NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. > GOLF
Matt, a recent graduate of North Augusta High, shot a four-under-par 276 to win by one stroke at the American Junior Golf Association's FootJoy Invitational at Cardinal Country Club (Greensboro, N.C.). The victory qualified him for the Wyndham Championship in August, his first PGA Tour event. The AJGA's No. 2--ranked golfer, Matt won the Polo Golf Junior Classic and the Jones Cup Junior Invitational last year and the individual 4A state title this spring. He will play for South Carolina.
BILLINGS, MONT. > TRACK AND FIELD
Danielle, as a senior at Billings High, earned repeat Montana 2A titles in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She set a state record in the 800 (2:08.31), while running in light snow; a week later she won the same event with temperatures in the 90s, at the Great Southwest Invitational in Albuquerque. Danielle then took silver in the 800 at the USATF junior championships in Bloomington, Ind., with a 2:05.06 finish to qualify for the world juniors in Barcelona later this month. She will run at Notre Dame.
SUWANEE, GA. > SOCCER
Bakawsu, as a junior striker at Lambert High, scored four goals in a 5--0 defeat of Greenbrier High in the 4A state final. He had 44 goals and 13 assists to lead the Longhorns to the only undefeated season in Georgia (23--0) and the program's first championship in only its third year. An exchange student from the Gambia who came to the U.S. two years ago, Bakawsu lives with a teammate's family. He was named the state player of the year by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
GINA MEDINA VAN ARSDALL
GLENDALE, ARIZ. > SOFTBALL
Van Arsdall, a sophomore righthander at Phoenix College and a 37-year-old mother of four, threw a complete game for a 5--1 victory in the first of two finals against defending champion LSU-Eunice, helping the Bears win the national junior college Division II title. In 1997 she set a (still standing) school record with a 0.67 ERA before suspending her studies to be a full-time mom. Van Arsdall, who went 28--5 this season with a 2.05 ERA, will return next year as a student and assistant coach.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. > SURFING
Silva, as a sophomore at MiraCosta College, won the National Scholastic Surfing Association college shortboard finals at Salt Creek in Dana Point, Calif., to lead the Spartans to their second straight national championship. He had single-wave scores of 9.20 and 7.83 (out of 10) in his final heat to win the individual title by 4.6 points and was awarded the Chuck Allen Memorial Trophy as college surfing's most outstanding rider. Silva made both the shortboard and longboard finals last year.
GABRIELLE CLARK CHICAGO
DILLON POTTISH EAST QUOGUE, N.Y. > TENNIS
Clark, as a sophomore at Emory, and Pottish, as a senior, won their respective individual titles to become the fourth pair of women's and men's tennis champs in Division III history from the same school. Clark, the first African-American to win a women's singles title in any division, upset Middlebury's top-seeded Lok-Sze Leung 6--2, 7--6. Pottish, last year's national runner-up, defeated Nicholas Ballou of Cal Lutheran 6--2, 1--6, 6--2.
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IMAGES OF AN ERA
On each page of Golden Boys, the latest book of baseball paintings by Andy Jurinko, the game of the artist's youth comes to life. In the book, Jurinko, who died last year at age 71, vividly depicts a postwar boom bookended in the collection by Enos Slaughter's Mad Dash in the 1946 World Series and Roberto Clemente's scaling the Wrigley Field ivy in '60. The oil images are warm and richly colored, capturing in detail stars such as Willie Mays (right) as well as bygone ballparks such as Washington's shadowy Griffith Stadium. Also included are familiar scenes of triumph: Bill Mazeroski nearing home, Bobby Thomson swarmed by Giants and 1950's pennant-winning Whiz Kid Phillies—the team that captured an 11-year-old Jurinko's heart forever.
ANDY JURINKO (PAINTING)
RAY DARREN NESMITH (NESMITH)
TONY SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY (ARAGON)
COURTESY OF LAMBERT SOCCER (KINTEH)
PHOENIX COLLEGE SPORTS DEPARTMENT (VAN ARSDALL)
COURTESY OF THE SILVA FAMILY (SILVA)
EMORY SPORTS INFORMATION (CLARK)
EMORY SPORTS INFORMATION (POTTISH)