Louis Palmisiano, DEERFIELD BEACH, FLA.
Softball
Palmisiano, 79, a retired postal carrier, was inducted into the
National Senior Softball Hall of Fame. In 13 years of senior
ball, the leftfielder played on four national title teams (all
four went on to win the World Series) and won three national MVP
awards.

Mary Kate Cordisco, BETHLEHEM, PA.
Volleyball
Cordisco, a senior hitter at Moravian College, set an NCAA record
when she scored 25 consecutive service points in a 30-2 victory
over Washington College. Her 18 aces in that match set a school
record.

Jereme Leafe, MONROE, N.H.
Mountainboarding
Leafe, a sophomore at New Hampshire, won the Big Air event and
finished third in DirtboarderX, which gave him enough points to
win the men's title at the U.S. Open Mountainboarding
Championships. In January he won the world championship in dual
slalom.

Shannon Sheesley, EAST POINT, GA.
Weightlifting
Shannon, a junior at Woodward Academy, won a gold medal in the
53-kilograms weight class at the Pan American School Age
Championships in Colorado Springs. She is the top-ranked school
age (16 and under) female in the country for all weight classes.

Joe Bean, WHEATON, ILL.
Soccer
Bean, the men's soccer coach at Wheaton, won his 545th game,
breaking the NCAA men's soccer record for career wins. During his
35 years at Wheaton, the Thunder have won two national
championships and had only two losing seasons.

Kira Costa, LEMOORE, CALIF.
Track and Field
Costa, a freshman pole vaulter at the University of California,
ended her high school career by setting a national girls' record
of 13'8 1/2" at the Golden West Invitational in June. She also
holds the national high school indoor record of 13'4 1/2".

Ryan Grossenbacher, PORTLAND
Handball
Grossenbacher, 36, a painting contractor, won the open division
at the United States Handball Association's National
Championships in East Lansing, Mich. He is the oldest competitor
to win a national open title in handball.

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