Softball: Elks’ Langbehn picked for Sports Illustrated’s ‘Faces in the Crowd’

Jayme Langbehn (middle, front) and Elk teammates sprinted toward the dugout after she ended the sixth inning with a home-run-robbing catch against Prior Lake in the state finals. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Jayme Langbehn (middle, front) and Elk teammates sprinted toward the dugout after she ended the sixth inning with a home-run-robbing catch against Prior Lake in the state finals. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

 

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Jayme Langbehn, whose outstanding catches helped Elk River capture the state softball championship, will be recognized in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section in the July 1 issue.

Elk coach Stacey Sheetz notified the Star News of this development after receiving confirmation from an SI reporter, Alexandra Fenwick, who handles this feature.

Each week in Faces in the Crowd, six amateur athletes from around the nation are recognized by SI with a mug shot and a brief description of their exploits. This has been a staple of the nation’s No. 1 sports magazine for decades.

Langbehn, freshman center fielder, robbed Prior Lake of home runs in the sixth and eighth innings as the Elks beat the Lakers 4-3 in eight innings in the Class 3A finals at North Mankato on June 7. Her catches were filmed by KSTP and WCCO¬† and can be seen online on several web sites. She even made ESPN’s Top Ten plays that day.

Langbehn also went 4-for-9 in the tournament, scored five runs, hit a three-run homer in the semifinal 9-3 win over Forest Lake, and scored the winning runs against Orono (a 2-1 win) and Prior Lake.

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