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May 11, 2009
Sammy Albanese PALO ALTO, CALIF. > Softball Sammy, a junior righthander at the Castilleja School, threw six no-hitters among 10 shutouts in the first 12 games she pitched this season; four of the no-hitters were perfect games. Through Sunday she had a 12--0 record, an 0.00 ERA and 214 strikeouts in 82 innings, including 37 in a 14-inning, 3--2 victory. She was also batting .486 with 18 RBIs.
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May 11, 2009

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Sammy Albanese
PALO ALTO, CALIF. > Softball
Sammy, a junior righthander at the Castilleja School, threw six no-hitters among 10 shutouts in the first 12 games she pitched this season; four of the no-hitters were perfect games. Through Sunday she had a 12--0 record, an 0.00 ERA and 214 strikeouts in 82 innings, including 37 in a 14-inning, 3--2 victory. She was also batting .486 with 18 RBIs.

Eloheim Palma
CARY, N.C. > Wrestling
Eloheim, a senior at Cary High, is the top-ranked heavyweight high school wrestler in the nation, according to Wrestling USA, Amateur Wrestling News and WIN Magazine. The three-time state champion capped his season with wins at the Dapper Dan Classic and the NHSCA National Seniors Championship, upping his career record to 217--8.

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Layshia Clarendon
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIF. > Basketball
Layshia, a senior guard at Cajon High, is California's Ms. Basketball after completing her high school career with 2,875 points, the fifth most in California Southern Section history (trailing Cheryl Miller, Giuliana Mendiola, Diana Taurasi and Lisa Leslie), and 945 assists, which rank second. She has signed with Cal.

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Scott Rodgers
WANTAGH, N.Y. > Lacrosse
Rodgers, a senior goalie at Notre Dame, led the nation in save percentage (.663) through Sunday and was second in goals-against average (6.08). Recently named Great Western Lacrosse League player of the year, he led the second-ranked Fighting Irish to an undefeated (15--0) record, which included two wins in the league tournament.

Sonya Lamonakis
TURNERS FALLS, MASS. > Boxing
Lamonakis, a sixth-grade teacher and an amateur boxer, won her fourth straight New York City Golden Gloves heavyweight title with a knockout in the semifinal and a 5--0 decision in the title bout. A 2004 national Golden Gloves champion and an '05 amateur world champion, she intends to turn pro after the U.S. nationals in June.

Brittni Hamilton
WEBSTER, N.Y. > Bowling
Hamilton, a freshman at Vanderbilt, earned NCAA All-America and Division I rookie of the year honors after rolling the second-highest average in the country (201.2, runner-up to teammate Josie Earnest's 214.9). Hamilton topped 200 in 25 games, including a season high of 254. The Commodores were ranked No. 1 in the nation at the end of the regular season.

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