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Luke Kennard | Franklin, Ohio | Basketball

Luke, a 6'6" senior shooting guard at Franklin High, sank 34 foul shots to set a state record in a 77--75 win over Montrose Christian High at the Flyin' to the Hoop Invitational in Kettering. In December he broke the scoring mark at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with 52 points in a 96--73 defeat of Mullins (S.C.) High. Luke will play at Duke.

Alecia Farina | Broadview Heights, Ohio | Gymnastics

Alecia, a junior at Brecksville High, scored a 10 on the vault at the Rock 'N' Roll Classic to become the first gymnast in Ohio high school history to earn a perfect score in any event. She also won the other three events to take the all-around crown with 38.7 points, leading the Bees to the team title. A two-time defending state champ, Alecia will compete at Maryland.

Patricio Lugo III | Homestead, Fla. | Wrestling

Patricio, a South Dade High senior, beat defending 145-pound 1A state champ Adam Breindel of Clay High for the 152-pound title at the Troy Smith Duals in Kissimmee for his 100th straight victory (since extended to 108 matches). During that stretch, he has not given up a single takedown. Patricio won the 138-pound Class 3A state title last year.

Sariyah Jones | Modesto, Calif. | Wrestling

Sariyah, a junior at Enochs High, defeated Mira Monte High's Angelica Llanes 3--0 for the 108-pound title at the Napa Valley Classic, the biggest girls' event in the state. Last July, Sariyah was seventh at the cadet freestyle world championships in Snina, Slovakia. Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in her age and weight class, she was 22--0 at week's end with 19 pins.

Anthony Perkins | Lenexa, Kans. | Tennis

Perkins, 34, the director of adult tennis at Midtown Athletic Club in Overland Park, went undefeated in winning the men's 35-to-40 age group title at the Wilson/Mayfair Senior ITF Tour in Toronto. He beat Canada's Giovanni Schiavo 6--2, 6--4 in the final. Perkins, who has multiple sclerosis, is ranked 214th in the world in his age group.

Jackie Bleifus | Stewartville, Minn. | Volleyball

Jackie, a 5'8" senior setter at Stewartville High, had 46 assists in a 3--2 victory over three-time defending champion Marshall High, helping the Tigers win the Class 2A title. Her last assist, which clinched the victory, set a school single-season record of 800 and gave her 1,000 for her career. Jackie was named to the state all-tournament team.

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