Jim Kniivila, a four-year varsity pitcher for Holt (Mich.) High, was named all-state for the second straight year, fanning 119 batters in 66 innings and finishing 8-1 with a 0.21 ERA. A tailback in football for three years, he also played two years of varsity basketball.
Ronnie and RANDY CROCKER, cousins at Lockhart (S.C.) High, pitched their team to three consecutive Class A state titles with 37 victories in a row. Ronnie, a senior righthander, is 24-0 in four seasons, with 227 strikeouts in 150 innings and a career ERA of 0.95. Randy, a junior southpaw, is 17-0 for three seasons with 154 strikeouts in 110 innings and a 1.12 ERA. Each boy has pitched three no-hitters, the most recent being Randy's in the state championship playoffs. Lockhart has won 54 of its last 55 games.
Alexandra Nicholoson, 16, of Rockford, Ill., holds 14 national women's trampoline titles including the AAU, which took place in Lafayette, La. A competitor since age 12, she also won the senior women's world title in Germany last year.
Shelly Baker, 18, is the first female to be named Hollidaysburg, Pa.'s most outstanding athlete, by the Lions Club. Winner of seven varsity letters and two-time MVP as a shortstop on her girls' soft-ball team, she led her basketball team to a league championship.
August 26, 1973
Thayne Murray, 9, of Overland Park, Kans., set a national AAU Bantam Division record of 29 flat for the 220-yard dash at the Missouri Valley Junior Olympics. He also bettered the Missouri Valley record for the 100 with 12.7 and holds state records in both.