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FACES IN THE CROWD
May 12, 1997
Kim Arnold PORTLAND
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May 12, 1997

Faces In The Crowd

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Kim Arnold
PORTLAND

Blaine Wilson
COLUMBUS, OHIO

Arnold, a junior at Georgia, and Wilson, a senior at Ohio State, won the women's and the men's individual all-around titles at the NCAA gymnastics championships. Arnold was the all-around champ in the SEC and NCAA Southeast Regional meets, thereby becoming the first Georgia gymnast ever and first SEC gymnast in 12 years to win that triple crown. In addition to his all-around championship, Wilson won two apparatus events, the rings and the vault, to bring his four-year total of NCAA titles to six and tie him for second in career rankings. He also won the Nissen Award, presented to the best U.S. senior gymnast.

Jack Vallely
NEWTON, MASS.
Vallely, 77, baseball coach at Curry College for 50 years, during which he has never missed a game or practice, got his 700th victory with an 8-6 defeat of Bales College. He also earned 397 wins in 16 seasons as the Colonels' basketball coach, making his career record through last Friday 1,110-340-4 (.763).

Doris Glenn Easterly
MIDLOTHIAN, VA.
Easterly, a senior at Miami, earned her third U.S. women's diving title when she won the three-meter springboard competition at the spring nationals. She was the one-meter U.S. summer titlist in 1995 and '96. She also placed second on both boards at the NCAA championship.

Cooper MacDonnell
DARIEN, CONN.
Cooper, 9, a forward for the Darien Mite As ice hockey team, had 120 goals and 43 assists to power the Mite As to a 54-1-3 record and their second consecutive Division I state title. His 18 goals and four assists in five championship tournament games helped the team outscore its foes 44-3.

Melanie Monts de Oca
LAKELAND, FLA.
Monts de Oca, 19, who has been powerlifting for only a year, set two national and four state records in the women's age 18-19 123-pound class at the Southeastern powerlifting championships. Her 230-pound squat and 290-pound deadlift broke the U.S. marks by five pounds and 35 pounds, respectively.

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