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Khalil Lee | Centreville, Va. | Baseball

Khalil, a senior outfielder and lefthander at the Flint Hill School in Oakton, batted .471 with six home runs, 37 runs and 23 RBIs while going 7--0 with 87 strikeouts in 43 innings, a 0.33 ERA and two saves to earn Virginia's Gatorade player of the year honors. He was selected 103rd in the third round of the MLB draft by the Royals.

Phoebe Brinker | Wilmington, Del. | Golf

Phoebe, an eighth-grader at the Tower Hill School, shot a four-under 140 at the Rehoboth Beach Country Club to claim a six-shot victory in the state championship, becoming the first girl to win the title in its 43-year history. The only competitor to finish under par, Phoebe also led the Hillers to the team championship.

D'Wayne Eskridge | Bluffton, Ind. | Track and Field, Football

D'Wayne, a recent Bluffton High graduate, won the 100 meters (10.51) and repeated as 200 titlist (21.54) at the state meet. He was second in the long jump with a personal best of 23'8½". A running back, D'Wayne rushed for a career 3,747 yards on 455 carries and 879 yards on 65 catches, scoring 64 total TDs. He will play football at Western Michigan.

Grace Baalman | Hardin, Ill. | Softball

Grace, a junior righthander at Calhoun High, struck out a state-record 39 batters in a 17-inning, 4--0 state semifinal victory over Trico High. The next day she fanned 16 in a 3--0 shutout of Princeville High that lifted Calhoun to a second straight Class 1A title. Grace finished with a 35--2 record and a 0.21 ERA along with a state-mark 589 strikeouts.

Chris Cloutier | Kitchener, Ont. | Lacrosse

Cloutier, a sophomore attacker at North Carolina, scored five goals, including the overtime game-winner, to defeat Maryland 14--13 in the NCAA final in Philadelphia. It was the program's first national championship since 1991. Cloutier, who set a record with 19 playoff goals, was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

Aly Messinger | Mendham, N.J. | Lacrosse

Messinger, a senior attacker at North Carolina, tied her career high with six points (on two goals and four assists) in a 13--7 NCAA final victory over two-time defending champion Maryland in Chester, Pa. The Tar Heels' second-leading scorer with 69 points (35 goals, 34 assists), she was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament.

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