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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
June 27, 2011 Issue
Eric Gravbrot
Yakima, Wash. > Golf

Eric, a home-schooled senior who competes for West Valley High, won the 3A state tournament by one stroke with the lowest score on any state level, a seven-under-par 137. Trailing by three strokes on the 8th hole of the second round, Eric called a penalty on himself when only he saw his ball move after he addressed it. He shot five under over the remaining 10 holes for the win.

Emily Bausher
New Egypt, N.J. > Softball, Basketball

Emily, a senior pitcher at New Egypt High, became the 15th pitcher in state history to reach 1,000 career strikeouts, in a 3-0 no-hitter over Holy Cross. She finished the season with 1,077 K’s, leading the team to its second straight Group 1 title. Emily also surpassed the 1,000-point mark en route to the Warriors’ first basketball sectional title this year.

Dallas Burroughs
Meridian, Idaho > Track and Field, Football

Dallas, a senior at Rocky Mountain High, set state records in the 100 meters (10.34) and 200 meters (21.06) at the 5A state meet, leading the Grizzlies to their first track title. In football he was named all-state with a team-leading 75 catches for 1,358 yards and 14 touchdowns, as well as 304 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He will play football next year at Boise State.

Loreen Whitfield
Clovis, Calif. > Swimming

Loreen, a senior at Clovis East High, broke her 100-yard butterfly section record (55.02) at the CIF Central Section D-I championship preliminaries, taking that event and the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.21) in the finals to become the fifth swimmer in section history to win every state meet event she entered. Loreen will represent American Samoa at worlds in July.

Micah Christenson
Honolulu > Volleyball, Basketball

Micah, a 6'?6" senior outside hitter at Kamehameha-Kapalama High, was named state player of the year after leading the Warriors to the D-I state title with a .500 hitting average in a three-set sweep over Punahou High. Earlier this year he led the basketball team to the state title and was named Hawaii’s player of the year for the second consecutive time.

Laura Barito
Arkadelphia, Ark. > Track and Field, Swimming

Barito, a senior at Stevens Institute of Technology, won the 400 meter hurdles (59.49) at the D-III championships for her second NCAA title of the year; she is the only D-III female to finish the race in under a minute this season. In March she won the 50-yard freestyle swimming title (22.87) to become the school’s first NCAA champion in any sport.

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