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Faces in the Crowd

July 08, 2013
July 08, 2013

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July 8, 2013

GOLF PLUS
  • A CUT-MAKING MACHINE ON THE PGA TOUR WHO IS QUIETLY ROCKETING UP THE WORLD RANKING, JIMMY WALKER IS IN CONSTANT PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT SHOT OFF THE COURSE—IN HIS NIGHT JOB AS AN ENTERPRISING ASTRO-PHOTOGRAPHER

LEADING OFF
THE MAIL
PUIGMANIA
  • L.A.'S FIVE-TOOL PHENOM YASIEL PUIG HAS PRODUCED AN ALMOST UNMATCHED DEBUT, BUT HOW HE ENDED UP IN DODGER BLUE IS ALMOST AS COMPELLING AS HIS MAMMOTH TALENT—WELL, ALMOST

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
POINT AFTER

Faces in the Crowd

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

DAVID BERG

This is an article from the July 8, 2013 issue

COVINA, CALIF. > BASEBALL

Berg, a walk-on sophomore reliever at UCLA, pitched the final inning of the second game of the College World Series against Mississippi State for an NCAA-record-tying 51st appearance, tagging first for the final out in an 8--0 win that clinched the Bruins' first CWS title. A day earlier the sidearming righthander closed out a 3--1 victory, setting the NCAA single-season mark with his 24th save. Berg, the Pac-12 pitcher of the year, was 7--0 with a 0.92 ERA, second best in the nation.

MEIKA ASHBY

KALAMAZOO, MICH. > TENNIS

Meika, a recent graduate of Hackett Catholic Central High and the team captain, defeated Colleen O'Brien of Father Gabriel Richard High (Ann Arbor) 6--2, 6--1 for her third Division 4 singles title. This season she set the Michigan high school record for most career 6--0, 6--0 matches with 57. She finished her high school career with a 94--2 record and was named All-State and voted team MVP all four seasons. Meika will be playing for Western Michigan next fall.

JALEN RAMSEY

SMYRNA, TENN. > TRACK AND FIELD

Jalen, a recent Brentwood Academy graduate, set a state record in defending his long jump title, helping the Eagles win a third straight Division II championship. He broke the previous mark by 7 ¾" with a leap of 25' 3¼ "; he also repeated as state champion in the 400 meters (49.27) and was third in the 200 (21.85) to help Brentwood sweep the event and seal the team title. An All-State cornerback, he played in the U.S. Army All American Bowl. Jalen will play football and run track at Florida State.

EMMA BARANSKI

HAMDEN, CONN. > SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING

Emma, a recent Hamden High graduate who also studied dance at New Haven's Educational Center for the Arts, won the junior solo championship at nationals in Greensboro, N.C., in April, to become the first East Coast swimmer to take the title since 1955. She also won gold in figures. Emma, who competes for the New Canaan YMCA Aquianas, earned the Senior East Zone meet High Point trophy for the third straight time and was named the East's swimmer of the year. She will compete at Ohio State.

ZED WILLIAMS

SILVER CREEK, N.Y. > LACROSSE

Zed, a midfielder and recent graduate of Silver Creek High, scored 95 goals and had 77 assists this season to break the national career records for goals and points. He first played varsity as an eighth-grader, and in his five-year career had 444 goals to shatter the previous mark of 353. He also had 285 assists, finishing with 729 points to surpass the record of 589. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America Classic this week. A member of the Seneca Nation, Zed will attend Virginia.

LINDSAY VOLLMER

HAMILTON, MO. > TRACK AND FIELD

Vollmer, a sophomore heptathlete at Kansas, became the first Jayhawks woman to earn a title at the Division I championships, helping the school win its first women's national outdoor championship. She had career bests in the final three events of the seven-event competition, finishing first in the javelin (151'6"), third in the long jump (20' 2 ½") and 13th in the 800 meters (2:19.36) for 6,086 total points, the best U.S. score this season. Vollmer was named an All-America.

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THEY SAID IT

"We're just looking for a human being to take."

ROB HENNIGAN, Magic G.M., on Orlando's plans for the 51st pick in the NBA draft—which the team would use to select Oklahoma forward Romero Osby

GO FIGURE

307, 150, 205

Hits, RBIs and runs for Angels outfielder Mike Trout in his first 1,000 at bats. The last player to match or exceed all those totals in his first 1,000 at bats was Ted Williams.

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Days before her July 19 due date that two-time world kayak champion Emily Jackson, 23, won the women's freestyle event at the Payette River Games in Cascade, Idaho.

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Rank of the Mizuno Wave Rider 16 among sneakers sold on Amazon.com since Texas state senator Wendy Davis wore a pair for her 11-hour filibuster.

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Points with which Monaco will begin the next French premier soccer league season after sanctions handed down by officials for incidents—including fans invading the pitch—at the team's final home game.

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Years as Harvard crew coach for Harry Parker, who died on June 25 at 77. An Olympic sculler in 1960, Parker guided the Crimson heavyweight eights to nine national titles and was a six-time U.S. Olympic coach.

PHOTOSTEPHEN M. DOWELL/ORLANDO SENTINEL/MCT/LANDOV (HENNIGAN)PHOTODON LIEBIG/ASUCLA (BERG)PHOTOBREE ROSS (ASHBY)PHOTOCOURTESY OF BRENTWOOD ACADEMY (RAMSEY)PHOTOKAREN BARANSKI (BARANSKI)PHOTOLIFETOUCH PHOTOGRAPHY (WILLIAMS)PHOTOKANSAS ATHLETICS (VOLLMER)