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Faces in the Crowd


COLOR PHOTO: KYLE CHRISTY Phil Raschker, ATLANTA Track and Field Raschker, 53, an accountant, dominated the women's 50-54 age group at the national masters' outdoor championships, winning all 10 events she entered, including the pentathlon (4,252 points), the 100- and 200-meter dashes (13.10 and 27.97 seconds, respectively), and the pole vault (9'1").

COLOR PHOTO: KATHY BORCHERS Ryan Thibault, TIVERTON, R.I. Motorcycle Racing Ryan, 13, drove his Kawasaki KX80 up a 190-foot, 65-degree hill in 8.861 seconds to win his third 85-cc title, this one in the 12-15 age group, at the national amateur hillclimb championship. In the 125-cc competition he finished second in 6.817, as the youngest entrant in the field of 39.

COLOR PHOTO: TRACY FRANKEL Paul Oseguera, ENCINITAS, CALIF. Baseball Paul, 16, was named MVP of the Connie Mack World Series after pitching the champion Encinitas Reds past South Troy (N.Y.) 11-1, allowing three hits and striking out 15 in his second complete-game victory of the series. He had an 0.50 ERA and 23 strikeouts in his 18 innings.

COLOR PHOTO: GEOFF SCHEERER Atsushi Yoshinaga, LOMBARD, ILL. Judo Atsushi, 16, won a junior national title for the second straight year by taking the 90-kg crown in the 15-16 age group. He then finished third at the Junior Olympics, an event at which he won gold last year, even though a muscle spasm in his back forced him to withdraw.

COLOR PHOTO: D.C. GOINGS James Martone, TROY, MICH. Swimming James, who recently turned 13, won every freestyle event he entered this year, including the 11-12-year-old boys' 50 meters at the Northwest Suburban Swim League championship, which he swam in 28.80 seconds. He has won league titles in three age groups in five seasons.

COLOR PHOTO: DAVID WEAVER Mike Sisk, MULBERRY, KANS. Weightlifting Mike, a senior at Northeast High in Arma who began lifting two years ago as training for football, won the state Class 2A high school weightlifting title in the 220-pound class. A two-way player for the Vikings at fullback and defensive end, he has been a starter for four years.