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Faces in the Crowd


COLOR PHOTO: GEOFF HASSARD Liz McGrail, STAMFORD, N.Y. Softball McGrail, a senior outfielder at SUNY Oneonta, hit .444 to lead the Red Dragons to a 38-10 record, their best ever, and a runner-up finish at the Division III Northeast Regionals. McGrail also played on the Oneonta soccer and basketball teams that reached the NCAAs this year.

COLOR PHOTO: ERIC STRACHAN Jesse Witten, NAPLES, FLA. Tennis Jesse, a senior at Lely High, won his second consecutive Class AAA boys' state singles title, defeating Ryan Buchanan of East Lake High 6-4, 6-1 in the finals. Jesse, who will play for Kentucky next year, was undefeated in dual matches and had a 61-4 record during his high school years.

COLOR PHOTO: DAVID DOYLE Jim Barter, BETHESDA, MD. Lacrosse Jim, a senior attackman at Landon School, scored five goals, including four in seven minutes, as he led the Bears to a 16-8 defeat of Georgetown Prep in the final Interstate Athletic Conference regular-season game. Landon then won the league tournament and, for the 21st straight year, the conference title.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM SIGMON Ychlindria Spears, LULING, TEXAS Track and Field Ychlindria, a junior at Luling High, broke a 10-year-old national girls' high school record in the triple jump with a leap of 44'2 1/4". She has won 11 state championships--three each in the 100-meter dash and the long and triple jumps, and two in the 200 meters.

COLOR PHOTO: MIKE HASKEY Shawn Dulohery, LEE'S SUMMIT, MO. Shooting Dulohery, 36, a sergeant, first class, with the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, won the world championship in Olympic skeet by defeating 1996 gold medalist Ennio Falco of Italy in the final round. Dulohery also led the American team to a third-place finish.

COLOR PHOTO: BRUCE REGNITZ/VISUAL SPORTS Dan Fleming, MAQUOKETA, IOWA Basketball Fleming, a senior guard at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kans., set NAIA Division II tournament records for points, with 150 in five games, and total field goals, with 52. He led the Pioneers to second place in the tournament, their best finish ever, and a 30-9 record.