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FACES IN THE CROWD
 
February 11 2013 issue
Hallice Cooke
Union City, N.J. > Basketball

Hallice, a 6-foot-3 senior guard at St. Anthony (Jersey City), scored a game-high 22 points -- including six three-pointers --to lead the Friars to a 52-45 win over Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, N.Y.) in the SNY Invitational final, where he was named MVP. Three days later he had a team-high 18 points on six treys in a 46-37 win over East Brunswick, which capped off St. Anthony's 83-game winning streak. Hallice, who is hitting 62% from beyond the arc, has verbally committed to Oregon State.

Mary Brooks
Fresno > Water Polo

Mary, a junior attacker at Clovis West High, scored six goals to lead the Golden Eagles to a 9-7 victory over top-seeded Clovis for the Central Section Division I championship. She was named All-Valley Division I MVP and is the two-time Tri-River Athletic Conference player of the year. The school-record holder in ejections drawn, with 220, Mary is also a member of the U.S. youth national team and competed at the Youth World Championships in Australia, in December.

Jack Conger
Rockville, Md. > Swimming

Jack, a senior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High, broke four meet records at the national Catholic high school championships in Baltimore. He had individual wins in the 200-yard individual medley (1:48.18) and the 100 freestyle (44.27) and helped the Falcons to victories in the 200 medley and the 400-free relays. He was fifth in the 200-meter backstroke at the 2012 Olympic trials and set a national age-group mark in the 100-yard backstroke in December (45.32). Jack will swim at Texas next year.

Ariel Atkins
Duncanville, Texas > Basketball

Ariel, a 5-foot-10 junior guard at Duncanville High, had a team-high 20 points in a 67-24 blowout of Mansfield High to help the state's top-ranked Pantherettes extend their record to 34-0 and their winning streak to 62 games. One week earlier she scored a team-high 20 points in a 69-33 victory over Cedar Hill High. Through Sunday, Ariel is averaging a team-high 16.1 points, 4.7 assists and 5.8 steals, with 5.9 rebounds for Duncanville, the defending Class 5A champions.

Sean Doherty
Center Conway, N.H. > Biathlon

Sean, a senior at Kennett High, won silver in the 12.5-kilometer individual youth (U-19) race, his third podium of the youth/junior worlds in Obertilliach, Austria, to become the first U.S. biathlete, male or female, to win three individual medals in a single world championship. He finished the cross-country skiing and rifle-shooting course in 36:44.8, with three missed targets. Sean also won gold in the pursuit by 28.2 seconds and took silver in the 7.5-km sprint, missing gold by 3.6 seconds.

Courtney Hurley
San Antonio > Fencing

Hurley, a senior co-captain at Notre Dame, had the best individual winning percentage (.926) at the St. John's Invitational in New York City, going 13-1 in epee to lead the No. 2 Irish past five teams to sweep the tournament. The 2011 NCAA epee champion, Hurley took last year off to train for the 2012 Olympics and scored the clinching touch for the U.S. in the team epee bronze medal match at the London Games. She is the top-ranked U.S. senior woman.

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