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All week long, ESPNHS.com counts down the stories, events and trends that shaped the 2011 year in high school sports. Tuesday, we look at stories 16 through 20.
The Papillion-La Vista South (Papillion, Neb.) girls' volleyball team was in a bind. Riding a 63-match winning streak, the No. 1 team in the nation and the reigning FAB 50 national champion found itself in a brand-new position: down a set and trailing 10-1 in the second set on the road against No. 4 St. James (Lenexa, Kan.). But the Titans dug deep and rallied to win the match 22-25, 25-23, 17-25, 26-24, 15-12 to keep their undefeated season alive.
At 6-foot-9 and still sprouting, Lattin had apparently grown too big for Texas hoops. So the Houston native and sophomore F/C took his burgeoning game elsewhere.
Fagundez is only a sophomore at Leominster (Massachusetts), yet he's already making an impact at the professional level. The 16-year-old native of Uruguay is a member of MLS's New England Revolution, and he scored two goals for the team in six appearances this past season. His most memorable game was his pro debut on Aug. 6 in a 3-2 loss to Chivas USA, as he drew a penalty kick that was converted by teammate Shalrie Joseph in the 69th minute and scored his first pro goal in the 85th minute.
AAU basketball, for good and for bad, has been a staple of the high school hoops scene for decades. Now high school football could have its version of AAU in the form of 7-on-7 traveling teams.
While gunning for its sixth straight Nike Cross Nationals title this fall, the Fayetteville-Manlius (Manlius, N.Y.) girls' cross country team lost two of its five top returning runners to injury, including 2010 NXN runner-up Christie Rutledge. And coach Bill Aris was dealing with the passing of his father.