COLOR PHOTO: CHRIS SMITH/OCEAN EXPOSURE Karolina Pierko, Biddeford, Maine Tennis Karolina, a senior at Biddeford High, won the state girls' singles championship for the fourth straight year by defeating Chelsea Gray of Madison High 6-2, 6-1. She was unbeaten in her 69-match high school career and will play collegiately at Marshall.
COLOR PHOTO: JOHN SEAVOLT Keith Veale, Mount Vernon, Ohio Baseball Veale, 42, coach at Mount Vernon Nazarene College, was named National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) coach of the year after leading the Cougars to their fourth NCCAA title in five years. During his 10 seasons, Mount Vernon Nazarene has gone 336-149.
COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL FERNANDEZ Brianne Johnson, Harrisburg, Pa. Track and Field Brianne, a senior at Harrisburg High, broke her own meet record in the javelin when she threw 163'0" at the Class AAA state championships. She won the Pennsylvania title for the second year in a row, beating runner-up Natasha Reynolds of Warren High by more than 18 feet.
COLOR PHOTO: SEAN WHITE Peter Reid, Victoria, B.C. Triathlon Reid, 30, won the Ironman Australia title for the third straight year, finishing the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.1-mile run in 8:23:10. His wife, Lori Bowden, 31, led the women's division (9:08:51), making them the first husband and wife to win the same Ironman in the same year.
COLOR PHOTO: JAMIE SCOTT LYTLE Brian Conley, Solana Beach, Calif. Surfing Conley, 19, placed first in the men's open division at the National Scholastic Surfing Association's Western Championship, beating defending champion Anthony Petruso, 17, of Malibu, Calif. He also placed third in the explorer men's division at the event.
COLOR PHOTO: RAY BRINSON Nadine Bouvette, Spruce View, Alberta Badminton Nadine, a senior at Spruce View School, won the provincial gold medal in intermediate mixed doubles for the third consecutive year (this time with cousin Lindsay Thompson and in 1998 and '97 with her brother, Wade). She also captained the Vikings' volleyball team to the provincial silver medal.