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Faces in the Crowd

Jeff Smoke

SOUTH BEND > Sprint Kayak

Smoke, a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame and a member of the '04 U.S. Olympic team, won four events at the U.S. trials for the world championships in Olympic sprint kayaking. He will compete at the World Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, from Aug. 25 to 28.

Debbie Ramirez

MISSION, TEXAS > Equestrian

Ramirez, a senior at Texas A&M, won her second title in individual advanced horsemanship at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association national championships. She became the second rider in Aggies history to win more than one individual equestrian national title.

Osayi Osunde

BLOOMSBURG, PA. > Track and Field

Osunde, a recent graduate of Central Columbia High, won the javelin title at the Nike Outdoor national championships. He went undefeated for the season, winning a Penn Relay javelin title and a state title with a meet-record throw (207'10") at the Class AA high school championships.

Heather Davis

FORT SCOTT, KANS. > Softball

Heather, a senior righthander at Fort Scott High, helped the Tigers win the Class 4A title, the school's first championship in a girls' sport. She had 265 strikeouts in 1432/3 innings and a 0.25 ERA. She also had a team-high .455 batting average for the season.

Victor Batista

TAMAYO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC > Volleyball

Batista, a senior outside hitter--middle blocker at Brigham Young, took his club, Bameso, to the 2005 USA Open Volleyball Championship in Denver, leading the tournament in kills and digs. It was the club's second straight title, and he was named MVP both times.

Jennifer Schmitt

TUCSON > Handball

Schmitt, 36, a junior high school English teacher, beat her sister, Allison Roberts, to win the women's open singles title at the United States Handball Association National Four-Wall Championships. It was the first time in the 54-year-old nationals that siblings met in the open-singles final.

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