Kevin Nee, HOPEDALE, MASS.
Kevin, 17, who stands 6'2" and weighs 200 pounds, won the teenage
heavyweight division of the amateur strongman nationals. He
finished first in each of the competition's events: Tire Flip,
One-armed Dumbbell Lift, Atlas Stones, Farmers Walk, and Carry
Decelia Willacy, BURTONSVILLE, MD.
Decelia, a Springbrook High junior, was named 2002 National High
School Gymnast of the Year in all-around, bars and balance beam
by the National High School Gymnastics Coaches Association. She
also won the all-around state title; her sister Sondra finished
Mike Pantalione, PRESCOTT, ARIZ.
Pantalione, 49, coach of Yavapai College, led the Roughriders to
the national junior college championship, winning his 300th
career game in the semifinals. It is Pantalione's fourth junior
college title with Yavapai; his career record is 301-22-9.
Taryn Howard, LITTLETON, N.H.
Howard, a senior attack at Skidmore College, led Division III
with 30 goals and set a postseason single-game division record
with five goals in a quarterfinal win against Wellesley. She also
set school records for goals in a career (76) and a season.
Andrew Blakley, ST. JOSEPH, MO.
Blakley, a senior wide receiver at Truman State, had 300 career
receptions, second alltime in Division II and sixth best among
all divisions. He caught a pass in each of the 44 games he played
and set a conference record for career receiving yards with
Sarah Yuskewich, COLUMBUS, OHIO
Yuskewich, a sophomore setter at Wittenberg, set a Division III
record for assists in a season (2,125). The Tigers reached the
national quarterfinals for the first time, and Yuskewich was
named conference player of the year.
Mikhaila Rutherford, ALAMEDA, CALIF.
Mikhaila, 14, set a world record of 1:14.13 in the 100-meter
backstroke for people with class S10 (mild) disabilities.
Mikhaila, an adoptee whose birth mother lived near Chernobyl,
Ukraine, was born missing her right leg below the knee.
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