Michael Chang is the youngest winner of a Grand Slam Tournament in the history of men's tennis. He also became the youngest player ever to rank in the top-5 as well as achieving a half-dozen more "youngest ever" accomplishments, including the youngest male to ever win a match at the U.S. Open (he was 15 years old). As the first and only Asian-American male to eclipse the top-10 world ranking, he owns 34 singles titles, including the 1989 French Open Championship. Visit www.mchang.com for more information on Michael Chang.
Megan Chinen, 17, is a senior at La Salle High School and resides in Pasadena. She is a four-year varsity cheerleader and varsity swimmer, who also serves as president of her senior class. Megan is secretary of the National Honor Society and is a member of the California Scholarship Federation and leads a freshman small group at Lake Avenue Church. A Pasadena native, Megan hopes to attend Georgetown or Boston College to study nursing.
(83) KEARY COLBERT--Wide Receiver, 6-2, 210, Sr./Sr.
CAREER: Colbert owns the USC career reception record with 207 career grabs (sixth on the all-time Pac-10 list). His 2,964 career receiving yards rank third on USC’s career chart (eighth on the all-time Pac-10 list). Colbert has 6 100-yard receiving games in his career and has caught a pass in the last 36 consecutive games.
2003: The experienced, sure-handed Colbert, underrated in the past, emerged as one of the country’s top wide receivers while starting for his fourth season as a senior in 2003. Overall in 2003 while appearing in all 13 games (he started all but the California game, but he did play), he had 69 receptions for 1,013 yards (14.7 avg.) with 9 TDs, plus 29 yards on 3 rushes (9.7 avg.) and a tackle. His 69 catches in 2003 were sixth on the USC season list (28th on the Pac-10 season ladder). Although a hamstring strain sidelined him for some of 2003 spring drills, he was named to the 2003 All-Pac-10 second team. He was a 2003 USC team co-captain and won USC’s Most Inspirational Player Award. He participated in the Senior Bowl.
He had 2 receptions for 13 yards at Auburn, then 3 catches for 68 yards, including a nifty 48-yard catch-and-run for a TD against BYU. He made 5 catches for 86 yards (with a 32-yard TD) against Hawaii, then a game-best 8 catches for 81 yards (with a 10-yard TD) at California. At Arizona State, he had 100 yards on 5 grabs, with a 57-yard TD (he also ran 6 yards on a reverse). He added 6 catches for 90 yards against Stanford. At Notre Dame, he caught 8 aerials for 120 yards, with an 18-yard TD. He had 3 receptions for 91 yards at Washington, with a 20-yard TD, then had a team-high 9 catches for 80 yards (with a 13-yard TD) against Washington State. Again at Arizona, he added 7 grabs for 76 yards, then had 4 catches for 41 yards against UCLA. He added 3 grabs for 18 yards and ran 12 yards on a reverse against Oregon State. Against Michigan in the Rose Bowl, he became USC’s career receptions leader as he had 6 catches for a career-high 149 yards, including a pair of touchdowns (an over-the-shoulder finger-tip 25 yarder to open the scoring and then an incredible one-handed 47-yarder while being interfered with).
2002: Colbert started for his third year at wide receiver as a junior in 2002 and came up big. Overall in 2002 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 71 catches (second on USC) for 1,029 yards (14.5 avg.) with 5 TDs. He also ran for 36 yards on 2 reverses (18.0 avg.) with a TD and posted 2 tackles. His 71 receptions in 2002 are fourth on the USC season list. He made the 2002 All-Pac-10 second team. He also won USC’s Bob Chandler Award (top underclassman student/athlete/leader).
He had 2 grabs for 23 yards against Auburn and 4 for 52 yards at Colorado. He caught 11 passes for 125 yards (both career highs and game bests) with a 5-yard TD at Kansas State, the had 6 catches for 67 yards (both game highs) versus Oregon State. He added 5 catches for 60 yards at Washington State and 6 for 75 yards against California. He had 7 receptions for a career-high 146 yards against Washington, his third 100-yard career outing. He had 4 catches for 77 yards at Oregon, 5 grabs for 66 yards (with a pair of scores, 17 and 13 yards) at Stanford and 7 catches for 98 yards (both game highs) versus Arizona State. At UCLA, he caught 4 passes for 84 yards (including a 51-yard TD) and took a reverse 34 yards for another score. He added 5 grabs for 75 yards and had a tackle versus Notre Dame. He had a game-best 6 catches for 81 yards against Iowa in the Orange Bowl.
2001: Colbert started 11 games (all but Utah) at wide receiver (flanker) as a sophomore in 2001 and came up with a number of big catches. Overall in 2001 while appearing in 12 games, he was second on USC with 34 receptions for 442 yards (13.0 avg.) with 2 TDs, plus he had 1 carry for 9 yards, 1 kickoff return for 22 yards and 2 tackles.
