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FACES IN THE CROWD

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Cayla Barnes | Corona, Calif. | Hockey

Cayla, a senior at New Hampton (N.H.) School, won her second straight Directorate Award as best defenseman at the Under-18 Women's World Championship in Zlin, Czech Republic. She captained the team to a 3--1 gold medal win over Canada and became the first girl to win three straight U-18 titles. Cayla will play at Boston College.

LaPorscha Wells | Augusta, Ga. | Track and Field

Wells, a senior thrower at Georgia State, set a school and Sun Belt Conference record with a weight throw of 21.06 meters at the Blazer Invite in Birmingham. She also finished first in the shot put (15.27 meters). The next day, at the Vulcan Invite in Birmingham, Wells again won the weight throw (20.87) and the shot (15.65).

Evan Pittman | Phoenix | Powerlifting

Evan, a senior at Phoenix Country Day in Paradise Valley, became the youngest lifter ever to break 100 career age-group world records. At the World Natural Powerlifting Federation championships in Bordentown, N.J., Evan, 18, set marks in squat (395 pounds), bench (235) and deadlift (485) in the under-148 pound class to push his total to 108.

Jordan Richard | Tecumseh, Mich. | Bowling

Richard, a junior at Arkansas State, rolled a 1,060 over five games to finish first at the Mid-Winter Invitational in Jonesboro, Ark. A first-team All-America last season, she led the Red Wolves with an average of 208.80, fifth-best in the nation, and came in second at the NCAA tournament with a total pinfall of 1,540.

Mahina Maeda | Sunset, Hawaii | Surfing

Mahina, 18, finished second, for the second-straight year, at the World Junior Championship this month in Kiama, New South Wales, Australia, an event she won in 2014. Last year she also took first place at the Wahine Pipe Pro and Turtle Bay Resort Pro Junior. In '14, Mahina became the second female ever to surf at Nazaré, in Portugal.

Sarah Billiard | Matthews, N.C. | Basketball, Volleyball

Sarah, a 6-foot senior forward at Covenant Day, scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in a 48--20 win over High Point Christian to surpass 1,500 points and 1,300 boards. Sarah, who was named to the NCISAA All-State team last season, is also a three-time all-state outside hitter and will play volleyball at Virginia.

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