WICHITA, KANS. ‚Ä∫ BASKETBALL
Perry, a 6'8", 225-pound senior forward, scored a game-high 19 points to surpass 2,000 in his career in a 54--42 win over Bishop Carroll that helped the Falcons reach their own milestone: a state-record 60 straight victories. Averaging 26.6 points and 10.3 rebounds, he started every game during the streak, which began in 2009 and ended at 62 wins. Perry was selected as a McDonald's All-American and is a three-time Gatorade state boys' player of the year. He will play at Kansas next season.
March 5, 2012
NORTH SYRACUSE, N.Y. ‚Ä∫ BASKETBALL
Breanna, a 6'4" senior forward at Cicero--North Syracuse High, scored 26 points in a 92--39 win over Auburn High to break the 2,000 career point mark, just hours after she was named USA Basketball's national women's player of the year—an honor that typically goes to college or pro players. Averaging 25 points per game for the Northstars, she was also selected as a McDonald's All-American this season. Last year she led the U.S. U-19 squad to gold at worlds. Next year she will play at UConn.
POCATELLO, IDAHO ‚Ä∫ TRACK AND FIELD
Dallin, a senior at Highland High, ran a 9:10.34 in the 3,200 meters at the Simplot Games at Idaho State's Holt Arena to break a 12-year-old meet record. The hometown favorite, he turned in even 4:35 splits at the 4,500-foot-elevation track to win with the fourth-fastest time in the nation this season, through Sunday. Last fall Dallin won the state cross-country championship with a 5K time of 15:40.58 and repeated as Idaho's Gatorade boys' runner of the year. Next year he will run for BYU.
MESA, ARIZ. ‚Ä∫ SWIMMING
Larson, a sophomore at Texas A&M, clocked a 57.92-second 100-yard breaststroke during prelims at the Big 12 championships in Columbia, Mo., to set an NCAA women's record and to become the first collegian to crack 58 seconds. Larson then won the final (58.29) and also collected first-place finishes in the 200 breaststroke (2:06.94), the 400-medley relay (3:31.02) and the 200-medley relay (1:36.02), and was named the swimmer of the meet as the Aggies' women's team won its fourth title in six years.
PHILADELPHIA ‚Ä∫ SQUASH
Harrity, a junior at Princeton, went undefeated at the College Squash Association's national team championships, held at Princeton, coming back from a regular-season loss against Trinity's Vikram Malhotra to defeat him in the No. 1 finals match (3--0) and lead the Tigers to the team title over the Bantams (5--4). Princeton's win ended Trinity's 13-year national title run. A two-time All-America, Harrity will defend his individual national collegiate title this weekend at Amherst.
CLERMONT, N.J. ‚Ä∫ EQUESTRIAN
McCormack, a junior at South Carolina, swept four rounds on four different horses to clinch the over-fences title at the third annual Collegiate Equitation Challenge at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla. Riding a European warmblood named Chalan in the final, she scored 87.5 points to win by 2.5 on the course's 3'6" high fences. In 2011 McCormack led the Gamecocks in overall wins for the second straight year (17). As a freshman she was named the hunter seat MVP at nationals.
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GET OVER IT
Jazz F Jeremy Evans won the 2012 Slam Dunk contest last Saturday with a jam over comedian Kevin Hart. But a harsher verdict was handed out online, where Twitter followers seconded the sentiments of @BuzzFeed, which snorted, "I hate the era of jumping over stuff.... #Yawn." Here, a visual reminder of the contest's most recent hurdles in hope that players might soon stick to just dunking it.