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COLOR PHOTO: DEBORA ROBINSON Nicole Denby, Moreno Valley, Calif.Track and Field Nicole, a senior at Riverside North High, set a national high school record of 13.20 seconds while defending her girls' Division I state 100-meter high hurdles title, despite having strained her right hamstring the night before. She also ran second in the 300-meter low hurdles.

COLOR PHOTO: MARK KIMBALL Nate Torra, Clarksburg, Mass.Judo Nate, a junior at Drury Senior High, won the 132-pound division at the U.S. Judo Federation Junior Nationals, beating Trevor Mallo by ippon (a throw) to earn a spot on the Junior World Team. He placed second in the 145-pound division at the Junior Olympic Nationals a week later.

COLOR PHOTO: JAY LAPRETE Geoff Russell, Phoenix Tennis Geoff, a senior at Mountain Pointe High, won his second straight Arizona Class 5A boys' singles title, beating McClintock's Colin O'Grady 6-1, 6-4 in the final. It was the third state singles crown in four years for Russell, who was 28-0 in singles play this season, winning 56 of 58 sets.

COLOR PHOTO: SHARON CEKADA Katie Karbon, Appleton, Wis.Softball Katie, a senior at Appleton East High, pitched 1-0 complete games in all three rounds of the WIAA Division I tournament--including a no-hitter in the quarterfinals against Fort Atkinson--to lead the Patriots to their first state title. She threw eight no-hitters this season.

COLOR PHOTO: ED LEWIS Bob Wiley, Ruston, La. Golf Wiley, 57, an insurance company manager, a golfer for 42 years and a 12 handicapper, finally made an ace--twice, on Dallas's Hyatt Bear Creek (West) course. He drove a five-wood 185 yards on the par-3 5th and hit a four-iron 178 yards on the par-3 17th, for a three-over 75 round.

COLOR PHOTO: FORD JACOBSEN Mary McConnaughey, Omaha Arm Wrestling McConnaughey, 40, a laboratory manager, won the masters' (133 pounds and over), women's right (177 pounds and over) and women's left (177 pounds and over) divisions at the American Armsports Association national championships. She has won 13 national titles since 1983.