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FACES IN THE CROWD

April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012

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April 30, 2012

Sports Illustrated DIGITAL
LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
LEBRON JAMES
BASEBALL
PRO HOCKEY
  • The scars worn by rugged Kings captain Dustin Brown, who led L.A. to a stunning first-round upset of the Canucks, tell the tale of a postseason marked—and marred—by mayhem

REBECCA SONI
BLUEPRINT
  • While football nation shifts into draft overdrive, the Giants go about business their own way, with no headlines and no hype. How has the recent two-time Super Bowl winner been built? Through teamwork among the decision makers—and a knack for finding treasures in the late rounds and beyond

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

SYDNEE ECK

This is an article from the April 30, 2012 issue

ANDALE, KANS. > SOFTBALL

Sydnee, a senior at Andale High, pitched a no-hitter, striking out 21 of 22, and homered twice in a 7--0 win over Buhler in the first game of a doubleheader. She fanned the first 18 batters and threw out the only opponent to put the ball in play. While playing third base in the second game, she hit a two-run homer in her first at bat to help the Indians sweep, 8--1. Last year Sydnee led the team to a second straight state title with a no-hitter in the Class 4A final. Through Sunday she had an 0.32 ERA.

DEVONTAE WATSON

AMBRIDGE, PA. > BASKETBALL

Devontae, a 6'10" senior center at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter, closed out his high school career with 1,238 points, 1,370 rebounds and 1,020 blocks to become the first player in state history and the second in the nation to achieve a career triple quadruple. He is Pennsylvania's alltime leading shot blocker and ranks second nationally. An all-state selection for Class A, Devontae helped the Leopards reach the state final the past two seasons. He will play for Temple next year.

BRITTANY BORMAN

FESTUS, MO. > JAVELIN

Borman, a senior at Oklahoma, won the javelin at the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State with a school-record throw of 194'11"—the farthest in the NCAA this year by 17 feet, the top American throw in the world so far this year. The defending national champion, Borman was the top collegiate finisher (seventh place) at last summer's USA Track and Field championships, with a throw of 170'7". She also holds the Sooners' program record in the discus (186'1").

TERREL BRAMWELL

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. > VOLLEYBALL

Bramwell, a 6'1" junior outside hitter at Humber College, led the Hawks to their first Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association men's volleyball national title, breaking the alltime kills record for a three-round playoff (98) and for a tournament final game (43) to defeat Douglas College 3--1. He was named tournament MVP and the national player of the year, with a regular-season-leading 5.67 kills per set. Bramwell will compete in the national team trials next month.

RACHEL LIM

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. > TENNIS

Rachel, a sixth-grader at Briarcliff Middle School, won the Longines Future Tennis Aces U.S. tournament at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y. She defeated Amanda Nord of Pittsburgh 2--6, 6--2, 10--8 in the finals and will represent the U.S. in the tournament world championships at Roland Garros Stadium during the final weekend of the French Open, against players from 15 other nations. In November, Rachel won the 12-and-under title at the USTA National Open.

YANNICK HANFMANN

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY > TENNIS

Hanfmann, a freshman at USC, swept his singles and doubles matches in two Pac-12 victories, to help extend the No. 1--ranked Trojans' winning streak (since ended) to 45 straight matches. Against Stanford, he won the first singles match (6--2, 6--0) and clinched the doubles point alongside teammate Emilio Gomez (8--2). They won their doubles match (8--6) the next day against Cal, and Hanfmann won the No. 4 singles (7--5, 6--2). Through Sunday he is tied for the team lead with 32 singles wins.

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SHIRT TALES

During a week in which Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine might have argued that his was the worst job in sports, Italian soccer offered a counterargument. On Sunday, Serie A referees halted a match between Genoa and Siena for 45 minutes while flare-firing Genoa fans argued violently that their own 11—who trailed 4--0 and face likely relegation—were literally unfit to wear the 119-year-old club's red-and-blue uniforms. Team captain Marco Rossi smoothed things over, but only after collecting a stack of jerseys off the backs of his players (right) and handing them over to the unruly stadium-goers. Afterward team president Enrico Preziosi opined, "It's not possible that they take over the stadium and impose their laws." On Monday, however, fans got their way, again, as manager Alberto Malesani was fired. It was the second time that he'd been canned by the club this season.

PHOTOTANOPRESS/AP (ROSSI)PHOTOCOURTESY ANDALE HIGH SCHOOL (ECK)PHOTOCOURTESY OF JIMMY JOE SAVAGE/LINCOLN PARK PERFORMING ARTS CHARTER SCHOOL (WATSON)PHOTOUNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA ATHLETICS COMMUNICATIONS (BORMAN)PHOTOJES WOJKOWSKI (BRAMWELL)PHOTOCOURTESY OF LONGINES (LIM)PHOTOUSC SPORTS INFORMATION (HANFMANN)