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Athlete of the Week: Gage Kohner

by Matt Lincoln/CBS12

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Thanks to having the best facilities in Palm Beach County, Boca Raton High School has one of the strongest swimming programs in the state.
     Their best swimmer is a state champion on the high school level, but has his eyes set on something much bigger.
     If Gage Kohner wasn't born to swim, it wasn't too long after he came to this world that he felt that urge.
    "I kept trying to dive into the deep end of my grandmother's pool," says Gage. "So my parents thought might as well teach him to swim so he doesn't kill himself."
     Little did Kohner's parents know at the time, but that was the start of something special.
    "He's just that guy you want on your team," says Boca Raton coach Eric Hill. "Great leader, hard worker, and you can always count on him.
     Last year Kohner was an important member of Boca Raton's state championship team.
     This year, he's a state champion as an individual, winning the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle at states last weekend.
     Gage, is a big man on campus at Boca, and he's bringing that persona to a much bigger campus - Northwestern University, where he'll swim for the team, and study pre-med.
     "The training there will set me up to swim in the olympics," says Gage. "If that is in the cards for me."
     Gage has come a long way since his grandmother's pool, but his journey to greatness has just begun.
Athlete of the Week: Gage Kohner

Thursday, November 21 2013, 11:07 PM EST

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Once again the majority of matches involving seeded players are being played this evening in New York at the U.S. Open. Among those playing dayside with a higher seed are women's No. 5 Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) and 21st-seed Sloane Stephens of the U.S. For the men the lone seeded player in action today is sixth Tomas Berdych (TOH'-mahs bur-DEEK').

On the evening portion of the card women's second-seed Simona Halep (HAL'-ehp) leads the way with No. 19 Venus Williams also in action as well. Two of her seven Grand Slam titles have come in the Open, but she hasn't gotten past the second round since 2010. For the men third-seed Stan Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah) has his second round match.

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UNDATED (AP) -- Two day games are on the baseball schedule with St. Louis playing at Pittsburgh and Seattle hosting Texas. The first game has a direct bearing on the National League Central race as well as the wild card as St. Louis starts the day 1 1/2 games back of the first-place Brewers in the division while the third-place Pirates are five back. In the National League Wild Card race the Cardinals currently are holding down the first berth with the Pirates just 1 1/2 games back of the Giants for the second.

Adam Wainwright is on the rubber for the Cards and he is looking to become the first 16-game winner in baseball.

In the American League Seattle is in the thick of things for a Wild Card as the Mariners start the day holding the second and final spot.

If Wainwright fails to get No. 16 this afternoon Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers will get his chance this evening. The first-place Dodgers of the National League West are on the road for a game with the Diamondbacks.

The tightest race in baseball is the American League West as the Angels top the Athletics by just a game. Tonight the Angels are home to the Marlins while the A's are visiting Houston.

The AL Central is tight as Kansas City leads Detroit by just 1 1/2 games. The Royals continue their home stand with a game against the Twins tonight while the Tigers are home to the Yankees.

Washington's National have the biggest lead in any division, 7 1/2 games over Atlanta in the National League East. This evening the Nats are in Philadelphia while the Braves are in New York to play the Mets.

The rest of tonight's schedule has Tampa Bay at Baltimore, the Jays home to the Red Sox, Chicago's Cubs at Cincinnati, the White Sox hosting Cleveland, Milwaukee at San Diego and Colorado at San Francisco

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