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FACES IN THE CROWD

Sept. 14, 2015
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FACES IN THE CROWD

Edited by Alexandra Fenwick

Sofia (Sonya) Kenin | Pembroke Pines, Fla. | Tennis

This is an article from the Sept. 14, 2015 issue

Sonya, a junior who studies online and trains at ProWorld Tennis Academy, took the girls' 18-and-under national hardcourt title in San Diego, beating No. 1 seed Tornado Alicia Black of Boca Raton, Fla., 6--2, 5--7, 7--5. With the win, Sonya earned a berth in the U.S. Open; at 16, she was the youngest entry. She is the 10th-ranked girl in the world.

Kei Kobayashi | San Clemente, Calif. | Surfing

Kei, a junior who is home-schooled, won the boys' 16-and-under Rip Curl Gromsearch event at New Smyrna Beach in Florida to qualify for nationals next month. The 2014 national Gromsearch champ, he helped San Clemente High repeat as the Oakley High School Surf Team Challenge champ last year. In April, Kei earned the NSSA Southwest Open men's title.

Tatiana Limon | Albuquerque | Soccer

Tatiana, a junior striker at St. Pius X High, scored 11 goals in a season-opening, three-game tournament to break the school's career points record with 223. Four days later she scored twice in a 2--1 win over Sandia Prep to break the goals mark with 80. Last year Tatiana led the Sartans to a second straight Class 5A title with 36 goals and 30 assists.

Joe Gallardo | San Diego | Soccer

Joe, a senior forward in the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla., scored the 88th-minute equalizer for a 1--1 tie in a friendly with Australia in Limoges, France; two weeks earlier he had a goal in a 2--1 win over Ukraine in Hlinsko, Czech Republic. After breaking his leg in August 2014, Gallardo had seven goals in his first 14 U-17 matches.

Paula Heuser | Monchengladbach, Germany | Field Hockey

Heuser, a junior midfielder at Albany, netted all three goals in a 3--1 season-opening win over Miami (Ohio), then scored twice and had an assist in a 3--1 defeat of Ohio State. Last season she led the nation in points per game (3.0), won the Honda Sport Award for field hockey and was the National Field Hockey Coaches Association player of the year.

Harry and Artis Price | DeLeon Springs, Fla. | Waterskiing

Harry, 88, a retired dentist, and Artis, 85, a retired teacher, each won overall gold in the 85-and-over age groups at nationals in West Palm Beach, Fla. Married for 56 years, they have combined for more than 160 gold medals and have both received the Water Ski Hall of Fame's Award of Distinction.

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THEY SAID IT

"IT WON'T HELP US IF WE LOSE NEXT WEEK."

Matt Rhule

Temple's coach, assessing the significance of the Owls' 27--10 win last Saturday, their first over Penn State in 74 years.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

A group of Flyers fans have started a GoFundMe site aimed at buying the cross-state, NHL-rival Penguins, since Philly "already figuratively owns" the Pens.

PHOTOGENE J. PUSKAR/AP (RHULE)PHOTOALEXANDER KENIN (KENIN)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE KOBAYASHI FAMILY (KOBAYASHI)PHOTOCOURTESY OF THE LIMON FAMILY (LIMON)PHOTOCASEY BROOKE LAWSON/USSOCCER.COM (GALLARDO)PHOTOBILL ZISKIN (HEUSER)TWO PHOTOSSCOTT N. ATKINSON (PRICES)ILLUSTRATION