CENTENNIAL, COLO. > Swimming
Missy, a 15-year-old sophomore at Regis Jesuit High, became the youngest member of Colorado's Sportswomen Hall of Fame and was named the state girls' swimmer of the year after setting a national high school record in the 100-yard backstroke (52.30). A member of the U.S. national team, Missy is ranked No. 2 in the world in the 100- and 200-meter long-course backstroke.
SOMERSWORTH, N.H. > Ice Hockey
Jaret, a senior center and the team captain at Somersworth High, was named Division III player of the year in leading the Hilltoppers to an undefeated season (21--0) and the team's first state championship despite having its funding eliminated last June. He had a team-high 86 points to set a school career points record (230) and help the team score a state-high 179 goals.
STEELTON, PA. > Basketball
Malia, a 5'8" sophomore guard at Steelton-Highspire High, had 19 points to lead the Lady Steamrollers to their first Class A state title, defeating two-time defending champion Bishop Guilfoyle High 73--60. She recovered from tearing her left ACL and meniscus during last year's state playoffs to average 23.9 points—tops in Class A—and reach a career total of 1,361 points.
BRIDGEWATER CORNERS, VT. > Skiing
Zemba, a Vermont freshman competing with Killington Mountain School, took gold in dual moguls at the Junior World Freestyle Championships in Finland, and qualified for the U.S. ski team by edging the host country's Justin Penttala 18--17 in the finals. Earlier in March, Zemba was named the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association's freestyle eastern divisional MVP.
HOUSTON > Gymnastics
Browning, a junior co-captain at Iowa State, was named Big 12 gymnast of the year, one year after being forced to withdraw from the 2010 NCAA championships because of a pulmonary embolism. This year she led the Cyclones in winning 13 event titles and was the conference's highest-rated all-around competitor at the regular season's end with a score of 39.175.
PHILADELPHIA > Basketball
Jones, a 5'11" senior guard at Delaware Valley College, finished his college career by hitting 66 straight free throws to set an NCAA D-III record. Named the Freedom Conference's player of the year, Jones also set school records for points in a season (586) and free throws made (186) and led the Aggies to their first conference title and first berth in the NCAA tournament.
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