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Faces In The Crowd


COLOR PHOTO: MICHELLE KING Jordan Leopold, GOLDEN VALLEY, MINN. Hockey Leopold, a senior at Minnesota, became the Golden Gophers' leading career goal scorer among defensemen when he had two in a 2-1 victory over North Dakota to run his total to 38. This season he's the leading defenseman points scorer in the nation, with 14 goals and 17 assists.

COLOR PHOTO: TIM JACKSON Jim Morahan, ENGLEWOOD, COLO. Soccer Jim, a senior All-America goalkeeper at Kent Denver School, finished his career with 28 shutouts, a 91% save rate and a .058 goals-against average as he led the Sun Devils to the state finals. Jim, who's also the captain of Kent Denver's basketball team, will play soccer for Lehigh next fall.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM LUZZI Shana Cox, WESTBURY, N.Y. Track and Field Shana, a junior All-America at Holy Trinity Diocesan High, ran the 200 meters in 23.85 and the 300 in 38.00 to break both girls' state high school indoor records. Her time in the 300 also set the national Catholic high school mark. She won the state championship in the outdoor 200 last spring.

COLOR PHOTO: SCOTT CUMMINGS/MCKENDREE COLLEGE Harry Statham, BELLEVILLE, ILL. Basketball Statham, 64, the men's coach at McKendree College, guided the Bearcats to a 107-72 win over Harris-Stowe State College of St. Louis for his 800th career victory. A member of the NAIA Hall of Fame, he is an eight-time winner of the Illinois Basketball Association-NAIA coach of year award.

COLOR PHOTO: E.M. PIO RODA Emily Jacobson, ATLANTA Fencing Emily, 16, defeated her sister, Sada, 18, in the round of eight en route to winning the junior women's sabre at the Coupe Hungaria, a junior A world cup event. Emily, a member of the U.S. under-20 women's sabre team that won the world title in November, is the No. 2-ranked American cadet.

COLOR PHOTO: PREVOST PHOTOGRAPHY Matt Bettencourt, MODESTO, CALIF. Golf Bettencourt, 26, a glass salesman, was named the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) player of the year after winning six individual crowns in addition to four two-man events with Jon DeChambeau, 42, of Modesto. He accumulated an NCGA-tour-record 2,028 points in 2001.