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Sara James earns spot in SI

By: Matt Long
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Sara James has received a lot of accolades over her four years at Oak Ridge, but her most recent accomplishment tops them all. The Oak Ridge senior and star basketball player who helped lead the team to a state championship last month was in the April 12 issue of Sports Illustrated. James appeared in the Faces in the Crowd feature that the magazine runs weekly, showcasing the top individual performances of amateur athletes nationwide. The paragraph mentioned James scoring 26 points and grabbing six rebounds in helping lead Oak Ridge to a 55-42 win over Long Beach Poly in the state championship game. “I think it’s pretty excited,” James said. “I was surprised. I didn’t know about it until somebody sent me a message on Facebook.” James was nominated to appear in the magazine by family friend John Danciart. James’ dad, Mike, knew that Danciart had nominated Sara, but kept it a secret from his daughter. “I was surprised at how fast it happened,” Mike James said. “He nominated her and she was in the next issue. I thought it was really cool and a nice topper to the season.”