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Faces in the Crowd



COLOR PHOTO: HUNTER CLARKSON/ALT-LEE INC Ben Connell, Lugoff, S.C. Wrestling Ben, a senior at Lugoff-Elgin High, beat David Leitten of Warsaw (N.Y.) High to win the 275-pound division at the national senior high school championships. He also won a state title in each of the last four years and finished his varsity career with a 142-5 record.

COLOR PHOTO: GORDON R.WENZEL Don Harnum, Selinsgrove, Pa. Golf Harnum, 60, the coach at Susquehanna University, guided the Crusaders to the Middle Atlantic Conference men's championship for the sixth year in a row. He also coached Susquehanna's men's basketball team for 14 seasons and holds the school record for wins in that sport, with 201.

COLOR PHOTO: TIM ROGERS Lindsay Downing, Paradise Valley, Ariz. Tennis Lindsay, a sophomore at Xavier College Prep, beat Sarah Reimer of Corona del Sol High 6-2, 6-0 to lead the Gators to their 10th girls' Class 5A state championship in 11 years. She finished the season with a 13-2 record in singles matches. She's also a two-time Desert Valley Regional champion.

COLOR PHOTO: NANCY CARROLL KELLY Sean Raby, Newtown, Conn. Lacrosse Sean, a senior attackman at Newtown High, scored seven goals in a 13-8 loss to Fairfield Prep and had four goals and four assists in a 21-9 victory over East Lyme High. He led the Nighthawks with 41 goals this season and finished his four-year career with 104.

COLOR PHOTO: MIKE SIEGEL Nik Williams, Lake Stevens, Wash. Track and Field Nik, a senior at Lake Stevens High, won the boys' 200- and 400-meter hurdles and ran legs on the Vikings' victorious 4x100 and 4x400 relays teams at the Pasco Invitational. Through Sunday he was ranked No. 1 in the state in the 400 hurdles, in which he was undefeated.

COLOR PHOTO: BOB STOCKFIELD Andre Gardner, Towson, Md. Baseball Andre, a senior at Towson High, broke the state single-season record for no-hitters when he pitched three of them in a row, including a 10-0 perfect game against Pikesville High in which he struck out 15 batters. He finished the season with a 7-2 record and a 1.50 ERA.