Connor, a senior at Mundelein High, set a national high school record in the 100-yard butterfly at the Illinois state championships with a time of 46.71, eclipsing the 47.08 mark set by Michigan swimmer Sean Fletcher in 2009 as a senior at James Madison High (Vienna, Va.). He also won the 50 free, setting a state meet record in the preliminaries (19.80) to break Olympic gold medalist and Lake Forest (Ill.) High grad Matt Grevers's 2003 mark. A junior national team member, Connor will swim for Stanford.
Irvine, Calif. > Water Polo
Haley, a junior attacker at Santa Margarita Catholic High, scored five goals to lead the Eagles past Mater Dei 12-11 in overtime of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 championship for the program's first team title in 13 years. She netted the tying goal in regulation to send the game to extra time. A finalist for the youth national team, Haley guided her SoCal Water Polo 16-and-under club to bronze at the Junior Olympics last August and was named a USA Water Polo All-America.
Ottawa, Kans. > Basketball
Semi, a 6-foot-7 senior small forward at Ottawa High, poured in 26 points in a 65-27 win over Eudora High to become the alltime leading scorer in Kansas history. He broke the mark of 2,554 points (set by Brewster High's Josh Reid from 1993-96) with a free throw in the third quarter. Ranked the No. 33 player in the class of 2013 by Rivals.com, Semi was averaging 38.5 points and shooting 39.3% from beyond the arc for the undefeated Cyclones at week's end. He will play for Duke next season.
Riverdale, Ga. > Golf
Stackhouse, a freshman at Stanford, shot a course and an NCAA-record 10-under-par 61 at the Peg Barnard Invitational at Stanford University Golf Course to win by 10 shots and lead her team to a 14-stroke victory over 12 schools. She fired a 26 on the front nine, including two eagles and five birdies, which is one shot lower than the LPGA nine-hole record. Stackhouse was a three-time Georgia 4A champion at North Clayton High and a four-time state player of the year.
Winter Garden, Fla. > Water Skiing
Taylor, a freshman who takes online courses through Laurel Springs School, won gold in boys' jumping and overall bronze at the junior world championships last month in Mulwala, Australia. His jump of 178 feet tied his personal best; he also finished fourth in slalom and ninth in tricks for a total of 2,523.48 points, helping the U.S. win the biennial event for the third straight time. A four-time national champion, Taylor is the No. 1-ranked jumper in the world among boys 18 and under.
Freeport, Ill. > Basketball
Sophie, a 6-foot-1 senior forward at Aquin Catholic High, scored 33 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a 55-46 victory over Mount Pulaski High to lift the Bulldogs to their second straight Class 1A state championship. Named the state tournament MVP this year and last, when she helped Aquin win its first title, she holds 17 records in Illinois tournament finals play. Sophie averaged a double double with 20.3 points and 11.1 boards this season. She will play at Arizona State.
Photo credits: Linda Black (Black); Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Wan); (Ron Clevenger (Ojeleye); Stanford Athletics (Stackhouse); Lynn Novakofski (Garcia); Kurt Koester Studio (Brunner)