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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
October 8, 2012 issue
Aaron Chatfield
Petoskey, Mich. > Soccer

Aaron, a senior center midfielder at Northern Michigan Christian Academy, had two goals in a 7-2 loss to Elk Rapids to break the state scoring record. He set the mark with his 174th goal on a penalty kick in the first half and extended it with a 20-yard shot in the second. This season Aaron has 46 goals and nine assists in 16 games, including a six-goal performance in an 8-0 victory over Buckley. With 179 goals at week's end, he ranks fifth on the nation's all-time scoring list.

Brianna McCormick
Bristol. Vt. > Horseshoe Pitching

Brianna, a senior at Mount Abraham Union High, came from behind to defeat Heather Feavel of Van Dyne, Wis., 40-29 in the junior girls' championship at the World Horseshoe Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. She went 5-0 in the final round, shooting ringers on 60.5% of her pitches, including 14 straight to close out her final game. A seven-time state champion and a five-time New England champion for junior girls, Brianna competes with the Sodbusters Horseshoe Club in Middlebury.

Jake Leingang
Bismarck, ND > Cross-Country

Jake, a senior at Bismarck High, won the Roy Griak Invitational (15:42.37), retaining his title by less than a second. A week earlier he took first at the Anderson/Stavn Invitational in a 5K season-best 15:20.41. In 2011 he led the Demons to the Class A team title, repeating as state champion and as North Dakota's Gatorade runner of the year. In track, Jake won his third straight 3,200 and second straight 1,600-meter state titles, and the New Balance national 5K crown in a personal best 14:27.16.

Rose Bernheim
Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho > Rugby

Bernheim, a junior and a corporal in the Corps of Cadets at Norwich University, scored three times in a 34-15 win over Army to break the program record with 65 career tries. Last year she led -Norwich to the USA Rugby Sevens championship (34-5 over Boston College) and was named MVP. She also helped the Cadets win the 15s Division II title. A member of the under-20 national team, Bernheim was named an All-America last season. She had 72 career tries through Sunday.

   
Jamie Cunningham
Greensboro, N.C. > Football

Cunningham, a freshman quarterback at Howard, came off the bench in the third quarter to lead the Bison to a season-opening 30-29 win over Morehouse in the Nation's Football Classic at RFK Stadium. In a game with eight lead changes, he helmed two key fourth-quarter drives: a 15-play, 89-yard march to give Howard a 24-23 lead with 2:17 left, and an eight-play, 49-yarder, culminating in a decisive 13-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds to go. Cunningham was named the game's MVP.

Lani Chapko
Seattle > Sprint Kayaking

Lani, a senior at the Northwest School, swept all four sprint kayak singles events in the women’s junior 18-and-under division at nationals, held at Seattle's Green Lake. She won gold medals in the 200- (47.32), 500- (2:09.58), 1,000- (4:23.96) and 5,000-meter (26:54.88) races. Lani, a -member of the host Seattle Canoe and Kayak Club, also earned gold with teammate Claire Kim in the two-person kayak 200-meter race (43.92) and helped the club's juniors to a second-place finish.

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