BOURNE, MASS. > FOOTBALL
Butler, a 6'3", 215-pound senior linebacker at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, forced two fumbles and returned one 48 yards for a touchdown in a 34--6 win over Maine Maritime in the 39th annual Admiral's Cup. The Buccaneers reclaimed the traveling trophy for the first time in eight years. Butler, who leads NCAA Division III in forced fumbles, added seven solo stops, including four for losses totaling 16 yards, a pair of sacks, two quarterback hurries and a pass breakup.
WOODBINE, MD. > FIELD HOCKEY
Alyssa, a senior midfielder at Glenelg High, had two goals and six assists in a 12--0 win over Towson to surpass 100 career goals and 100 career assists; she is only the second player in the nation ever to reach the century mark in both. Heading into the regional semifinals, she had 107 goals and 103 assists. Last year she led the Gladiators to the state title. A member of USA Field Hockey's under-19 junior national team, Alyssa will play at Maryland next fall.
FORT SMITH, ARK. > FOOTBALL
Shaquille, a 6'2", 180-pound senior wide receiver at Northside High, became Arkansas's career receptions leader when he caught 12 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Bentonville. A three-year starter, he had 261 catches in just 28 games to eclipse the previous record of 259 over 40 games. Last month Shaquille set the state large-school single-game record for receptions (16). Through Sunday he had 268 catches, good for 10th on the national alltime receptions list.
SANTA ROSA BEACH, FLA. > WATERSKIING
Jaquess, a 27-year-old pharmacist, won gold medals in women's overall, slalom and jumping, and a bronze in tricks, at the Pan American Games in Chapala, Mexico, setting four event records and one pending world record. Her combined 3,033.01 overall points broke her own world record. The 2010 Female Athlete of the Year of both USA Water Ski and the International Waterski and Wakeboard Federation, Jaquess has won 10 medals over three Pan Am Games, the most of any U.S. water-skier.
CAPE ELIZABETH, MAINE > OFFSHORE SAILING
Siepert, a junior at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, skippered the Mariners to a win in the McMillan Cup, college sailing's oldest regatta. (The event, established in 1928 as the big-boat championship for the New England and Mid-Atlantic districts, is hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy.) He led the eight-member crew to first place overall in the six-race series, competing on Navy's 44-foot Mark II boats in six- to eight-knot winds, qualifying the Mariners for the Kennedy Cup national championship.
ZAHRI JACKSON | KWAME JACKSON
KINGWOOD, TEXAS > CROSS-COUNTRY
The Jackson siblings, both freshmen at Xavier University of Louisiana, won individual titles at the Gulf Coast Conference championships in Clinton, Miss., to lead the Gold Rush to its sixth straight women's and men's GCC titles. Zahri won the 5K women's race in 19:20.40 and Kwame the 8K men's race in 28:12.09. Zahri, 17, graduated a year early from Kingwood Park (Texas) High to enroll at Xavier along with her 19-year-old brother.
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Planking? Pitifully passé. It's Tebowing time. Inspired by the Broncos QB's penchant for kneeling in prayer "even if everyone else around [him] is doing something completely different" (per the website Tebowing.com), the fad has wannabe signal-callers striking the pose in some unlikely spots.
Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi lays his fitness on the line
Runners aiming for Sunday's New York City Marathon should know that it takes more than mileage to prepare the body to go the distance. Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 winner and a contender this year, shares a routine that helps build a strong, injury-resistant core.
Start by lowering from a push-up position into a plank, with your weight resting on your forearms. Hold for 15 seconds.
RAISE YOUR HAND
Bring one arm parallel to the floor, and try to maintain the flat plank position. Hold. Repeat with other arm.
TWIST IT OUT
Swing your free arm down below your body, and then back out to the side. This will test your core's strength. Big time.
ILLUSTRATIONS BY JASON LEE
EZRA SHAW/GETTY IMAGES (TEBOW)
RICHARD ORR (BUTLER)
COURTESY OF THE PARKER FAMILY (PARKER)
GLENN GILLEY (JONES)
COURTESY OF USA WATER SKI (JAQUESS)
COURTESY OF U.S. MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY (SIEPERT)
ED CASSIERE/XAVIER ATHLETICS (JACKSON SIBLINGS)