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RUSTON, LA. > GOLF
Brandon, a senior at Cedar Creek High, won his fourth straight individual state title, shooting a five-under-par 139 over two rounds at Links on the Bayou, and led the Cougars to their fourth consecutive 5A team title. Brandon, who won the 2011 Louisiana Champions Invitational against the state's top golfers in each classification, was named all-state and will play next fall at Louisiana Tech.
NORTH CANTON, OHIO > SOFTBALL
Simpson, a senior righthander at Miami (Ohio), was named the Mid-American Conference tournament MVP after pitching the Redhawks out of the loser's bracket to the title with five wins in two days. Her tournament streak included her 1,000th career strikeout as she became the first MAC pitcher to reach 100 wins with a 2--0 shutout over Central Michigan in the first game of the championship doubleheader.
DIX HILLS, N.Y. > TRACK AND FIELD
Merber, a senior at Columbia, set an American collegiate record in the 1,500 meters at the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet (3:35.59), with the second best time in the U.S. this year. His finish earned him an automatic invitation to the Olympic trials. Two years ago Merber became only the second Ivy Leaguer to break the indoor four-minute-mile mark as a sophomore. He was sidelined by a foot injury as a junior.