Debbie Smith, 8, a 54-pound fourth-grader from Hampton, Va., rolled a 501 series with games of 165, 178 and 158 on her father's lanes. A bowler for two years, Debbie has a high game of 198 and a 533 series in practice and a 191 game and a 127 average in a league.
Mike Roberts of Dayton stands only 4'11", but he threw five no-hitters and 11 one-hitters in a league for 11- and 12-year-olds, compiling a 23-4 record. His team won the championship when he threw two no-hitters on the same day, striking out 25 batters.
Mark Fitch, who will be a freshman at the University of Wyoming, was all-state in high school football and basketball, Wyoming's best all-round high school cowboy, a state record breaker in the pole vault and triple jump and valedictorian of his class.
Billy Chao, 12, of Palo Alto, Calif., a candidate for future Olympic swim competition, won the Junior Olympic 100-meter butterfly in his age group and then took 9.2 seconds off the national junior record for the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:27.4.
September 7, 1969
Fern Gardner, a Utah Stale physical education teacher, pitched her team to its ninth consecutive Rocky Mountain regional Softball title and had a season record of 31-6, an ERA of 0.34 and only 25 walks in 257‚Öì innings. She was the tournament's MVP.
Mark Mills, a junior at Topeka (Kans.) High School, made two holes-in-one within six days. He got the first in practice with a 196-yard three-wood and celebrated his 16th birthday with the second, which came in the City Junior Tournament and helped him finish fourth.