MAINEVILLE, OHIO > Tennis
Matt, a graduate of Kings High, is the National High School Coaches Association player of the year. He won state singles titles as a junior and a senior, and doubles championships as a freshman and a sophomore, becoming the first Ohio boy to win four state tennis titles. He had a 27--0 singles record this spring.
This is an article from the July 23, 2007 issue
MAYO, FLA. > Softball
Natalie, a senior shortstop at Lafayette High, is Florida's Class 2A softball player of the year after also winning the award in basketball. In helping the Hornets reach their second straight state semifinal, she led the team with a .687 batting average, six home runs, 26 RBIs and 55 runs. She stole 33 bases in 34 attempts.
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SPRINGDALE, ARK. > Football and Weightlifting
Samuel, a freshman at Shiloh Christian, was the MVP at the National Underclassmen Combine. He also bench-pressed 405 pounds, an age-group (14) world record. He did eight more reps than anyone else at the Takkle.com Bench Press Battle, lifting 185 pounds 48 times.
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UNIONTOWN, PA. > Track and Field
Breehana, a graduate of Laurel Highlands High, is the first female to win the 100 (a state-record 11.64 seconds), 200 (24.10) and 400 (53.58) in the same Triple A meet. A three-time 100-meter champion and a two-time 200 champ, she won a gold medal in the 4 √ó 400 relay at the junior Pan American meet.
VILLA PARK, CALIF. > Tennis
Nelson, a senior at Southern California, reached the NCAA Division I singles championship for the second straight season. A three-time ITA All-America, she won the Pac-10 singles title this spring without losing a set in the league tournament and finished the year with an overall record of 31--8.
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PORTLAND AND NEW YORK CITY > Grappling
Horwich and Vetell (far left), both 29, will compete for the first U.S. grappling team at the world championships in September. Vetell is a heavyweight for the International Fight League's New York Pitbulls, Horwich a Portland Wolfpack middleweight.
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