GRANADA HILLS, CALIF. > TRACK AND FIELD
Nia, a freshman at Bishop Alemany High, won gold in the youth girls' (ages 13--14) shot put at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics in Wichita, Kans., and at the AAU National Junior Olympics in New Orleans a week later, where she broke the AAU national record for her age group. Nia put the shot 50'5" in the preliminary round, and then reset the mark with a 51'6¼" effort in the finals.
LENOX, IOWA > BASEBALL
Ethan, a recent graduate of Martensdale--St. Mary's High, pitched four shutout innings in relief, allowing just one hit before ending the game with a strikeout, as the Blue Devils defeated Kee High for the Class 1A state title, capping an undefeated season and extending their winning streak to 87, a national record. Ethan had a 0.89 ERA in 16 appearances and was named 1A all-state team captain.
FULTON, MISS. > GOLF
Ally, a recent graduate of Itawamba Agricultural High, won the Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship girls' title by nine strokes with a four-under-par 284 at Reunion Golf Club in Madison, Miss. In June she won the state women's amateur crown and in May became the first girl to earn a Mississippi state title while competing in the boys' division. She will play at Mississippi State in the fall.
ASHLAND, ORE. > FOOTBALL
Danial, a sophomore quarterback playing in his varsity debut for Ashland High, completed 19 of 23 passes for 173 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 39 yards to lead the Grizzlies to their first win after five straight losses against the Japan All-Star team in the Pacific Rim Bowl. The biennial game, established in 1988, is alternately played in Oregon and Osaka, Japan.
PLEASANT GROVE, CALIF. > WATER SKIING
Fausold, a 56-year-old skiwear sales representative, swept gold medals in the women's 5 division (ages 53--59) slalom, tricks and jumping to win the overall title at the Goode Water Ski Nationals in Wilmington, Ill. (3,027.5 points). Last fall she took second in the 35-and-over age group at the Senior Worlds in Italy and in the 45-and-over age group at the Senior Pan American Championships in Chile.
SAN DIEGO > TENNIS
Hirshman, a recent Stanford graduate who had a 56--18 career dual-match record, including 11--4 at the No. 5 singles spot this year, was selected to captain Team USA at the World University Games in Shenzen, China, this week. A mathematics and economics double major, he had a 3.99 grade point average and was an NCAA Elite 88 Award winner and a Pac-10 All-Academic selection.
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THEY SAID IT
"The coach at Southern Miss.... Aw, s---, I can't tell you his name right now."
STEVE SPURRIER South Carolina football coach, in the same interview in which he announced he had suspended quarterback Stephen Garcia for using a four-letter word at a school-sponsored event.
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