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Star Athletes: November, 2012

by Editorial Staff--Suburban Family Magazine

Lexi Smith (pictured)
Florence Memorial High School senior Lexi Smith broke a national field hockey record in an exciting match against Riverside in October. She scored the 175th goal of her career, beating the 1985 record from Rye Neck High School in Mamaroneck, N.Y. The winner of that record was even present to watch the momentous occasion.

Shawn Wilson
Wilson, Cherokee High School’s senior cross country star, captured the Burlington County Cross Country Open in Willingboro in October. Wilson beat out 103 other competitors in the 5K for the first-place win, with a time of 15:56, an amazing 20 seconds ahead of the race’s runner-up. And he beat his own record from when he came in second place at the same meet last year.

Brandon Outlaw
Brandon, a 13-year-old student at William Allen Middle School, may currently be playing on the 125-pound Moorestown football team, but track is where he’s already made a name for himself. He won a fifth-place medal at the AAU Junior Olympics in Houston, Texas, in the 800-meter dash recently, running a time of 2:06.79. Also, he finished 9th in the 400-meter dash, running a time of 54.0. One week prior to the AAU Junior Olympics, he won a 5th place USA Jr. Olympic medal in Baltimore in the 4x800 meter relay.

Marissa Toci
Mount Laurel
Lenape junior Toci earned the top score for the second year in a row in all-around competition at the Olympic Conference gymnastics championship at Cherokee High School. She finished first in vault with a score of 9.6 and in bars with a score of 9.75, earning an overall score of 38.6. The conference helped continue Lenape’s undefeated 9-0 record.

Cali Barton
Along with being an all-around great sport on the pitch, helping out opposing players when they’re down and encouraging teammates as a leader on Moorestown’s U11 Comets, Barton also volunteered to start a fundraiser for pediatric cancer research, helping raise $200 through

Corey Clement
While leading his team to a win against Highland with a 35-0 victory, senior Clement broke the South Jersey career rushing record with 226 yards. His new total—5,390, as of that night—beat out the old mark of 5,380 set in 1996. Clement, who recently withdrew his commitment to the University of Pittsburgh, will also appear in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in Carson, Calif.

Imani Taylor
Sophomore Taylor set the Eastern career shutout record with 20 after the 16-0 Vikings defeated Paul VI 3-0 in an Olympic Conference match-up. Soon after, she helped her team tie for first in the Coaches Cup championship.

Kyle Leonard
Washington Township
After a bout of dehydration prevented Washington Township’s Leonard from completing one of his first cross country meets this season, he came back strong, coming in first with a time of 16:30.5 in the Gloucester County Championships. He ran his personal best of 16:16 at the Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational earlier this year, and won the Mixed Open Race at the Shore Coaches Invitational.

Steven Oberlander
Cherry Hill
The Cherry Hill East Boys’ soccer team clinched the South Jersey Coaches Cup Championship on the back of goalkeeper Steven Oberlander. Though they were seeded at No. 14, they pulled out a 1-0 victory against Moorestown thanks to Oberlander’s 15 saves.

Julie Duncan and Marissa Cutry
Riding the strong play of Duncan, the Shawnee field hockey team (13-5-0) beat out Egg Harbor (13-6-0) 4-2 in the quarterfinal round of the South Jersey Group 4 tournament in Medford. Duncan struck twice while Marissa Cutry added a goal and an assist for the Renegades.

William Potts
Only a portion of Haddonfield Middle School’s co-ed cross country team shows up to the optional daily workouts. Among them is William Potts, a sixth-grader who has worked past his autism and epilepsy to be a part of the team. With the support of his family, teammates, coach, school staff and even opponents, Potts finished the season strong and plans to join the spring team.

Shannon and Glade Nugent
With six minutes left in a scoreless game, Shawnee’s Shannon Nugent scored a goal, wrapping up a 1-0 victory over Eastern recently. Shannon’s twin sister, Glade, equally led to the shutout with 11 saves, helping to hand Eastern their first loss after 15 wins.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 3, Issue 9 (November, 2012).
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