BEREA, OHIO > TRACK AND FIELD
Donovan, a senior at Berea High, won the indoor 60-meter hurdles in a U.S. high school record 7.57 seconds at the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle. Two weeks later he won the indoor national title in the same event (7.70). Last June, Donovan defended his outdoor 300-meter hurdles Division I state title and was named Ohio's Gatorade track and field boys' athlete of the year. He will run next year for Ohio State.
March 19, 2012
MIAMI, OKLA. > GYMNASTICS
Charity, a high school junior who takes online classes and trains at Dynamo Gymnastics in Oklahoma City, won the Nastia Liukin Cup all-around title at Madison Square Garden (38.075 points). She placed second in the vault, tied for second in uneven bars and balance beam, and was sixth in floor exercise. Last May, she won the all-around Level 10 title for her age group at the Junior Olympic Championships.
NEW MARKET, ALA. > WRESTLING
Ben, a senior at Buckhorn High, bested Thompson High's Brewer Gilliland in an 11--3 major decision in the 132-pound Class 6A finals for his second straight state title and for a Wrestling USA national-career-record 326 victories. Ben, who was 63--2 this season, started wrestling for the varsity at 103 pounds in seventh grade. He broke the state-career wins record with his 276th victory earlier this year.
MILTON, FLA. > SOFTBALL
Katie, a senior at Milton High, struck out 22 batters in 10 innings for a 3--1 victory over Navarre High, her eighth straight win. She has also pitched a one-hitter and three perfect games, including the season opener (2--0, over West Florida). Katie, who led the Panthers in homers, RBIs and stolen bases last year, has a team-high .375 batting average and has pitched 134 strikeouts in 11 games, through Sunday.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS > SOCCER
Michael, a senior forward at Nolan Catholic, had a foot in each of the Vikings' three goals in a 3--1 win over John Paul II High for the team's second straight Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I state title. He scored the game's first goal in the 18th minute and had assists on the final two. The 6'4" 240-pounder also played defensive end on the school's state-title-winning football team this year.
SEA CLIFF, N.Y. > SQUASH
Sobhy, a freshman at Harvard, won five straight matches, including a 3--0 sweep in the final over defending champion Millie Tomlinson of Yale, to win the Collegiate Squash Association's individual championship. A week earlier she beat Tomlinson at the CSA team championships to help the Crimson earn its 13th national title. In June 2010, Sobhy became the first U.S. woman to win the world junior title.
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THAT EMPTY FEELING
As a fan of German second-division soccer team Dynamo Dresden might say: You had to not be there. Dynamo sold out its 32,066-capacity stadium for its long-anticipated match on Sunday against Ingolstadt, and it then played to a 0--0 draw surrounded by ... no one. Because of "fan excesses and abuse of fireworks" by Dresden supporters at a match last fall, the German soccer federation ordered that no spectators be allowed in Gl√ºcksgas Stadium for Sunday's game. But in a show of team spirit, the Dynamo faithful bought up every "ghost ticket," ensuring an official, if phantom, sellout, and then gathered to watch the game on giant screens outside the stadium.