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Faces in the Crowd

Dec. 03, 2012
Dec. 03, 2012

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Dec. 3, 2012

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
ANDREW LUCK
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
  • IS A GHANAIAN SOCCER PLAYER WHO DREAMED OF NBA GLORY AND SUCCESSFULLY WALKED ONTO THE BYU TRACK TEAM ABOUT TO CONQUER THE NFL DRAFT? THE LONG AND WINDING TALE OF EZEKIEL (ZIGGY) ANSAH

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Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

SONNY MILANO

This is an article from the Dec. 3, 2012 issue

MASSAPEQUA, N.Y. > HOCKEY

Sonny, a junior forward who attends Pioneer High in Ann Arbor, Mich., through the National Team Development Program, had two goals and an assist for the U.S. Under-17 team in a 6--1 championship win over the host country at the Four Nations Tournament in Monthey, Switzerland. He led the squad with six points, including a shootout goal in a 5--4 semifinal win over Russia, to help the U.S. go unbeaten for its fourth straight title in the event. Sonny verbally committed to Notre Dame.

KATE BARBER

DARDENNE PRAIRIE, MO. > FIELD HOCKEY

Kate, a senior center midfielder at Lafayette High, had a hat trick and four assists in an 8--0 win over Parkway South in October to break the national high school mark for assists in a four-year career, with 128. She finished with 135 and was named Public School all-conference player of the year. Last season she helped the Lancers win their first state title, defeating Cor Jesu 2--0 to become the first public school to win the Missouri crown in 30 years. Kate is a member of the U-19 junior national team.

MITCH TRUBISKY

MENTOR, OHIO > FOOTBALL

Mitch, a senior at Mentor High, threw for a two-point conversion in triple overtime to defeat Cleveland's St. Ignatius 57--56 in the Division 1 regional final. He passed for 411 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 138 yards and four scores. A week earlier he led the Cardinals to a 63--56 come-from-behind win over top-ranked St. Edward, with 478 passing yards and four TDs, plus two rushing scores. Mitch had 4,065 passing yards this season before the team's semifinal loss. He will play at UNC.

BETSY SAINA

ELDORET, KENYA > CROSS-COUNTRY

Saina, a redshirt senior at Iowa State, won the individual NCAA Division I championship with a 19:27.90 finish on the 6K course at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville. She bested a field of 253, edging two runners in a sprint to the finish to win by .7 of a second. This season's Big 12 and Midwest Regional individual winner, she also led the Cyclones to repeat team titles in both of those races. Saina, who competed in Kenya's 10K Olympic trials last summer, is the reigning NCAA indoor 5K champion.

MARCO ROJAS

STOCKTON, CALIF. > RACQUETBALL

Rojas, a freshman at Delta College, defeated his best friend and doubles teammate, Jose Diaz, 15--14, 15--9 in the boys' 18's singles final at the world junior championships in Los Angeles, where the U.S. boys' junior national team placed first. A day earlier the duo, both graduates of Stockton's Franklin High, had teamed to win the world doubles title in their age group over a pair from Bolivia. Last May, Rojas won the singles open division at nationals in Fullerton, Calif., to qualify for the U.S. men's team.

CAITLIN SCHAFER

HOLLISTER, CALIF. > WATER POLO

Caitlin, a senior utility driver at San Benito High, scored 213 goals this season to break the Monterey Bay League record and help the No. 10--seeded Balers to the second round of the Division 1 Central Coast Section playoffs, the furthest the team has ever advanced. A three-time league player of the year and a 2011 USA Water Polo Academic All-America, she finished with 485 career goals. Caitlin has competed for the Olympic Development Pool's Pacific Regional team for the past two years.

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RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS

Wideout Dexter McCluster (right) brought a turkey to a local family for the Chiefs' Thanksgiving Food Distribution program. Along with expressions of gratitude, he got an earful from an elderly fan over the team's awful start. "I told her we're working hard," he said. "She said, 'Well, work harder.'"

GO FIGURE

79

Career touchdowns by Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, an FBS record; Ball broke the mark of 78 set in 1999 by Travis Prentice of Miami (Ohio) with a 17-yard TD run last Saturday.

108

Points scored by the Patriots in their last two games, the third-highest two-game total in NFL history; the Los Angeles Rams scored 135 in 1950 and the Chicago Cardinals tallied 112 in '48.

6

Consecutive games in which the Hornets' opponent made at least 10 three-point field goals between Nov. 14 and last Friday, the longest such streak in NBA history.

21

Age of Vugar Guloglan oglu Huseynzade, the new manager of Azerbaijani Premier League soccer club Baku, who has no coaching experience but was hired because he has played the computer simulation game Football Manager for 10 years.

59

Consecutive games in which Colts wideout Reggie Wayne has had at least three catches, an NFL record.

PHOTOSHANE KEYSER/KANSAS CITY STAR/MCT/GETTY IMAGES (MCCLUSTER)PHOTODAVE REGINEK (MILANO)PHOTOCHRIS LEE/ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH (BARBER)PHOTODUNCAN SCOTT/THE NEWS-HERALD (TRUBISKY)PHOTOSTEVE POPE (SAINA)PHOTOCOURTESY OF MARCO ROJAS (ROJAS)PHOTOJOHN SCHAFER (SCHAFER)