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FACES IN THE CROWD

May 18, 2015
May 18, 2015

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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited By Alexandra Fenwick

Alyssa Palomino | Mission Viejo, Calif. | Softball

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Alyssa, a senior centerfielder at Mission Viejo High, swatted two home runs in a 13--0 win over El Toro High to break the California state record with 55 career homers (now 56), surpassing the previous mark of 53. At week's end she had 14 home runs and was batting .549 for the 24--0 Diablos, who were ranked No. 1 in the nation. Alyssa will play at Arizona.

Tehoka Nanticoke | Six Nations, Ont. | Lacrosse

Tehoka, a junior attackman at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., had four goals and an assist to lead his team to a 19--12 win over Bergen Catholic of Oradell, N.J. In March he scored three times in a 12--10 upset of No. 2 McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.), moving the Ascenders into the national top 20 for the first time ever. They were No. 8 as of Sunday.

Nicole Behar | Otis Orchards, Wash. | Auto racing

Nicole, a junior at East Valley (Spokane) High, set a record for highest finish by a female driver in the 61-year history of the K&N Pro Series West in just her fifth start, placing second at Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. The only woman in the 2015--16 NASCAR Next class, a collection of promising drivers under age 25, Nicole has four top 10 finishes in six starts.

Jason Barber | Oxford, Miss. | Baseball

Jason, a junior righthander at Oxford High, tossed a two-hitter and swatted a leadoff home run in the second inning to spark a 5--0 win over Germantown High in the third round of the Class 5A state playoffs. He is 9--0 with a 0.00 ERA in 57 innings through Sunday, with two no-hitters, including a perfect game. Jason has verbally committed to Ole Miss.

Cimran Virdi | Walnut Creek, Calif. | Track and Field

Virdi, a junior at MIT, broke the Division III national pole vault record, clearing 4.27 meters (14'0") to help the Engineers win a second consecutive New England D-III title. A two-time national indoor champion, she is 8½-inches ahead of the next-best D-III vaulter this season and ranks among the top 40 women in the world this year.

DeJuan Jones | Lansing, Mich. | Soccer

DeJuan, a senior midfielder at East Lansing High and the state's Gatorade player of the year, scored twice to help his 18-and-under TNT Dynamite club win the Javanon Cup Elite tourney in Elizabethtown, Ky., 3--1 over Webster County (Ky.) United Soccer Club. Last fall he scored in OT to help East Lansing repeat as Division II champs. DeJuan will play at Michigan State.

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