Claire Liu | Thousand Oaks, Calif. | Tennis
Claire, a freshman at Century Academy, beat Hungary's Fanni Stollar 6--1, 6--3 in the final of the Orlando Women's $10,000 Tournament, held at the Orlando Tennis Centre, to become the youngest female player (14 years, 9 months, 25 days) to win a USTA Pro Circuit event since Anna Kournikova in 1996. Claire is ranked No. 1,215 in the ITF standings.
Ahmed Abdel Khalek | Cairo, Egypt | Squash
Khalek, a junior at Bates, came back from a 2--0 deficit to defeat Columbia freshman Osama Khalifa 3--2 to take the College Squash Association national title, in Princeton, N.J. The top seed, Khalek extended his winning streak to 42 matches; he last lost in the CSA semifinals in his freshman year. He finished this season 25--0.
Daloria Boone | Milledgeville, Ga. | Track and Field
Daloria, a freshman at Baldwin High, set two national records for ages 15 to 16 at the Youth Indoor Championships in Landover, Md. Her long jump of 18' 11¼" beat the previous age-group mark by 16 inches, and her 7.18 in the 55-meter dash lowered the record time by .09 of a second. Daloria also won the 200 (25.61) and the 400 (58.53).
Jaron Brooks | Lexington, Ky. | Track and Field
Jaron, a junior at Henry Clay High, won the high jump at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City with a leap of 6' 11½". In February he broke the state indoor record with a personal best 7' 1", the top indoor jump in the nation this year. Jaron started high jumping last spring; before this winter he had cleared only 6' 4" in competition.
Mikayla Pivec | Lynnwood, Wash. | Basketball, Track and Field
Mikayla, a 5' 10" junior wing at Lynnwood High, racked up 31 points and 17 rebounds in a 54--42 victory over Seattle's Cleveland High, the two-time defending state champ, in the Class 3A final. She averaged 20.4 points and 12.1 boards on the season. Mikayla also holds school records in the 800 meters (2:13.5), 1,600 (4:56.1) and javelin (130' 0").
Eric Hsieh | Laguna Niguel, Calif.. | Baseball
Hsieh, a senior first baseman at Yale, was batting .460 through Sunday to lead Division I in hitting. Last week he went 2 for 3 with three walks in an 8--7 extra-inning victory over UMass-Lowell and 5 for 5 with one walk and three RBIs in a 23--8 rout of Hartford. Hsieh also went 5 for 5 in a 9--5 win over Towson in March.
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COURTESY USTA (LIU)
GREG BORN/BATES COLLEGE (KHALEK)
COURTESY OF THE BOONE FAMILY (BOONE)
APRIL L. BROOKS (BROOKS)
EVERETT EDWARDS (PIVEC)
DAVID SILVERMAN (HSIEH)