Layne Kopischka has coached the Laramie (Wyo.) Senior High boys' swim team to 22 straight victories and the girls' team to 36 consecutive wins. His boys' team had a 12-0 record and won the 1976 Eastern AA Conference title and the state championship.
Joe Rothbauer, a senior at Lourdes Academy in Oshkosh, Wis., won his second straight Wisconsin Independent Schools heavyweight wrestling championship. His two-year career record: 51-1, with 43 pins. In football Rothbauer was first-team all-state at center.
Walter Schlothauer, a senior at Mentor (Ohio) High, holds all school soccer scoring records: game (five goals), season (23) and career (39). He has been all-Ohio first-team for two years and also was named to the high school All-America team.
Eileen Smith, 16, of Seaford, N.Y., won the 68th annual Race Walkers' Club of America's 10-mile walk on the Coney Island boardwalk. The only female entrant, Eileen finished with a corrected time of 1:37:12 to become the first girl ever to win the event.
May 9, 1976
Jay Reardon, a senior at Rockhurst High in Kansas City, Mo., set three records at the Washington High Relays, winning the long jump (25'1"), the triple jump (48'9¼") and the high jump (6'10"). Jay also was the leading scorer and rebounder in basketball.
Mark Schwabe, 23, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee sophomore, broke three scoring records with a 270 high game, a 731 three-game series and a 2,116 10-game total at the Association of College Unions-International Bowling Championships.