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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
November 26, 2012 issue
Tyler Boyd
Clairton, Pa. > Football

Tyler, a 6-foot-1, 175-pound senior running back at Clairton High, had 17 carries for 121 yards and one TD in a 37-7 win over Neshannock High in the Western Pennsylvania Class A semifinals. The victory extended the Bears' nation-best winning streak to 59 games and tied the state record. Tyler, who has 107 career TDs and 5,167 yards through Sunday, helped Clairton to its fourth straight WPIAL crown and third straight Class A state title last year.

Carly Ray Goldstein
Coral Springs, Fla. > Golf

Carly Ray, a senior at Coral Glades High, shot a four-under-par 140 at Harbor Hills Country Club in Lady Lakes, Fla., to win the 2A state title. With a 71 and a 69 in the two-day tournament, she was the only golfer in the field of 95 to finish under par on both days. Carly Ray, who has won 96 career tournaments, became the youngest player, at age 12, to reach match play in the 80-year history of the Doherty Cup, an international women’s amateur championship. She will compete next year at LSU.

Corey Fase
Rockford, Mich. > Water Polo

Corey, a senior goalie and co-captain at Rockford High, had seven saves to help the Rams defeat Ann Arbor's Huron High 14-6 for the program's ninth state title. He had 331 saves this season, including 25 while allowing 11 goals in the three-game state tournament and helping Rockford to a 48-0 record and coach Dave McWatters to his 600th career victory. A two-time USA Water Polo Academic All-America, Corey competed in the Junior Olympics with the Rockford Aquatic Club for the past two years.

Dezirae Armijo
Socorro, N. Mex > Soccer

Dezirae, a senior striker at Socorro High, broke two New Mexico scoring records this season while helping the No. 5-ranked Warriors reach the 3A state quarterfinals. Her 80 goals in 22 games broke the previous state mark of 60 in a season, and her career total of 235 goals -- including 25 as an eighth-grader -- shattered the five-year-old record by 62. A four-time all-state selection, Dezirae ranks third on the U.S. alltime high school scoring list for goals scored in a career.

Ben Payne
Fort Walton Beach, Fla. > Marathon

Payne, a 31-year-old pilot with the Air Force 34th Special Operations Squadron, won the Manchester (N.H.) City Marathon in 2:24:43, beating the runner-up by 1:01. Payne had been invited to compete in the New York City Marathon as one of 40 elite runners, but when that event was canceled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy he joined hundreds of last-minute registrants for the Manchester race. Three days after his win the Denver native deployed to Afghanistan for a four-month tour of duty.

Violah Lagat
Tucson > Cross-country

Lagat, a senior at Florida State, ran a course-record 20:06.5 at Tallahassee's Apalachee Regional Park to win the NCAA South Region individual 6K championship. She led the top-ranked Seminoles to a sweep for the team title and was named the region's athlete of the year. In October she won the ACC title in a course-record time (20:00.1) to lead FSU to its fifth straight conference crown. Lagat is a sister of long-distance runner Bernard Lagat, an Olympic medalist and American-record holder in the mile.

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