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Jarred Kelenic | Waukesha, Wis. | Baseball

Jarred, a junior outfielder and lefthander at Waukesha West High, homered to lead the U.S. to a 6--1 win over Cuba for a sixth straight Pan American AAA Championship gold medal, in Monterrey, Mexico. He also had two doubles, two triples and seven RBIs in 27 at bats for a .407 batting average and MVP honors. Jarred has committed to Louisville.

Lexi Sun | Encinitas, Calif. | Volleyball

Lexi, a 6'2" senior outside hitter at Santa Fe Christian School in Solana Beach, had a match-high 16 kills to lift the Eagles to a 25--23, 25--12 win over host West Hills High for the Fall Classic Gold Division title. In July she led the U.S. junior team to silver at the U-20 championships for North and Central America and the Caribbean. She will play at Texas.

Patrick Fernandez | Surprise, Ariz. | Golf

Patrick, a junior at Raymond S. Kellis High in Glendale, combined with his Champions tour professional partner, Michael Allen, to shoot an 18-under 197 to win the Pro-Junior title at the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. In the better-ball format, Patrick contributed the low score on 14 out of 54 holes.

Ashley Hatch | Gilbert, Ariz. | Soccer

Hatch, a senior forward at BYU, had her second hat trick this season in a 4--0 win over San Francisco; her first came in August, in a 3--2 victory over reigning national champ Penn State. The NCAA leader in goals (15) through Sunday, she was invited to the U.S.'s training camp before a pair of matches against Switzerland this week.

Joe Benedict | Sandy Creek, N.Y. | Football

Joe, a junior running back at Sandy Creek High, rushed for a state-record 584 yards and had eight touchdowns in a 53--34 victory over Immaculate Heart Central High. The previous mark, set in 2007, was 569 yards. The runner-up at 195 pounds at the 2016 state wrestling meet, Joe has 2,045 yards on 188 carries with 30 TDs in seven games.

Ena Shibahara and Jada Hart

Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.; Colton, Calif. | Tennis

UCLA freshmen Hart and Shibahara edged fellow Americans Kayla Day and Caroline Dolehide in a super tiebreaker (4--6, 6--4, 13--11) to win the junior girls' doubles crown at the U.S. Open last month. The duo dropped just two sets en route to the title and upset the No. 1 seeds in the first round of play.

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