Rawle Alkins | Brooklyn | Basketball
Rawle, a 6'5" junior small forward at Christ the King High in Queens, N.Y., had 28 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and five steals in an 87--56 victory over St. Rita High (Chicago) at the Chicago Elite Classic. Ranked among the top 30 players in the class of 2016, Rawle has helped the Royals win back-to-back Class AA state titles.
Abbey Weitzeil | Saugus, Calif. | Swimming
Abbey, a senior at Saugus High, set a U.S. 100-yard freestyle record (46.29) leading off Canyons Aquatic Club's 400-free relay at the short-course winter junior nationals in Federal Way, Wash. At worlds this month she won medals in three relays, including gold in the mixed 200-meter free, which she anchored to a world record (1:28.57).
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Zahid Valencia | Pico Rivera, Calif. | Wrestling
Zahid, a senior at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, beat Myles Martin of McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) 2--1 in a tiebreaker to take the 182-pound title at the Walsh Ironman finals in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He is only the second four-time champion in tournament history. Ranked No. 1 in his weight class, Zahid will compete for Arizona State.
Mary Boken | Wheaton, Ill. | Volleyball
Mary, a 6'2" senior outside hitter at St. Francis High, had eight kills to lead the Spartans to a 25--18, 25--23 victory over Joliet Catholic Academy for a third straight Class 3A state title. She is the first girls' player in Illinois history to earn a medal all four years; as a freshman she helped St. Francis take bronze. Mary will play for Clemson.
Danny McClintick | Agoura Hills, Calif. | Water Polo
McClintick, a junior utility at UCLA, led all scorers with four goals and assisted on the game-winner with 34 seconds left to lead the Bruins to their ninth NCAA title, a 9--8 victory over six-time defending champion USC. Named tournament MVP, McClintick finished the season third on the team in scoring, with 41 goals.
Maya Wasowicz | New York City | Basketball, Karate
Wasowicz, a junior guard-forward at Division III NYU, has co-captained the Violets to an 8--0 start and a Top 10 ranking, averaging 6.8 points. In November she competed at the karate world championships in Bremen, Germany, finishing seventh in the elite Kumite 68-kg division; she had qualified for worlds by taking gold at nationals in Reno in July.
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