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Kenzie Knuckles | Muncie, Ind. | Volleyball

Kenzie, a 5'8" junior at Yorktown High, had 11 kills and 16 digs in a three-set win over Noblesville, lifting the Tigers to their first Class 4A regional title. Through 38 matches she leads the team in kills (543) and digs (504). Last year Kenzie had a state-record 30 kills in the 3A championship match. She has committed to Nebraska.

Layne Hatcher | Little Rock | Football

Layne, a senior quarterback at Pulaski Academy, threw for a state-record 757 yards and six touchdowns and ran for three more scores in an 86--56 win over Little Rock Christian. He led the Bruins to 991 total yards, a national mark, and made two successful onside kicks. Through eight games Layne has 3,566 passing yards and 42 TDs.

Kacie Smith | Norwood, Mass. | Field Hockey

Smith, a junior forward at Stonehill College, had her ninth hat trick of the season, including the decisive goal with 1:50 left, in a 4--3 win over Pace. At week's end Smith led Division II with 39 goals and 17 assists and was seven points shy of the D-II single-season record of 102. In 2016, Smith finished second in D-II in goals (22) and points (49).

Mary Wise | Gainesville, Fla. | Volleyball

Wise, 58, led No. 1 Florida to a sweep of Texas A&M for her 887th career win, the most by a women's coach in Division I history. Her total ranks eighth all time among D-I coaches and 14th across all divisions. Wise, who first coached Iowa State at age 21, has guided the Gators to seven final fours and won 14 SEC coach of the year awards.

Malik Timmons | Wingate, N.C. | Soccer

Malik, a senior striker at Forest Hills High, had six goals and an assist in a 9--0 win over Anson, his fourth six-goal game this year. He has scored in each of the Yellow Jackets' first 20 matches, piling up 58 goals, a conference record, and 124 points. Last season Malik netted 40 goals in 24 games. He's the school's all-time leading goal scorer, with 106.

Hannah Dorman | Happy Valley, Calif. | Cross-country

Dorman, a senior at Chico State, finished the 6K in 20:50.2 to take the California Collegiate Athletic Association championship by 16.2 seconds and lead the Wildcats to their 10th straight conference title. She was named CCAA athlete of the year. At the NCAAs last season Dorman finished fourth in the 10,000 meters (35:03.2).

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