HOUSTON > POOL
Bayaua, a 35-year-old bartender, won the 18th annual U.S. Amateur Pool Championship in Tampa, coming back from a 6--1 deficit in the final to defeat former titleholder Ron Park of Charlotte 11--9. Bayaua was one of just 128 players among 2,177 competitors to qualify for the double-elimination title rounds, where he defeated nine opponents in eight-ball and nine-ball matches in a race-to-seven format to reach the final. With his win, he earned a spot at the 2012 U.S. Open Pro championship.
MALIA GONZALES | LUIS MARTINEZ
RIO RANCHO, N.MEX. > CROSS-COUNTRY
Malia and Luis, juniors at Cleveland High, won their respective individual state titles to lead the Storm to the girls' and boys' Class 5A team championships on the 5K course at Rio Rancho High. Malia's winning time of 19:44.10 topped the girls' runner-up by more than nine seconds. Luis, the defending state titleholder, extended his winning streak to 12 races with a finish of 15:41.40, more than 40 seconds ahead of the next runner.
NEW ORLEANS > TENNIS
Chow and Meyer, juniors at Williams College, won the NCAA Division III men's doubles title at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Mobile. Seeded first, they defeated California Lutheran's Nicholas Ballou and Ray Worley 6--7, 6--4, 6--3 in the final. They were runners-up in the Super Bowl among the Div.-II, Div.-III, NAIA and JUCO champions. The duo had an 11--1 record in their first season of competition together.