Ben Gum, PARKERSBURG, W. VA.
Ben, a senior fullback and linebacker at Parkersburg South High, rushed for 232 yards to lead the Patriots to a 26-20 victory over Martinsburg and their first state title. He also won the Sam Huff Award as the top defensive player in West Virginia.
Elyse Lee, ALBION, MICH.
Elyse, a senior at Albion High, scored 489-55 points to win her fourth state Division 2 one-meter diving title while setting a state record for all classes. She was undefeated throughout her high school career—70 meets—and will dive for Michigan next year.
Rob Pascale, SOUTH PORTLAND, MAINE
Pascale, a senior forward at Stonehill College, set school career records for goals (76), assists (76) and points (152). This season he has 16 goals, 11 assists and 27 points, and he has already been named ECAC Northeast Player of the Week three times.
Cetera DeGraffenreid, SYLVA, N.C.
Cetera, a freshman point guard at Smoky Mountain High, scored a school-record 45 points and had eight assists and eight steals in her first game as a Lady Mustang. As an eighth-grader at Cullowhee Valley last year, she had a school-record 60-point game.
Mark Vaillancourt, MANCHESTER, N.H.
Vaillancourt, 38, a carpenter, won the World Skeet Championships in San Antonio after hitting all 250 clay targets in his 12-gauge shotgun event and winning a shoot-off. He has missed only three of 2,350 targets this year.
Shoko Mikami, TOKYO
Mikami, a freshman forward at Christian Brothers University, topped the NCAA Division II in goals (33), goals per game (1.65) and points per game (3.80) as she led the Lady Bucs to the Gulf South Conference title. She was GSC Player and Rookie of the Year.
Frank Herrelko, BOWIE, MD.
Herrelko, 90, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel and World War II vet, won nine age-group gold medals (five in track and field, four in bowling) at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. He earned a 10th gold as overall track and field champion.