ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. > LACROSSE
Kavanagh, a 2011 Chaminade High graduate who recently completed a postgrad year at The Hotchkiss School, helped the U.S. win gold with two goals and two assists in a 10--8 victory over Canada in the U-19 world championships final in Finland. The lefthanded attacker was named tournament MVP with 19 goals and 15 assists in seven games. Kavanagh will compete at Notre Dame.
PARAMUS, N.J. > GYMNASTICS
Nicole, who will be a senior at Paramus High, won her second straight balance-beam title competing for ENA Paramus at the Junior Olympic nationals in Hampton, Va., by .025 of a point, with a score of 9.500. The 2011 New Jersey gymnast of the year as named by the state's USA Gymnastics' chapter, she also repeated as New Jersey's Level 10 all-around state champion in her age group this spring.
PITTSFIELD, PA. > TIMBER SPORTS
Benedict, a recent Penn State graduate, won the Stihl Timbersports Collegiate Championship in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with 18 points in four events, including first place in the underhand chop (standing on a log while chopping it in half with an ax; 26.620 seconds) and the stock saw (slicing a log twice with a chain saw; 12.005 seconds). His win earned him a spot on the U.S. rookie team at worlds in Lillehammer.