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Clark Merritt, 63, a retired California tax auditor, and his partner, Robert Krost, 59, head of a public accounting firm in Pasadena, won their first bridge tournament when they took the $25,900 International Rubber Bridge championship in Las Vegas.

Isaac Whisnant, 18, a schoolboy in Liberia only eight months ago, became the highest scoring scholastic soccer player in the state of Ohio with 22 goals in 12 games for the Hawken School in Cleveland. The Hawks have a 10-1-1 record in their first 12 games.

Liz Young, 18, who is taking off the present semester from Southern Illinois University to concentrate on riding, guided Snow Cap to a faultless victory over eight professionals in the first open jumper-class event at the National Horse Show in New York. .

Ed Clark, a fullback for Appalachia (Va.) High School, rushed for 2,298 yards and set a state scoring record, with 214 points, in leading the Bulldogs to a 9-1 season record. The old mark of 178 was made by John Sanders of Churchland, Va. in 1955.

Bob Deines, a junior at Los Angeles' Occidental College who holds the one-hour-run collegiate mark, beat two-time state junior college cross-country champion Neill Duggan of USC in a cross-country dual meet with a record 21:10 for 4.3 miles.

Bennie Osborn, 29, an auto mechanic from Sands Springs, Okla., gained the Top Fuel Eliminator award at the National Hot Rod Association world championships in Tulsa, with an elapsed time of 7.03 and a 223.88 mph average over the -mile course.