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Aliyah Boston | Worcester, Mass. | Basketball

Aliyah, a 6'4" rising junior forward at Worcester Academy, had 15 points and six rebounds to lift the under-16 U.S. team to a 91--46 win over Canada in the FIBA Americas final. She led the U.S. with 11.8 points and 8.6 boards per game and was named tournament MVP. At Worcester last season Aliyah averaged 23.0 points and 14.7 rebounds.

Matt Williams | Mill Creek, Wash. | Soccer

Matt, a recent graduate of Archbishop Murphy in Everett, scored three goals and added three assists in an 8--0 win over East Valley for the 2A state title. It was the Wildcats' third straight championship. A forward, Matt scored 37 goals this season, breaking the school record of 35 he set as a junior. He finished his career with 92 goals and 47 assists.

Christian Coleman | Atlanta | Track and Field

Coleman, who recently turned pro, won the 100- and 200-meter dashes while competing as a junior for Tennessee at the NCAA championships. After running a 9.82 in the 100 during preliminaries—a collegiate record and the fourth-fastest time by an American—he turned in a 10.04 in the final. Coleman took the 200 in 20.25.

Holden Grigg | Myrtle Beach, S.C. | Golf

Holden, a rising junior at Myrtle Beach High, took the Class 4A title at Port Royal Club on Hilton Head with a two-round total of 130, setting a state championship record. He won four events this season, including the Anderson Brothers Bank Invitational, when he shot a 64 in the second round. Holden is ranked No. 7 among junior players in the state.

Tristan Wirfs | Mount Vernon, Iowa | Track and Field

Tristan, a recent grad of Mount Vernon High, became the first thrower in 25 years to win the shot put (66'3½") and the discus (190'1") at the Drake Relays; a month later he took the 3A titles in both. A U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle who will play at Iowa, Tristan was also the Class 2A heavyweight wrestling champion.

Aaliyah Ruiz | Beeville, Texas | Softball

Aaliyah, a rising senior righthander at A.C. Jones High, set a school record with 23 strikeouts in a 1--0, 13-inning victory over Cuero. She finished with a 17--4 record and an 0.87 ERA, including a streak of 321/3 scoreless innings in district play, to lead the Lady Trojans to their first state semifinal in 20 years. Aaliyah has committed to Alabama State.

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