Rashan Gary | Plainfield, N.J. | Football
This is an article from the Aug. 24, 2015 issue
Rashan, a 6'5", 298-pound defensive end at Paramus Catholic High and the No. 1--ranked recruit in the nation, was named defensive MVP at The Opening football camp in Beaverton, Ore. The senior had 14 sacks, 55 tackles and 24 QB hurries in 2014 to help the Paladins earn a third straight trip to the nonpublic, Group 4 final. He is uncommitted.
Sophia Rivera | Brentwood, Mo. | Track and Field
Sophia, a senior at Brentwood High, earned silver in the shot put at youth worlds in Cali, Colombia, with a throw of 58'10". She also competed in javelin to become the first athlete to take part in simultaneous field-event finals at an international meet. (She placed eighth.) In May, Sophia put the shot 51' 1¼" to set a state record and win the Class 2 title.
Peter Burns | Reading, Mass. | Baseball
Peter, a sophomore catcher at Austin Prep, led the New England Stampede with a .467 average and a .636 OBP at the Perfect Game 15-U wood bat nationals in Emerson, Ga. He was 10 for 10 in throwing out runners attempting to steal and was named all-tournament. Last season Peter hit .411 to lead the Cougars to the Division 3 North state final.
Coco Diemar | Naperville, Ill. | Triathlon
Coco, an incoming sixth-grader at Crone Middle School, won the youth nationals age-11 championship in West Chester, Ohio, by .28 of a second. She completed the 200-meter swim, 10K bike ride and 2K run in 33:57.75, clocking the fastest bike split. At cycling road nationals in June, Coco was fourth in the criterium and fifth in the time trial for ages 11--12.
Johnny Schulz | Delray Beach, Fla. | Boxing
Schulz, 46, earned his fourth Ringside World Championship title, beating Louis Tafuto of Warwick, N.Y., 3-0 in the 154-pound weight class of the 35-to-99 age group, in Independence, Mo. A healthcare recruiter and a boxing coach at StrikeGym in Coconut Creek, Schulz won a Florida Golden Gloves masters title in March in the 165-pound class.
Debra Brown | Bristol, Vt. | Horseshoes
Brown, 59, won the women's world horseshoe title in Topeka, Kans., with a 13--2 record and a ringer percentage of 77.87. She also received the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association's achievement award for her contribution to the sport in her state. Brown, who runs a day care center, is a 15-time Vermont and seven-time New England champ.
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