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FACES IN THE CROWD
Edited by ALEXANDRA FENWICK
December 19, 2011
J.T. CURTIS
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December 19, 2011

Faces In The Crowd

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YORKTOWN, VA. > FIELD HOCKEY

Wilson, 31, a phys-ed teacher at Tabb High, led the Tigers to a fourth straight 2A state title, the program's fifth overall, with a 3--0 win over Grafton. The victory capped an undefeated season for a No. 2 national ranking, and it gave Wilson a 167--18 record over eight years. She was named the Virginia High School League's field hockey coach of the year for the third time last season and the national field hockey coach of the year for 2010 by the National High School Coaches Association in June.

GARY HARRELL

WASHINGTON, D.C. > FOOTBALL

Harrell, 39, a first-year coach at Howard and a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award (for FCS coach of the year), led the Bison out of a 29-game conference losing streak with a win over Morehouse. The team, which had won only four of its last 33 games, improved from a 1--10 record last season to 5--6. A former wideout and punt returner on Howard's unbeaten 1993 squad, Harrell went on to a three-year NFL career and still holds the school mark for receptions in a game (13) and a career (184).

JOANNE HEWINS

WESTFIELD, MASS. > GYMNASTICS

Hewins, 52, an 18-year coach at Westfield High and a third-grade teacher, coached the coed Bombers to a record fifth straight team title at the home-hosted Western Massachusetts championships. Eleven of her gymnasts accounted for 14 top six finishes for an overall score of 137.375 points to defeat Minnechaug Regional by 2.4 and extend the team's win streak to 62, dating back to 2007. It was the eighth state title for Hewins, who runs a no-cut program.

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