Sam Burgess, Bath, Me. high school junior, whose hobby is lobstering ("It's great for your leg muscles"), won the Maine Interscholastic Cross Country title for the second year in a row, in 12:05.4 for two miles 600 yards, rates as state's top long-distance prospect.
Jack Kiser, Lincolnton, N.C. basketball coach, retires next week after 30 years of coaching. Kiser counts more than 1,000 victories in basketball, as well as in football and baseball. Finest achievement: his Lincolnton girls' basketball team had 350 wins in 374 games.
John Nachtsheim, junior halfback at Minnesota (Duluth), playing all season with a dislocated shoulder that popped out of place five times, scored 17 touchdowns and 10 extra points to break his school's mark set two years ago by Dick Pesonen, now of the Vikings.
Sarah Nutting, 17, of Louisville, rode a 17-year-old horse named Storm Cloud to national title in the good hands event at the National Horse Show in New York's Madison Square Garden. Sarah was trained by Helen Crabtree, who also trained 1960 winner.
November 27, 1961
Joseph Grayson, called Puddin' because he loves chocolate pudding, 13, 118 pounds, led McKeesport (Pa.) Little Tigers to the Allegheny County Midget football title for fifth year and a spot in Milk Bowl, with 46 touchdowns and 2,392 yards in 11 games.
Vance Heafner, 7-year-old son of Ryder Cup Golfer Clayton Heafner, took up where his dad left off, broke 50 on Charlotte, N.C. course for nine holes. Says Vance, who drives a ball 150 yards, "I do all right until I hit the green. My putter gives me trouble."