Faces in the Crowd

May 20, 2013

CARLOS WILLIAMS

COVINGTON, TENN. > BASEBALL

Carlos, a senior outfielder at Covington High, stole two bases in a 12--2 win over South Gibson High, to set a Tennessee record with 182 career steals (since extended to 185), his third state mark in one week. At season's end, he also holds the record for consecutive steals (121) and the national record for being hit by a pitch (60). Carlos, a wide receiver and defensive back who led the Chargers to the 4A state football championship game last fall, has signed with Ole Miss to play baseball.

ANNIE PARK

LEVITTOWN, N.Y. > GOLF

Park, a USC freshman, shot a three-round, seven-under 209 to become the Trojans' third straight freshman to win the Pac-12 title. She sealed the victory with a 20-foot putt to birdie the 18th hole, helping USC win its fifth conference title. A week later she shot a seven-under 206 to tie for first at the NCAA D-I West Regional. Last May, at Levittown's MacArthur High, Park became the first girl to win the Nassau County boys' high school title. She also competed in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.

ANDRES ARROYO

ORLANDO > TRACK AND FIELD

Andres, a senior at Colonial High, became Florida's first large-school athlete to sweep the distance runs at the 4A state meet. He won the 800 meters (1:54.09), the 1,600 (4:15.50) and the 3,200 (9:30.75). This season Andres also set a state 800 record at the Florida Relays (1:47.79), had the third-best 1,600 time in the nation with a 4:04.45 win at the Metro Conference final and ran a meet record 3,200 with an 8:51.37 finish at the Brian Jaeger Elite Classic. He has signed to run at Florida.

CARRIE CASEY

FRANKLIN, TEXAS > TENNIS

Carrie, a junior at Franklin High, defeated Jaycie Talbot of Rogers High (6--1, 6--2) in the 2A championship for her third straight state title. She teamed up with her older sister Kayla to win doubles titles as a freshman and a sophomore. Between Carrie and her sisters, Kayla and Kendra, a Casey has won a state tennis event every year since 2007. The girls' mother, Nancy, also won the state singles title for the Lions in 1982, for a total of 11 state tennis crowns in the family. Carrie was 23--0 this season.

LYLE THOMPSON

ONONDAGA NATION, N.Y. > LACROSSE

Thompson, a sophomore attacker at Albany, became the first Native American to make the finalist list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, college lacrosse's highest honor, named for the Mohawk word for the sport. Thompson, who leads the nation in points per game (6.65), had 113 points, one away from the NCAA single-season record, when the Great Danes' season ended. He played on an attack unit with his brother Miles and cousin Ty. The Thompson trio accounted for 56.1% of Albany's offense.

EMELIE BURGESS

WETHERSFIELD, CONN. > EQUESTRIAN

Emelie, a junior at Mercy High, in Middletown, won the varsity open championship class at Interscholastic Equestrian Association nationals at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse and was named the IEA's leading hunt seat rider of the year. Riding for Windcrest Farms out of Hebron, on a warmblood bay gelding named ChopChop, she beat nine riders in combined scoring in the equitation-over-fences and on-the-flat finals. Emelie was fourth in Zone 1 to qualify for nationals.

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Does He Have a Shot? Discuss.

Until he took the field (or, as he called it, "the pitch") at the 49ers' rookie minicamp last Friday, British discus thrower Lawrence Okoye (12th at the 2012 Olympics) had never played American football. But the 6'6", 304-pound son of Nigerian immigrants turned heads with a 4.78 40-yard dash at last month's super-regional combine at Cowboys Stadium. The Niners, who signed Okoye, 21, as a free agent on April 27, see him as a 3--4 defensive end.

GO FIGURE

4, 1

Strikeouts, and runs allowed, by Rays righty Alex Cobb in the third inning of a 6--3 win over the Padres. Cobb fanned Will Venable, who reached first on a wild pitch, stole second as Chase Headley whiffed, then stole third and—after Carlos Quentin struck out—scored on a balk; Cobb K'd Yonder Alonso to end the inning.

0

Points scored over seven straight games through last Saturday (161 minutes) by Knicks guard Jason Kidd, the only NBA player ever to play at least 10 minutes in at least six straight playoff games without scoring.

128.9%

Increase in average SEC football coaching salaries (from $3.15 million to $6.9 million) from 2006 to '11, according to an Inside Higher Ed study.

15.5%

Increase in average teacher pay at SEC schools ($70,886 to $81,758) over the same span.

10:1

Ratio of payroll between Man City ($300 million) and Wigan Athletic ($30 million), which beat City 1--0 last Saturday to win its first FA Cup title.

PHOTOTONY GUTIERREZ/AP (OKOYE) PHOTOCOURTESY OF COVINGTON HIGH SCHOOL (WILLIAMS) PHOTOFIGGE PHOTOGRAPHY (PARK) PHOTOCOURTESY OF COLONIAL HIGH SCHOOL (ARROYO) PHOTOPHOTO TEXAS (CASEY) PHOTOBILL ZISKIN (THOMPSON) PHOTORON SCHWANE/RON SCHWANE PHOTOGRAPHY (BURGESS)

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