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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
November 7, 2011 issue
Walter Butler
Bourne, Mass. > Football

Butler, a 6'3", 215-pound senior linebacker at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, forced two fumbles and returned one 48 yards for a touchdown in a 34-6 win over Maine Maritime in the 39th annual Admiral's Cup. The Buccaneers reclaimed the traveling trophy for the first time in eight years. Butler, who leads NCAA Division III in forced fumbles, added seven solo stops, including four for losses totaling 16 yards, a pair of sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.

Alyssa Parker
Woodbine, Md. > Field Hockey

Alyssa, a senior midfielder at Glenelg High, had two goals and six assists in a 12-0 win over Towson to surpass 100 career goals and 100 career assists; she is only the second player in the nation ever to reach the century mark in both. Heading into the regional semifinals, she had 107 goals and 103 assists. Last year she led the Gladiators to the state title. A member of USA Field Hockey's under-19 junior national team, Alyssa will play at Maryland next fall.

Shaquille Jones
Fort Smith, Ark. > Football

Shaquille, a 6'2", 180-pound senior wide receiver at Northside High, became Arkansas's career receptions leader when he caught 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Bentonville. A three-year starter, he had 261 catches in just 28 games to eclipse the previous record of 259 over 40 games. Last month Shaquille set the state large-school single-game record for receptions (16). Through Sunday he had 268 catches, good for 10th on the national alltime receptions list.

Regina Jaquess
Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. > Water Skiing

Jaquess, a 27-year-old pharmacist, won gold medals in women's overall, slalom and jumping, and a bronze in tricks, at the Pan American Games in Chapala, Mexico, setting four event records and one pending world record. Her combined 3,033.01 overall points broke her own world record. The 2010 Female Athlete of the Year of both USA Water Ski and the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation, Jaquess has won 10 medals over three Pan Am Games, the most of any U.S. water-skier.

Evan Siepert
Cape Elizabeth, Maine > Offshore Sailing

Siepert, a junior at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, skippered the mariners to a win in the McMillan Cup, college sailing's oldest regatta. (The event, established in 1928 as the big-boat championship for the New England and Mid-Atlantic districts, is hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.) He led the eight-member crew to first place overall in the six-race series, completion on Navy’s 44-foot Mark II boats in six- to eight-know winds, qualifying the Mariners for the Kennedy Cup national championship.

Zahri Jackson
Kingwood, Texas > Cross-Country

Zahri, a freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana, won an individual title at the Gulf Coast Conference championships in Clinton, Miss., to lead the Gold Rush to its sixth straight women's GCC title. She won the 5K women's race in 19:20.40. Zahri, 17, graduated a year early from Kingwood Park (Texas) High to enroll at Xavier with her 19-year-old brother, Kwame.

Kwame Jackson
Kingwood, Texas > Cross-Country

Kwame, freshman at Xavier University of Louisiana, won an individual title at the Gulf Coast Conference championships in Clinton, Miss., to lead the Gold Rush to its sixth straight men's GCC title. He won the 8K men's race in 28:12.09.

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