He had a game-best 6 catches for 67 yards at Oregon, a game-high 5 catches for 85 yards against Arizona State, 5 catches for a game-high 88 yards (including a 20-yard TD) at Notre Dame, 4 receptions for 51 yards at Arizona, 4 catches for 48 yards versus Stanford and 3 catches for 26 yards against UCLA, including a 4-yard TD. Against Utah, he had 2 receptions for 38 yards, including a spectacular one-handed 31-yard pickup.
2000: As just a true freshman in 2000, Colbert started 5 games (Arizona, Oregon, Stanford, Washington State, and UCLA) at wide receiver (flanker) and was impressive. He was an often-used backup to Marcell Allmond and Matt Nickels in the other contests. Overall in 2000 while appearing in all 12 games, he was second on USC in receptions with 33 for 480 yards (14.5 avg.) and 3 TDs. His 33 grabs were the second most ever by a Trojan true freshman. He broke a bone in his left wrist against UCLA, but he continued to play the rest of that game (and against Notre Dame in the season finale).
He had 3 catches for 34 yards against Colorado, 2 grabs for 40 yards versus San Jose State (with a key 29-yarder in USC’s game-winning scoring drive) and 2 more for 39 yards at Oregon State. He then had 6 receptions for a game-high 113 yards (both career bests) at Arizona while starting, joining Kareem Kelly and R. Jay Soward as the only Trojan true freshmen with 100-plus receiving yards. He added 4 catches for 46 yards against Oregon, then a 13-yarder at Stanford and an 8-yarder against California. He had 6 receptions for 75 yards at Arizona State, getting his first career TD (an 18-yarder) and making a key 19-yard catch to set up USC’s winning TD in overtime. He then had 5 grabs for 85 yards (with a 21-yard TD) against Washington State, 2 catches for 19 yards (with a 12-yard TD) at UCLA and an 8-yarder against Notre Dame.
HIGH SCHOOL: He earned 1999 Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Super Prep All-Farwest, Tom Lemming All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 first team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Las Vegas Sun Super 11 second team, All-CIF Division IV first team, and Los Angeles Times All-Valley second team honors as a senior at Hueneme High in Oxnard (Calif.). He caught 25 passes for 600 yards (24.0 avg) and 10 TDs as a wide receiver on offense, had 10 tackles for losses, 5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles as a safety on defense, and returned a punt 70 yards for a score. In one game, all 3 of his catches went for touchdowns averaging 62.0 yards.
As a 1998 junior, he made All-CIF Division IV first team, Los Angeles Times All-Ventura County second team, and All-League Offensive MVP. He caught 40 passes for 920 yards (23.0 avg) with 14 TDs as a junior and had 5 tackles for a loss, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 blocked punts.
He also ran track at Hueneme, with bests of 10.8 in the 100 meters and 21.8 in the 200 meters.
PERSONAL: He is a sociology major at USC. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and going to church. His cousins are former Arizona State defensive lineman Tommie Townsend (1999-2001), who also attended USC, and ex-Hawaii wide receiver Justin Colbert (1999-2002).
KEARY COLBERT ON: Choosing USC: “One of my reasons for coming here was watching (ex-Trojan and USC career reception leader) Kareem Kelly have so much success as a freshman. I figured that I could have the same success.”
His jersey number: “When I was in high school, I wore No. 3 because of (ex-Trojan All-American wide receiver) Keyshawn Johnson. I wanted to come here and wear it, but (2002 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback) Carson Palmer was wearing it. I think I’ll stick with No. 83 now. I think I’m making it look pretty good.”
His high school being a running offense: “I had to sacrifice, not being able to catch a lot of footballs. I realized then that it was a team game. That’s just the way I think football should be played. There were guys out there at other schools getting 60 and 70 catches. I just worked hard. People still noticed me.”
WHAT OTHERS SAY: “He’s the best receiver I’ve played with. He’s worked for everything he’s got. He’s not the most physically talented, not the fastest, not the tallest or strongest. He’s a product of his work and he sets his goals high.” Former USC Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Carson Palmer
“He doesn’t show a lot of emotion. He lets his play do his talking and leads by the way he acts and goes about his business. He prepares to be the top guy. He doesn’t take dropping balls or anything like that lightly.” USC quarterback Matt Cassel
“He’s our steady, reliable guy. Keary runs this, runs that, comes underneath; he does a good job with everything because he’s smart.” USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow
Amanda Cromwell begins her fifth season as the head soccer coach at University of Central Florida (UCF). Cromwell, 33, was named as the fourth head coach of the Golden Knights program in 1999.
