game and is set to play in his record 300th straight Premier League match. Yes, Brad Friedel is the Cal Ripken of English football, and he's 100% American—except for that accent

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

SHELBI VAUGHAN

This is an article from the April 23, 2012 issue

MANSFIELD, TEXAS > TRACK AND FIELD

Shelbi, a senior at Mansfield Legacy High, set a national discus record (191'6") at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays on March 30, shattering her personal best of 176'9", established just a week earlier. She also won the meet's shot put event (48'11"). The defending 5A state discus champ, she won gold at the junior Pan American Games (174'3") last summer. Shelbi, who will attend Texas A&M on a volleyball scholarship, led the Broncos in kills (579), blocks (70) and aces (51) last fall.

COLIN FRIEDMAN

SANTA FE > BASEBALL

Colin, a senior at St. Michael's, pitched a perfect game for his third consecutive no-hitter, a state record, to lead the Horsemen to a 3--0 win over Pojoaque Valley. The righthander threw 77 pitches (61 strikes) over seven innings, fanning 12 and extending his hitless streak to 18 innings. He started his tear 11 days earlier with a no-hitter against Raton High (six innings, 7--0), followed by another against Bloomfield High (five innings, 10--0). Through Sunday he has an 0.78 ERA.

CORTNEY FORTUNATO

NORTHPORT, N.Y. > LACROSSE

Cortney, a junior attacker at Northport High, had a career-high 10 goals and added two assists in a 22--8 win over Commack. A varsity player since seventh grade, she scored the winning goal last year at the Class A state championship with 1.3 seconds left in double overtime for the Tigers' first title. Through Sunday she leads the team with 26 goals and 13 assists. In August she was the youngest member and lead scorer of the world champion U-19 national team with 34 points in eight games.

STEELE STANWICK

BALTIMORE > LACROSSE

Stanwick, a senior attacker at Virginia, led the Cavaliers with three goals and four assists in a 15--10 win over North Carolina for his fourth seven-plus-point game this season. He leads the nation in assists (3.25 per game) and is fourth in points (4.75) through Sunday, and he is the 46th NCAA D-I player to reach the century mark in both career goals and assists. Stanwick won college lacrosse's highest honor, the Tewaaraton Trophy, last year after leading Virginia to the NCAA title.

MICHELLE MOULTRIE

JACKSONVILLE > SOFTBALL

Moultrie, a senior centerfielder at Florida, led the Gators to a three-game sweep over Arkansas, going 8 for 11, with three doubles and two homers. In 2011 she led all players at the Women's College World Series in hits, doubles, homers, total bases and stolen bases to be named co--Most Outstanding Player, and she helped Team USA win gold at both the World Cup of Softball and Pan American Games. Florida's career stolen bases leader (78), she's a finalist for USA Softball's college player of the year.

TYLER PENNEL

GOLDEN, COLO. > TRACK AND FIELD

Pennel, a senior at Western State College, ran an NCAA season-best 28:23.54 in the 10,000-meters at the Stanford Invitational for the fifth fastest time in the world so far this year. His performance, nearly 16 seconds ahead of the No. 2 collegiate time, met the Olympic Trials B standard and earned him recognition from the Bowerman Award, given to the NCAA's top track and field athlete of the year. Pennel was the D-II cross-country runner-up last fall to help the Mountaineers to the national title.

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BOSTON BAKED

The warning went out on the eve of Monday's 116th Boston Marathon: If you can't stand the heat, stay off the course. With temperatures predicted to climb into the 80s, organizers offered any in the field of 26,716 registered runners the option to defer their entry until 2013 and urged those who chose to run to slow their pace. In the end, some 22,426 set out on the historic 26.2-mile route. With the temperature peaking at a record 87°, nearly 2,000 runners wound up needing some level of medical attention. The day took its toll even on the elite. Kenya-born U.S. resident Wesley Korir (right) took first in 2:12:40, the second-slowest winning time since 1985, while countryman Geoffrey Mutai, whose 2:03:02 in 2011 was the fastest marathon ever, wilted and dropped out at 18 miles.

PHOTOELISE AMENDOLA/AP (KORIR)PHOTOTOP OF TEXAS PHOTOGRAPHY (VAUGHAN)PHOTOMIKE LARA (FRIEDMAN)PHOTOJOHN STROHSACKER/LAXPHOTOS.COM (FORTUNATO)PHOTOVIRGINIA ATHLETICS MEDIA RELATIONS (STANWICK)PHOTOJIM BURGESS/UAA COMMUNICATIONS (MOULTRIE)PHOTOJARED VERNER/WESTERN STATE COLLEGE SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE (PENNEL)