MILFORD, MICH. > SOCCER
Summer, a junior forward at Brighton High, scored 12 goals in five games to lead the U.S. Under-17 women's team to the CONCACAF title in Guatemala City. With the championship, the U.S. earned a berth in the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup this fall in Azerbaijan. Summer's 12 goals were the most scored in World Cup qualifying tournament history by a U.S. player at any age level.
BUCKSPORT, MAINE > TRACK AND FIELD
Kone, a junior at Colby College, won the 100 meters at the Division III championships for his second national title; his time of 10.24 tied the third fastest in D-III history. He ran the top time in the 55-meter dash (6.51) during the 2011 indoor season in the national prelims but pulled his right hamstring in the final. In March, Kone came back to take that indoor dash title with a 6.75 in the 60 (changed from 55 this year).
GLEN ALLEN, VA. > SWIMMING
Kelleher, a 99-year-old great-grandmother of 20 who works part-time for her family's heating and cooling business, set national and world age group records in the 50-meter freestyle (1:44.10) and the 100 (3:40.00) at the Virginia Senior Games, where she became the first American woman to compete in the 100--104 age group. The owner of 11 masters titles, Kelleher turns 100 before the Dec. 31 cutoff.
BURLESON, TEXAS > BOWLING
Beam, a 36-year-old mailroom supervisor, rolled a 300 at Cityview Lanes (Fort Worth). Born with a pinched spinal nerve that left him quadriplegic, he is the first freehand wheelchair bowler to have a U.S. Bowling Congress--certified perfect game. Winner of the American Wheelchair Bowling Association's Las Vegas Invitational last December, Beam will compete at the AWBA nationals later this month.
NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. > WATER POLO
Baldoni, a junior at Stanford, made 15 saves to help the Cardinal defeat USC 6--4 for the team's second straight NCAA title. She was named tournament MVP, making 29 saves and allowing only nine goals in 10 periods to lift Stanford to a three-match sweep. Baldoni led the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation with a 4.50 goals-against average and ranked second with 10.28 saves per game.
WOODBRIDGE, VA. > TRACK AND FIELD, SOCCER
Christian, a senior at Pope John Paul the Great who competes with a prosthetic leg, placed second in discus (117'4") at the Virginia Catholic Schools meet to help the Wolves to their first state title. Born without a right fibula, Christian also won the 2012 Inspireum Soccer Award for the nation's most inspiring player. A goalkeeper, he was third in Virginia in saves and scored on a penalty kick to win his last game.
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LO-FI HIGH ART
Artist Peter Chen's baseball career was short and sweet. "I played one year of Little League, we won the championship, and then my mom made me quit because she didn't think we'd have a chance [of repeating]," says Chen, 40. That didn't hurt the L.A. native's budding fandom, which inspired his latest collection—dot-matrix-style portraits of players (such as Cecil Cooper, right) as they once appeared on old-school jumbotrons. Says Chen, "When I was 10 years old, baseball players were like comic book superheroes that you could go to the ballpark and see." To produce the work (which you can see at iconicballplayers.com), Chen uses a laminating process to adhere gold foil to black paper, imitating lightbulbs. The result is a shimmering enshrinement of the boys of summer.
PETER CHEN (ARTWORK)
COURTESY OF THE GREEN FAMILY (GREEN)
JANET CARMICHAEL CIUMMEI/NORTHEAST PRO PHOTO (KONE)
EDWARD KELLEHER (KELLEHER)
COURTESY OF SHAWN BEAM (BEAM)
STANFORD PHOTO (BALDONI)
KATY METZLER (METZLER)