Gary Trent Jr. | Apple Valley, Minn. | Basketball
Gary, a 6'5" junior guard at Apple Valley High, scored 19 points, all in the second half, in a 77--60 come-from-behind win over Canada to lead the U.S. 16-and-under team to the FIBA Americas gold medal. He was named tournament MVP. The son of a former NBA forward, he led Apple Valley to the 4A title with 15 points in a 64--61 win over Champlin Park.
Christina Aragon | Billings, Mont. | Track and Field
Christina, a Billings Senior High junior, won the 800 meters at the Brooks PR Invitational in a national-season-best 2:04. A week earlier she won the girls' Dream Mile in 4:37.91 at the Adidas Grand Prix in New York City, the third-fastest scholastic time in U.S. history and a meet record. At the Montana 2A meet she set a state mark in the 1,600 with a 4:46.34.
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Luca Cupido | Newport Beach, Calif. | Water Polo
Cupido, an attacker and rising sophomore at Cal, netted two last-minute game-winners to help the U.S. sweep Serbia in a four-game exhibition series. The U.S. hadn't beaten Serbia since the 2008 Olympics. He scored with two seconds left in Lake Forest, Calif., for an 11--10 victory; two days later in Chicago, Cupido sealed a 14--13 win with a buzzer beater.
Sammi Hampton | Vancouver, Wash. | Tennis
Sammi, a Skyview High senior, claimed her fourth consecutive 4A title when Vivian Glozman of Newport High withdrew due to injury, capping her fourth straight undefeated season. In 92 career matches Sammi dropped only two sets. She is ranked 47th in the U.S. among girls 18 and under and tops in the Pacific Northwest. Sammi will play at Arizona State.
Mike Murphy | Atkinson, N.H. | Volleyball
Mike, a 6'3" senior right side hitter and captain at Timberlane Regional High in Plaistow, had 14 kills and four blocks to lead the Owls to a 3--1 upset of 10-time defending champion Salem High for the Division 1 title. He scored the clinching point on a block. Mike, who averaged 10.5 kills this season, will play for New Hampshire's club team.
Chloe Akin-Otiko | Bellevue, Neb. | Track and Field
Chloe, a junior at Class A Bellevue High, became the second girl in Nebraska history to win four all-class gold medals at the state meet. (Each athlete can enter only four events.) She broke her own state record in the 100 meters (11.69 seconds), won the 200 (24.56) and 400 (56.77), and anchored the 4 × 100 relay to an all-class-best 48.78.
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