Since taking the reigns at UCF, Cromwell has led the Knights to three Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, three appearances in the NCAA Tournament and she has compiled a 56-28-2 overall record at UCF.
Last season UCF recorded an 18-5-0 mark as Cromwell beat her old single season record for wins (16), which was set when she took the helm in 1999. After defending both the A-Sun regular season and tournament crowns, the Golden Knights returned to the NCAA College Cup for the second consecutive year. UCF's season ended with a 2-0 loss at the hands of Auburn in the first round of the College Cup.
In her four years at UCF, Cromwell has led the squad to three Atlantic Sun titles and three NCAA tournament berths. Her teams have produced 27 all-conference selections and four National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-South Region selections. More recently, Cromwell coached Jennifer Montgomery to the 2002 A-Sun Freshman of the Year and Michelle Anderson to the 2001 Atlantic Sun Player of the Year.Cromwell's squads are also known for their academic excellence with 48 conference all-academic selections. In 2002, defender Jackie VanLooven also earned NSCAA/Adidas Women's Collegiate Scholar All-American honors, becoming just the second UCF women's athlete to earn the award.
In 2001, the Golden Knights finished the regular season with a 14-8-0 record, finishing first in the A-Sun. UCF dominated the tournament, winning the A-Sun title and returning to the NCAA tournament for the second time under Cromwell. Their opportunity to advance ended in the first round as the Florida Gators defeated the Golden Knights.
UCF compiled an 8-11-1 overall mark and finished second in the A-Sun in 2002. The Golden Knights went 7-2 against league foes during the regular season but fell short of defending their conference title when they lost a tough 2-1 decision to Florida Atlantic during the A-Sun Tournament in Boca Raton.
After winning the Atlantic Sun Conference this year, Amanda's team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year. As a head coach at UCF, Amanda has been to the NCAA Tournament four of the five year's she has been here.
A native of Annandale, Va., Cromwell earned NSCAA All-American honors while playing for Annandale High School, where she captained the team to four consecutive district titles. The school retired her jersey after she graduated.
Upon graduation, Cromwell played for the University of Virginia, where she captained the team to the NCAA final four in 1991. A four-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection and two-time All-American, she continued to add accolades to her resume. She earned Soccer America's MVP award twice, was a three-time All-South Region selection and was named a finalist for the coveted Hermann Trophy.
In her first year at UVA, Cromwell was named to Soccer America's All-Freshman Team and earned the team's Rookie of the Year award. She is currently tied for third on the Cavaliers' career goals list (35), tied for fourth on the career game-winning-goals list (11) and fifth on the career-scoring list (84 points).
Following her outstanding collegiate career at Virginia, Cromwell continued to make a name for herself on the pitch. She was a member of the U.S. team that finished third at the 1995 FIFA Women's World Cup in Sweden and an alternate on the 1996 gold medal winning Olympic Team in Athens, Ga., after coming back from a serious knee injury. Cromwell earned 55 caps for the U.S. National Team and appeared in the red, white, and blue uniform at least once every year from 1991-98.
Cromwell spent one season playing for the Women's United Soccer Association's (WUSA) Washington Freedom, where she tallied two goals and started in 18 matches. In 2002, Cromwell saw time in 12 games as a member of the Atlanta Beat. Currently, she plays for the San Jose CyberRays, also of the WUSA.
During the summer, Cromwell serves as the director of the Central Florida Soccer Academy, which is held on the campus of UCF. She is a member of the U.S. Soccer Board of Directors, and also serves on the Board of Directors for Soccer Outreach International, a ministry founded by UCF soccer alum Michelle Akers.
In June of 2002, Cromwell was appointed to the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as part of President Bush's Healthier U.S. initiative. The council will be charged with promoting fitness and athletic activities to Americans of all ages. Cromwell, who holds a bachelor's degree in biology, resides in Winter Park, CO.
APU’s Gospel Choir
APU's Gospel Choir, which also doubles as an academic course for credit, brings together unique voices with a fresh sound. Membership (by audition) is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administration and community members, making it one of the most diverse organizations on campus. The group performs for local churches as well as special events including World Vision, the Western Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature, Hands Across Azusa, and Night of Champions. Future plans include a CD recording, a national tour, and trips to Europe and Africa.
Any Ol Joe
Any Ol Joe is not your typical Southern California indie rock band. Drawing from influences like Jimmy Eat World, Hey Mercedes, The Jealous Sound, and Death Cab for Cutie, the band's pop melodies combine with introspective lyricism to create a passionate, captivating, and entertaining live show.
In the summer of 1998, singer/guitarist Shaun Sawyer had a dream to create a rock band that exhibited excellence in music and also conveyed honesty, vulnerability, and faith while taking advantage of the opportunity to share this talent and message with others.
