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Zach Davis | Wallingford, Conn. | Football

Zach, a senior running back at Sheehan High, broke the state rushing record for the second time this year with 543 yards on 26 carries against Lyman Hall, scoring seven touchdowns in a 58--22 win. He finished with 3,588 yards, fourth most in Connecticut history. Zach also holds state marks for TDs (10) and points (64) in a game.

Brie Oakley | Centennial, Colo. | Cross-country

Brie, a senior at Grandview High, ran a 17:10.1 at the 5K Glendoveer Golf Course in Portland to win the Nike Cross Nationals title by 28.1 seconds, the largest margin in event history. In September she had a personal-best 16:44.0 to win the Liberty Bell Invitational in Littleton, Colo., the fastest time in the nation this season. Brie will run at Cal.

Roschon Johnson | Port Neches, Texas | Football

Roschon, a sophomore quarterback at Port Neches--Groves High, rushed for 246 yards on 32 carries and six touchdowns to lead the Indians to a 41--21 victory over Nederland High that clinched the Bum Phillips Bowl trophy. The District 22--5A MVP, Roschon passed for 2,358 yards and 29 TDs and rushed for 1,620 yards and 28 scores.

Hayley Mason | Columbia, S.C. | Swimming

Hayley, a freshman at Dreher High, won three gold medals at the 4A state championships, including the 200-yard freestyle in a personal-best 1:51.96, the 12th-fastest time in the Southern region for ages 13--14 this year. She also won the 500 free (5:01.50) and anchored the 4 × 50 free relay (1:40.52). Hayley competes for Columbia Swimming.

Dane Mechler | Loveland, Ohio | Waterskiing

Mechler, a senior at Louisiana-Lafayette, won the slalom at the World University Water Ski Championships in Akita, Japan, where he helped the U.S. team to gold. A month later he tied for the slalom title at the collegiate national championships (four buoys at 39½ feet off the rope). Mechler was named USA Water Ski's men's athlete of the year.

Lizzy Crist | Wayzata, Minn. | Soccer

Crist, a senior goalkeeper at Washington University in St. Louis, tied her season high with six saves in the Division III championship, a 5--4 shootout win over Messiah College (Mechanicsburg, Pa.). She finished with a 19-1-3 record and was named the most outstanding defensive player in D-III for the second year in a row.

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