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COLOR PHOTO: BILL FEIG Danyelle Bennett, ZACHARY, LA. Waterskiing Danyelle, 13, won the Girls 2 overall national championship for the second consecutive year, taking the slalom title with two buoys at 35 feet off and the jumping title with a leap of 92 feet. It was the sixth straight tournament in which she tied her own Girls 2 U.S. record in the slalom.

COLOR PHOTO: JON REIS PHOTOGRAPHY Nick Rowe, MORAVIA, N.Y. Soccer Nick, 18, a senior and four-year starter at Moravia Central High, broke the national high school career saves record by stopping 10 shots in a 5-0 loss to Trumansburg High. His 937th save, which came 1:03 into the game, surpassed the 936 by Brian Siebrasse of Malta (Ill.) High in 1979.

COLOR PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER MAHARRY Renee Thompson, ELKHART, IOWA Softball Thompson, 18, a recent graduate of North Polk High in Alleman, was the first pitcher to throw two no-hitters in the state tournament. She went 3-0 and allowed two hits and no walks in a tournament-record 23 consecutive scoreless innings as the Comets took the Class 1A title.

COLOR PHOTO: BRIAN SPURLOCK Kathy Nalley-Schembra, INDIANAPOLIS Volleyball Nalley-Schembra, 50, got her 700th victory as girls' coach at Roncalli High with a 15-2, 15-2 win over Shelbyville High. She has coached the Rebels since their inaugural season, in 1972, and has guided them to two state championships, the most recent in 1998.

COLOR PHOTO: LAURIE BECK Kyle Ambrogi, HAVERTOWN, PA. Football Kyle, 16, a junior tailback at St. Joseph's Prep, tied the record for touchdowns by a Philadelphia Catholic League player by rushing for six in a 55-26 win over North Penn High in Lansdale. He carried 26 times for 207 yards, and he scored three touchdowns in the game's final 6:15.

COLOR PHOTO: D.C. GOINGS Vanessa Thompson, AUBURN HILLS, MICH. Basketball Vanessa, 17, a senior guard at Lahser High in Bloomfield Hills, scored 45 points in two games as the Knights won their Tip-Off Tournament. The granddaughter of Baseball Hall of Famer Turkey Stearnes, Vanessa through Sunday was averaging 16.3 points and 6.2 assists per game.