Harold Stanley, a junior at Monument Valley High in Kayenta, Ariz., turned in a 17:39 clocking over a 3.2-mile course to win the state cross-country meet in Class ABC. Stanley beat the field by seven seconds and lowered the course record by 1:21.
Dan Smith, a senior quarterback at Franklin Central High in Indiana, set a state total offense record of 6,794 yards in four years. Smith passed for 4,225 yards and 43 touchdowns, ran for 2,569 yards and 26 touchdowns. He also played on the defensive unit.
Ray Mitchell, of Toronto, averaged 199 for 60 games in the four-day eighth annual World Cup Amateur Bowling championships in Hamburg. Germany, beating opponents from more than 40 countries. He has averaged 195 in his eight years of league bowling.
Steve Paylor, a postgraduate at Bridgton Academy in Maine, led state scholastic scorers with 41 goals and five assists in 12 soccer matches as his school won the state prep title. Paylor twice scored seven goals in a game and averaged four in league play.
December 25, 1972
Vergil Fletcher, head basketball coach at Collinsville (Ill.) High for the past 27 years, won his 600th game when his team beat Triad 92-47. His son Marc scored 16 points. Another son, Mike, played on the 1967 team which won the 500th game.
Phil Lyne, of George West, Texas, retained the All-Around Champion Cowboy title by earning a world-record $60,852, topping the $57,726 made by Larry Mahan in 1969. Lyne won $6,897 in the finals at Oklahoma City with first place in calf roping and bull riding.