38 K'S, BUT NOW
Suzie Rzegocki, a Lemont (Ill.) senior, threw 38 strikeouts in a 20-inning softball game against Oak Forest (Ill.), tying a state record—but still came away with a loss. Rzegocki, a Purdue recruit, had thrown 26 strikeouts over 13 innings on April 17 when the game was called with a 1--1 tie; the teams continued three days later, and Rzegocki (above) struck out 12 more before allowing a two-out RBI single to sophomore Alyssa Prucak to lose 2--1.
Quarterback Dayne Crist of Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) apparently doesn't mind a little competition. The 6'5", 225-pound junior, one of the best at his position in his state, has made an oral commitment to coach Charlie Weis and Notre Dame, even though the Fighting Irish already have the country's top-rated QB of 2007, Jimmy Clausen (Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, Calif.).
JILTING THE TROJANS
USC hoops fans have the arrival of top recruit O.J. Mayo from Huntington (W.Va.) to look forward to next season, but the Trojans' prize from the class of 2008 is in doubt. Brandon Jennings (above), a point guard from Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) and the ninth-rated recruit by Rivals.com, had orally committed to the Trojans but now says he's looking at other schools, including Arizona and Connecticut.
Sacred Heart (Atherton, Calif.) won the inaugural National High School Coaches Association Boys Team Tennis Tournament in Mason, Ohio. The tournament gathered winners of four regional events; in last Saturday's final the Gators defeated Dr. Michael Krop (Miami) 6--3. Sacred Heart's Mirza Klis and Erik Blumenkranz made the all-tournament team.
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