Singing since age six, Shaun continued developing his musical talents and spent some of his time at Azusa Pacific University while singing in the School of Music's vocal groups. At APU, Shaun's roommate, Steve Heffernan, happened to be a very talented drummer. Playing for over twelve years, Steve had been a member of several percussion groups. Together, Sean and Steve decided to start a band.
Once they joined together with a bass player and lead singer, Any Ol Joe was officially formed. But after only a year, they decided to move on. Shaun stepped in as the lead singer and main songwriter and discovered a new lead guitar player in Brad Walcher. As an accomplished musician, Brad brought excitement and a fresh style to Any Ol Joe.
After establishing a new home in North Hollywood, California, Any Ol Joe began to set their sights on bringing a new light to their indie rock style. Opening for artists including 4th Avenue Jones, Pax 217, Slick Shoes, and Caedmon's Call, Any Ol Joe has seen their music evolve while playing for audiences up and down the West coast and developing a fan base that stretches across the country.
In the summer of 2003, the debut album, Changes, was released. Displaying a variety of songs from the pop-melody title track "Changes" to the mind-twisting and passionate "Confusion for Clarity," the album represents the foundational goals of Any Ol Joe to create quality music that is honest, vulnerable, and a representation of their personal faith.
With a new album in place, the band has acquired a new bass player, Dan King, and continues to take their music to the next level as they write new songs, develop new sounds, and incorporate their faith into the indie rock music scene.
Doubting Thomas Ministries
Michael Marsh graduated from Cedarville University in 2002 with a degree in Business Management. Before co-founding Doubting Thomas Ministries, he was a senior counselor at White Mountain Ranch for five years, nourishing his love for youth. Having been a three-time All-American in Track and Field as well as encountering various trials, he has many experiences to share with today's generation in order to help focus their lives on the hope of the Cross, encouraging them to run in such a way as to receive the prize (1 Corinthians 9:24-27). Mike accepted Christ in junior high while at Camp Good News and passionately strives to share the joy of being a Christian as well as the forgiveness and mercy of God shown through his Son Jesus Christ.
Tim McCabe graduated from Azusa Pacific University in 2003 with degrees in Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies. Tim worked as the assistant program director at Silver Spur Conference Center and directed the senior high youth program at Foothill Community Church in Azusa, California before co-founding Doubting Thomas Ministries. With a powerful testimony of becoming an orphan at a young age, it is Tim's passion to show today's generation that Jesus was not crucified in order for us to have a smooth life, but in order that we might live life to the fullest as his ambassadors. At the age of thirteen, after the death of his mother, Tim became a Christian at Bass Lake Christian Camp. He strives to teach others to cry out to the Lord because he has promised that he will answer us (Psalm 118:5).
"We didn't start out thinking we wanted to be a crazy rock band. We just thought, 'hey, let's write a cool song.'" This one-step-at-a-time approach to music sums up the entire outlook of modern rock band Everyday Sunday. Trey Pearson (lead vocals), Andrew Martin (guitar), Dan Hunter (bass) and Chris Hines (drums) have created an outlet to share their faith through their musical passion and encourage others to stand firmly for what they believe. Everyday Sunday are anticipating the release of their Flicker Records debut, Stand Up.
Stand Up is the musical culmination of the experiences of four young lives bursting with genuine creativity and youthful spirit. Combining straightforward lyrics with aggressive guitar-driven melodies, songs are fun but reflective, serious yet unpretentious. Energetic up-tempo numbers like "Lose It Again" depict the void in every heart and the futile attempts to fill it with anything but the peace of the Lord. Meditative, melodious conversations like "Hanging On" discuss everyone's relentless search for answers and a patient God that never gives up on us while we search for truth.
Everyday Sunday sprang from a close-knit youth group in the band's hometown of Columbus, Ohio. The group's sincere passion combined with Pearson's songwriting ability quickly established them as an integral part of the Columbus music scene. Before long, the band was opening for established acts including Skillet, La Rue, Plumb, Pax217, Earthsuit and All Star United, while landing the #11 position on the Christian Rock radio charts with their single "Just a Story" from their 2001 independent release Sleeper.
Regardless of how they are categorized, Everyday Sunday consistently strives to keep the highest level of authentic quality in what they do with an uncompromising message and determination to keep musical integrity top priority.
"A lot of people seem to think as a 'Christian' band, all your songs have to be 'Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,' or you are not a Christian band," says Pearson. "And a lot of people think that to relate to people you have to do the opposite by making sure you don't say Jesus or God too much because it will turn people away. I write about how I feel and what I'm going through. Hopefully, if God is in the center of everything I do, that will be evident in the things I write about. That's how the album is. It's about life."
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