Jerry Azumah, Worcester, Mass.
Azumah, a senior tailback at New Hampshire, won the Walter Payton Award as the top player in his division after setting I-AA career records for all-purpose yards (8,376) and points (424). He's the only I-AA player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in four straight years.
Zack Fleishman, Playa del Rey, Calif.
Fleishman, 18 and the USTA's No. 1-ranked junior in singles for 1998, led the U.S. to its highest finish (second) at the International Tennis Federation's Sunshine Cup. He upset U.S. Open junior champion David Nalbandian of Argentina 7-6, 4-6, 6-2 before losing in the title match.
Valerie Kanavy, Fort Valley, Va.
Kanavy, 52, won the world endurance championship for the second time in four years after finishing a 100-mile course through the Arabian Desert in 9:00:07 aboard High Winds Jedi. She beat runner-up Fausto Fiorucci of Italy on Faris Jabar by five seconds.
Patrick Garrett, Fayetteville, N.C.
Garrett, a junior guard at Fayetteville State, was the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's player of the week twice last month after 28-point performances against Bowie State and South Carolina. He was averaging 23.1 points per game through last Thursday.
Sarah Rivlin, Brandon, Miss.
Sarah, a senior at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, set a girls' state-meet record for two miles (11:28) en route to winning the Class 2A championship and set a course record (11:21) at the district meet. She led the Saints to their fifth team 2A title in as many years.
Marina George, Erie, Pa.
George, 21, won the AAU world championship in the women's open 123-pound weight class with a squat of 210 pounds, a bench of 120 and a deadlift of 290. She holds state records in her age and weight class in squat (220), bench (125), deadlift (297) and total weight (635).