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Faces In The Crowd


COLOR PHOTO: SCOTT K. BROWN Brandy Bailey, Roanoke, Va. Softball Brandy, a sophomore at Northside High, had nine no-hitters, including four in a row, while going 22-3 with 16 shutouts. Finishing the season with a 0.16 ERA and 350 strikeouts in 172 innings, she once struck out 20 of 21 batters in a game.

COLOR PHOTO: LAWSON KITA Mike Benson, Tacoma, Wash. Tennis Benson, 52, won his 24th Northwest Conference Championship in his 30th and final season as coach of Pacific Lutheran. His final victory was the 400th of his career, in which his teams had a conference record of 166-18, with two 60-match winning streaks.

COLOR PHOTO: SUE CROUCH Akio Sadakata, Melbourne, Fla. Golf Sadakata, a freshman at Brevard Community College, won the Florida State Amateur championship by eight strokes. Born in Nara, Japan, Akio, who came to the U.S. when he was 15, finished fourth at the National Junior College Championships.

COLOR PHOTO: STEVE SISNEY Brittany Anderson, Midwest City, Okla. Track and Field Brittany, a sophomore at Midwest City High, won the 100 meters, was second in the 200 and anchored the winning 400 and 1,600 relay teams while leading the Lady Bombers to their first state team title. Brittany held state record in the 100 (11.64) earlier in the season.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM LUZZI Will Van Dorn, Clifton, N.J. Lacrosse Van Dorn, a junior midfielder at Kean University, led all NCAA collegiate players in points (9.31) and assists (5.75). His 149 points were 24 more than anyone else's, while his 92 assists led by 21. Will was also the only NCAA collegiate player to have two double-figure-assist games.

COLOR PHOTO: BRECK SMITHER Derek Smith, Silver Grove, Ky. Football-Basketball Derek, a senior at Highlands High, was named Kentucky's Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. The runner-up for both Mr. Basketball and Mr. Football, Derek is headed to Kentucky on a football scholarship and plans to try to walk on to the basketball team.