Inspiring: He was the team manager, and he's autistic, so Jason McElwain never got to play. But on Feb. 15, with McElwain's Greece Athena High (Rochester, N.Y.) up by 20 points against Spencerport (N.Y.), coach Jim Johnson sent in the very excited senior. McElwain air-balled his first shot and missed a layup. But then he connected on six three-pointers and a two-pointer to finish with 20 points in under four minutes. "I was just hitting them like they were free throws," said McElwain, who in June sold Columbia Pictures the rights to his life story.
Controversial: Murry Bergtraum (New York City) senior guard Epiphanny Prince scored a national-record 113 points in a 137-32 win on Feb. 1 over Brandeis (New York City). Bergtraum took heat for running up the score, but the coach said, "She had a chance to break the record, so we let her go."
Bold: On Feb. 4, Michaela Hutchison, a sophomore at Skyview (Alaska) High in the 103-pound class, became the first girl to win a state wrestling title competing against boys.
Swift: Breaking a 17-year-old national record set by five-time Olympic champ Janet Evans, Kate Ziegler, a senior at Bishop O'Connell in North Arlington, Va., won the 500-yard freestyle at the Washington Metros Championships on Feb. 25 in 4:33.35. Ziegler finished 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Prolific: In a match against Barnstable (Mass.) High on May 17, senior attack Max Quinzani of Duxbury (Mass.) High became the state's career points leader. He finished his career with 577 points, a new alltime national lacrosse record.
Unhittable: Throwing just 73 pitches, Highland Park High (Dallas, Texas) senior southpaw Clayton Kershaw struck out all 15 batters he faced in a five inning win over Northwest High (Justin, Texas) on May 19.
Handy: Blythewood (S.C.) High junior wide receiver Marquan Jones tied a national record with eight TD catches in an 84-41 Nov. 3 playoff victory over Blue Ridge (S.C.) High.
Tough: Kettering Alter (Dayton, Ohio) junior Holly Mangold became the first female nonkicker to play in an Ohio Division III prep football game on Aug. 25. The 5'9", 310-pound linewoman played offense and defense against Fairmont (Ohio).
Explosive: Mira Costa High (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) senior Alix Klineman had 28 kills and eight digs in a win over Archbishop Mitty (San Jose) on Dec. 2. The 6'4" outside hitter is headed to Stanford.
Impenetrable: Dimitrios Telonis, a Manlius Pebble Hill (DeWitt, N.Y.) senior goalie, saved nine shots in a 1-0 win over Faith Heritage (Syracuse, N.Y.) on Oct. 13. It was his 75th career shutout, a national record.
Slippery: Matewan (W.Va.) High senior running back Paul McCoy ran for 661 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 64-0 win over Burch High (Delbarton, W.Va.) on Sept. 29.
Coveted: Ending months of speculation, Huntington (W.Va.) senior point guard O.J. Mayo, the nation's most highly recruited hoops star, signed a letter of intent with USC on Nov. 15.