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FACES IN THE CROWD

Feb. 23, 2015
Feb. 23, 2015

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  • TWO DECADES AGO, LONG BEFORE A REPLACEMENT PLAYER WAS A WELL-KNOWN SABERMETRIC MEASURING STICK, MAJOR LEAGUE CAMPS WERE OVERRUN WITH A DIFFERENT KIND OF FILL -IN: HORDES OF HAS-BEENS AND WANNABES CHASING DREAMS WHILE REAL BIG LEAGUERS WERE ON STRIKE. IT WAS FUNNY, SHAMEFUL—AND FOR ONE PLAYER, TRAGIC

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Whitney Osuigwe | Bradenton, Fla. | Tennis

This is an article from the Feb. 23, 2015 issue Original Layout

Whitney, a seventh-grader who studies and trains at IMG Academy, upset No. 1 seed Himari Sato of Japan 6--4, 6--4 to win the 12's division title at the Junior Orange Bowl in Coral Gables. The unseeded Whitney was the only American player to reach a final at the event. She is top ranked in her age group in the Southeast and No. 3 in the U.S.

Harrison Maurus | Auburn, Wash. | Weightlifting

Harrison, a freshman at Auburn Riverside High, set U.S. 14-to-15 age-group records for the 77-kg weight class in the snatch (118 kg), clean and jerk (145) and total (263) to tie for fifth at junior nationals in Oklahoma City. He finished eighth in the 69-kg weight class in last May's Youth Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Jenna Stegmaier | Garfield Heights, Ohio | Basketball

Jenna, a 5'10" senior point guard at Cuyahoga Heights High, poured in 23 points in a 52--33 win over Richmond Heights High to break the school's career scoring record of 1,327, set in 1973 by Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders. Through Sunday, Jenna had scored 1,500 points and was averaging 19.0 this season. She will play at Division II Findlay.

Norris Guscott | Lynn, Mass. | Cricket

Guscott, 26, a wicket keeper and public health researcher at Harvard's Innovation Lab, took 10 catches (tied for most in the nation this season) and had seven stumpings to help the Harvard Cricket Club win the Ivy League title. He received American College Cricket's John Bart King Award, given to the nation's best U.S.-born player.

Chayse Capps | Plano, Texas | Gymnastics

Capps, a sophomore at Oklahoma, tied her career best to win the vault (9.950) and took first in the balance beam (9.950)—an event in which she is ranked first nationally—helping the top-rated Sooners defeat Iowa State 198.150--195.675. Oklahoma is the first team since February 2011 to be ranked No. 1 in the NCAA in all four events.

Liam and Declan Conway | Concord, Ohio | Hockey

Liam and Declan, twins and Ohio Virtual Academy graduates, led Fort Erie of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League to a 3--2 shootout win over St. Catharines. Liam made 36 saves, including all three in the shootout. Declan, a forward, scored the game's first goal and the only shootout goal.

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THEY SAID IT

"It starts with, the whole give a s--- meter has to be higher."

Peter Horachek

Maple Leafs coach after a 5--4 loss to the Rangers on Feb. 10.

PHOTOELIOT J. SCHECHTER/NHLI/GETTY IMAGES (HORACHEK)PHOTOJENNA MORR/IMG ACADEMY (OSUIGWE)PHOTOTRACEY MAURUS (MAURUS)PHOTOANGELA MARTINKA (STEGMAIER)PHOTOJOANN WILSON-SINGLETON (GUSCOTT)PHOTOSHEVAUN WILLIAMS PHOTOGRAPHY (CAPPS)TWO PHOTOSCOURTESY OF NEIL CONWAY (CONWAYS)