Jake, a sophomore pitcher at Rockwall-Heath High, is 2--0 with 23 strikeouts and six hits allowed through three rounds of the state Class 4A playoffs. He also has two postseason home runs for the Hawks, the nation's top-ranked team. This season Jake is 9--0 overall, with 93 strikeouts and a 0.74 ERA, and has thrown a no-hitter.
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WORCESTER, MASS. > Softball
Melkonian, a freshman infielder at Clark University, led the Cougars in runs scored (39) and stolen bases (7) and was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference rookie of the year. She earned the same honor after field hockey season when as a forward she led the team in points (45) and the league in goals (1.19) and points (2.81) per game.
TAYLOR, TEXAS > Track and Field
Mark, a senior at Taylor High, won the triple jump (49'8¾") for the second straight year and the long jump (23'5¾") and was second in the high jump (6'6") at the state Class 3A championships. His outdoor personal best of 51'5¾" in the triple jump, set at the Class 3A Region III finals, is the top mark in the country this year.
RALEIGH > Team Handball