Brittany, 10, set three Texas girls' 10-and-under breaststroke records at the state short-and long-course swimming championships. At the latter she won the 50 meters in 37.27 and the 100 in 1:20.61. Both swims were the fastest times in her age-group nationally for those events in 1997.
Ovlina, a 6'1" sophomore forward on the Martin Luther King High girls' basketball team, led the Crusaders to a 22-2 record and a final-four finish in the state Class A tournament. Ovlina, who led King High in scoring and rebounding (16.5 and 11.3 per game, respectively), was named all-state.
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Daughters, a senior at the University of Dallas, was selected as ah All-America Southwest Conference player in both volleyball and soccer. As a soccer forward, she paced the Lady Crusaders in goals (9) and points (21). As a volleyball hitter, she was tops in kills per game (3.21).
Howell, 69, won his 300th game as a football coach when Avery County High defeated Mountain Heritage High 14-6 and then, after one more victory, retired, finishing his career with a 301-121-6 record. His win total is the highest by a North Carolina high school football coach.
Manzo, 45, won his third National Hot Rod Association ( NHRA) federal-mogul alcohol funny car championship by winning nine out of 10 national and division competitions in 1997. A sportsman racer, he ranks 20th on the NHRA national-event win list with 26 career victories.
Viernes, 38, won a gold medal at the World Cup of Martial Arts. He fought in the senior men's lightweight black belt division of kumite, a form of three-point sparring that combines 40 styles of martial arts. Viernes, who came out of retirement for the World Cup, won a European karate title in 1984.