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July 30, 2012 issue
Dondre Echols
Upper Marlboro, Md. > Track and Field

Dondre, a recent graduate of Potomac High, finished first in the 110- (13.59 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (36.26) and ran a leg in the winning 4 x 100 relay (41.08), setting state records in each event, to help the Wolverines win the 3A title. Last month, he won the 110 hurdles at the USA Track & Field juniors (13.56) to qualify for the world juniors in Barcelona, where he was the top American finisher, placing sixth (13.71). He will compete at South Carolina.

Anna Smith
Venetia, Pa. > Tennis

Anna, who will be an eighth-grader at Peters Township Middle School, became the youngest player, at age 13, to win a title at the National Collegiate Clay Court Championships/West Penn Amateur, the nation's oldest continuously contested amateur tournament in Mt. Lebanon. She defeated Sarah Shashura, an incoming Duquesne recruit, 6-0, 6-0 for the women's singles crown. In the USTA's Middle States region, Anna is ranked third among 18-and-under girls.

Sam Dexter
Oakland, Maine > Baseball, Ice Hockey, Football

Sam, a senior shortstop at Messalonskee High and a John Winkin Award finalist for Maine's best player, batted .475 and slugged .729 this season, leading the Eagles to a 6-3 win over Scarborough for the Class A state championship. He also scored a school-record 48 goals to lift Messalonskee to its first state title game in hockey, and led the football team to the semis with 1,786 all-purpose yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Sam was named conference player of the year in all three sports.

Ashley Park
Arcadia, Calif. > Golf

Ashley, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at Highland Oaks Elementary, competed in the 12-14 age division in this year's Southern California PGA Junior tour and won six tournaments, finishing first in total points. She earned player of the year honors and an invitation to the Toyota Tour Cup Series in August. Last week Ashley placed fourth in a field of 70 in the 9-10 age group at the Callaway Junior World Championship at the Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course in Solana Beach, Calif.

Ryan Patterson
Goddard, Kans. > Bass Fishing

Patterson, a junior at Kansas State, won the FLW College Fishing National Championships on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., despite competing solo in the two-man team event after his partner failed to meet eligibility rules. Over three days he reeled in 14 bass weighing 46 pounds, 15 ounces, including a tournament-best 18-pound, one-ounce haul on the last day, to win by two pounds, four ounces. Patterson's victory earned him entry in next month's Forrest Wood Cup in Duluth, Ga.

Isabella Caracta
Piscataway, N.J. > Taekwondo

Isabella, a seventh-grader at Conackamack Middle School and a second-degree black belt, won six individual titles competing in the girls' ages 9-11, second- and third-degree black-belt level at the American Taekwondo Association's world championships in Little Rock. She took gold in traditional sparring and weapons, extreme forms and weapons, and creative forms and weapons. A 13-time world champion, Isabella is ranked No. 1 in the world in extreme forms and weapons among girls ages 12-13.

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