[Stanford basketball forward Jayne] Appel, a standout water polo and basketball player at Carondelet High in Concord, has remained a tour de force in executing VanDerveer's triangle offense even as her scoring average (13.8) has dropped this season.Tour de force is a French expression that refers to a feat or performance, like a Heifetz recital or an Olivier soliloquy, not a person. You can say “Appel was a force on the floor” or “her performance was a tour de force”, but “Appel…remained a tour de force”? Fingers on the chalkboard.
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