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Faces in the Crowd

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COLOR PHOTO: BEN WEDDLE Samantha Fleeman, PLEASANT HILL, MO. Softball Samantha, a senior at Pleasant Hill High, had 44 strikeouts in 21 innings while leading the Chicks to their second consecutive Class 3A state championship. Samantha, who hasn't lost a game since her sophomore year, finished this season with 22 wins, 270 strikeouts and a .096 ERA.

COLOR PHOTO: ROBERT C. JENKS/JENKS STUDIO Randy Feeley, HIGH GATE CENTER, VT. Cross-Country Feeley, a senior at Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, led the Hornets to a second straight NAIA Region 10 crown and repeated as the individual winner by running the five-mile Belmont Plateau course in 26:36. Vermont's intercollegiate champ, he also paced the Hornets to the state team crown.

COLOR PHOTO: FINLAY & FINLAY PHOTOGRAPHY Kristy Ritchie, LEXINGTON, OHIO Soccer Ritchie, a senior forward at Ashland University, ran her career goal total to 100 when she scored four in a 7-1 defeat of Northern Michigan. She finished the season with 28 goals and 13 assists for the 16-1-1 Eagles and is the 15th woman in NCAA history and the third Division II female to get 100 goals.

COLOR PHOTO: JIM LUZZI Janet Kim, PALISADES PARK, N.J. TennisJanet, a freshman at the Dwight-Englewood School, beat Felicia Curcuru, a junior at Wall Township High, 6-3, 6-1 to win the state singles title. Janet, who defeated her sister and teammate, Christina, a junior, 6-4, 7-5, in the semis, also led the Bulldogs to their first parochial Class A state championship.

COLOR PHOTO: BILL ABOURJILIE Tom Smith, VIRGINIA BEACH Powerlifting Smith, 55, a lawyer, lifted 400 pounds in the squat, 260 in the bench press and 570 in the deadlift to win the 55-59 age-group AAU East Coast regional championship in the 198-pound class. Smith established AAU American records for his age group in the squat, deadlift and total lift.

COLOR PHOTO: PATRICK LEONE Shannon Spease, LIVERPOOL, PA. Field Hockey Spease, a senior forward at Lock Haven University, led the Lady Eagles to their 11th Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title by getting two goals and two assists in a 4-0 win over East Stroudsburg University. She led the league in points per game with 2.82 and was named its player of the year.