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Faces in the Crowd



COLOR PHOTO: JIM SIGMON Elena Garcia, AUSTIN Volleyball Elena, a senior outside hitter for Westlake High, was named MVP of the Duncanville Tournament of Champions after amassing 15 kills on 24 swings in a 15-10, 15-12 final-round defeat of Arlington's Martin High. The Chaparrals overcame deficits of 8-3 in the first game and 7-1 in the second.

COLOR PHOTO: W.T. HARRINGTON Steven Sim, FORT LAUDERDALE Golf Sim, 49, a utility company planning supervisor, won his second state match play championship, beating Justin Hoagland, 20, of Palmetto, one up at Cobblestone Country Club in Palm City. The 1998 titlist, Sim won when Hoagland conceded after hooking his tee shot on 18 into the water.

COLOR PHOTO: DEBORA ROBINSON Collin Gladys, YORBA LINDA, CALIF. Swimming Collin, 10, broke the national boys' 9-10 age group record in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:32.58. He also broke the Southern California record--set in 1969 by Kiki Vandeweghe, who went on to basketball stardom--in the 50 butterfly with a time of 30.76.

COLOR PHOTO: PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN Gabe Ribas, BRUNSWICK, MAINE Baseball Ribas, 20, earned the New England Collegiate Baseball League's playoff MVP award by going 2-0 with a 0.53 ERA in two starts for the league-champion Keene (N.H.) Swamp Bats. Ribas, a righthander, got both victories in games the Swamp Bats had to win to avoid elimination.

COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL FERNANDEZ Amber Dawson, ROBESONIA, PA. Archery Amber, 17, beat Christie Bisco, 18, of Raymond, Maine, 115-113 to win the junior world title in the women's compound division. She's also the three-time defending junior women's world indoor 3-D target champion and has two junior women's outdoor target national titles.

COLOR PHOTO: JOHN H. REID III Mike D'Andrea, AVON LAKE, OHIO Track and Field Mike, 16, won two golds at the AAU Junior Olympics, taking the 15-16-year-old title in the shot put with a national age-group record put of 62'9", and the discus with a throw of 175'2". Last year he led Southwestern Conference football cochampion Avon Lake High with 97 tackles at linebacker.