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Moments to Remember

Looking back at a surprising year that kept the high in high school sports

Inspiring He was the team manager, and he's autistic, so Jason McElwain (above) never got to play. But on Feb. 15, with McElwain's Greece Athena High (Rochester, N.Y.) up by 20 points against Spencerport (N.Y.), coach Jim Johnson sent in the very excited senior. McElwain air-balled his first shot and missed a layup. But then he connected on six three-pointers and a two-pointer to finish with 20 points in under four minutes. "I was just hitting them like they were free throws," said McElwain, who in June sold Columbia Pictures the rights to his life story.

Controversial Murry Bergtraum (New York City) senior guard Epiphanny Prince (right) scored a national-record 113 points in a 137--32 win on Feb. 1 over Brandeis (New York City). Bergtraum took heat for running up the score, but the coach said, "She had a chance to break the record, so we let her go."

Bold On Feb. 4, Michaela Hutchison, a sophomore at Skyview (Alaska) High in the 103-pound class, became the first girl to win a state wrestling title competing against boys.

Swift Breaking a 17-year-old national record set by five-time Olympic champ Janet Evans, Kate Ziegler, a senior at Bishop O'Connell in North Arlington, Va., won the 500-yard freestyle at the Washington Metros Championships on Feb. 25 in 4:33.35. Ziegler finished 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.

Prolific In a match against Barnstable (Mass.) High on May 17, senior attack Max Quinzani (below) of Duxbury (Mass.) High became the state's career points leader. He finished his career with 577 points, a new alltime national lacrosse record.

Unhittable Throwing just 73 pitches, Highland Park High (Dallas, Texas) senior southpaw Clayton Kershaw struck out all 15 batters he faced in a five inning win over Northwest High (Justin, Texas) on May 19.

Handy Blythewood (S.C.) High junior wide receiver Marquan Jones (above) tied a national record with eight TD catches in an 84--41 Nov. 3 playoff victory over Blue Ridge (S.C.) High.

Tough Kettering Alter (Dayton, Ohio) junior Holly Mangold became the first female nonkicker to play in an Ohio Division III prep football game on Aug. 25. The 5'9", 310-pound linewoman played offense and defense against Fairmont (Ohio).

Explosive Mira Costa High (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) senior Alix Klineman (right) had 28 kills and eight digs in a win over Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) on Dec. 2. The 6'4" outside hitter is headed to Stanford.

Impenetrable Dimitrios Telonis, a Manlius Pebble Hill (DeWitt, N.Y.) senior goalie, saved nine shots in a 1--0 win over Faith Heritage (Syracuse, N.Y.) on Oct. 13. It was his 75th career shutout, a national record.

Slippery Matewan (W.Va.) High senior running back Paul McCoy ran for 661 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 64--0 win over Burch High (Delbarton, W.Va.) on Sept. 29.

Coveted Ending months of speculation, Huntington (W.Va.) senior point guard O.J. Mayo, the nation's most highly recruited hoops star, signed a letter of intent with USC on Nov. 15.

THE BEST IN STATE

Independence (Charlotte) (16--0) earned its seventh straight state title by beating Riverside (Durham, N.C.) (11--5), 49--19, in the Class 4AA state final. It was the 108th straight win for the Patriots, who have the longest current winning streak in the nation and the second longest in history behind De La Salle's (Concord, Calif.) string of 151 wins, which ended in 2003.... Lakeland (Fla.) (15--0) edged St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale), 45--42, in double overtime in the Class 5A state championship last Friday. It was Lakeland's third consecutive state title and 45th consecutive victory. The game ended when St. Thomas Aquinas (12--2) failed to convert on a fourth-and-goal situation from the one-yard line.... Prattville (Ala.) (15--0) shocked preseason No. 1 Hoover (Ala.) (14--2) last Friday in the Class 6A state final 35--21. The win snapped Hoover's streak of four consecutive state titles.... Jesuit (Portland) (13--0) defended its state title by crushing Southridge (Beaverton, Ore.) (9--5), 56--7, last Saturday in the Class 6A state final. Jesuit senior running back Paul Weatheroy had 1,045 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns in four playoff games.... Jenks (Okla.) High (13--1) won its 11th state championship last Friday by defeating Enid (9--5), 28--7. The Trojans dedicated their win to Garrett Bennett, a senior offensive lineman who was killed in a car accident in August.

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