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Faces in the Crowd


COLOR PHOTO: JAMES ABRAM/JAMES PHOTOGRAPHICS Kala Bowers, WOODWARD, OKLA. Basketball Kala, a senior forward at Woodward High, was named the Oklahoma girls' high school player of the year after leading the Boomers to a 26-1 record and the Class 5A state title. Kala, who will attend Texas on an athletic scholarship, averaged 19.5 points and 8.5 rebounds this season.

COLOR PHOTO: MICHAEL COLLOPY Derek Fitzpatrick, SAN JOSE Tennis Fitzpatrick, a senior at UC Santa Cruz, won the Division III men's singles title and then teamed with fellow Banana Slug Nick Cunningham to win the doubles crown. Fitzpatrick, the division's male player of the year, is the sixth man to win both of the division's championships in one year.

COLOR PHOTO: DOUGLAS PRINCE Colleen Christopher, NEWINGTON, N.H. Lacrosse Christopher, 22, who recently graduated from New Hampshire, broke the Wildcats' single-season points record for women, with 66 (56 goals and 10 assists). She scored at least one goal in each of 43 consecutive regular season games, a streak she began midway through her sophomore year.

COLOR PHOTO: E.M. PIO RODA Scott Whitlock, MARIETTA, GA. Softball Whitlock, 39, the coach at Kennesaw State, was named Peach Belt Conference coach of the year for the fourth time, after guiding the Owls to their 10th Division II tournament appearance in 11 seasons. He's the winningest Division II coach in his sport, with a .873 percentage.

COLOR PHOTO: DAN JOHNSON/MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY Brianna Dahm, TWO RIVERS, WIS. Track and Field Dahm, a freshman at Marquette, was named Conference USA female freshman of the year at the league's outdoor championships after setting a meet record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:43.04). She was also conference female freshman of the year in cross-country and indoor track.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM LUZZI Steve Mocco, NORTH BERGEN, N.J. Wrestling Steve, a 275-pound senior at Blair Academy in Blairstown, finished his high school career with a record of 216-1, including 188 victories by pin. A four-time national private high school champion in his weight division, he will compete for Iowa next season.