Bernie, a junior at Cibola High, won his second consecutive Division 1 state title at 1,600 meters (4:14.69) after losing his shoe midrace for the second straight year. In 2011 he kicked off his loose left shoe and injured his foot, ending his season. After being clipped from behind heading into the second lap this year, he stopped to put his shoe back on and closed a 50-meter gap to win. Bernie, who has the nation's top time in the 3,000 meters this season (8:18.81), also won the 800 and 3,200 titles.
St. Joseph, Ill. > Softball
Stephanie, a senior centerfielder at St. Joseph-Ogden High, scored three total runs in back-to-back wins against Peotone High (7-2) and Prairie Central (4-2) to lead the Spartans to a perfect regular season and become the state's alltime runs leader (227, now 230). It was her second Illinois record this year: A week earlier she returned from a torn hamstring injury and set the career hits mark (254, now 268). Through Sunday, Stephanie was batting .671. She will play at Arkansas next year.
Milwaukee > Gymnastics
Marvin, a sophomore at Hamilton High who competes for Swiss Turners Gymnastics Academy, won the all-around Level 10 title for ages 14-15 at the men's Junior Olympic National Championships in Cincinnati. He won the high bars and parallel bars and was second in the rings to finish with a combined total of 176.300 points. Marvin was a member of the gold-medal-winning Pacific Rim Championships team and won his second straight Wisconsin title in March. He took the Region IV crown in April.
Hartland, Mich. > Lacrosse
Ryan, a junior center at Hartland High, had her ninth six-plus goals performance this season with six scores and two assists in a 22-9 win over Flint Powers for the state's No. 1-ranked Division 1 team. She topped all Michigan players with 138 total points; she also led the state in assists, with 56. Last year she was named all-state with 63 total points, despite missing five games because of a hip injury. Ryan is orally committed to Grand Valley State.
Atlanta > Track and Field
Pless, a junior at Bates College, swept the shot put, hammer throw and discus at the New England Division III championships to remain unbeaten in D-III competition this season. A week earlier he won the same three events and was named most outstanding men's performer at the NESCAC championships, where he led the Bobcats to the team title. The only D-III athlete to make it to the Penn Relays discus and shot put finals this year, Pless is the division's reigning indoor shot champ.
Santa Barbara, Calif. > Sand Volleyball
Racich, a 6'1" junior at Pepperdine, and teammate Summer Ross, a 6'2" freshman, won the inaugural collegiate sand volleyball championships' pairs title with a 2-1 win over Tara Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux of Long Beach State. A day earlier the duo led the Waves to the team title with a 5-0 shutout over LBS, earning the first women's championship in school history.
Carlsbad, Calif. > Sand Volleyball
Ross, a 6'2" freshman at Pepperdine, along with teammate Caitlin Racich, a 6'1" junior, won the inaugural collegiate sand volleyball championships' pairs title with a 2-1 win over Tara Roenicke and Caitlin Ledoux of Long Beach State. A day earlier the duo led the Waves to the team title with a 5-0 shutout over LBS, earning the first women's championship in school history.
Photo credits: Beth Rutzebeck (Montoya); USA Gymnastics (Kimble); Aaron Skomial (Skomial); Al Fereshetian (Pless); Ron Hall/Pepperdine University (Racich and Ross)