Story | Jul 2, 2015 | 9:10 PM
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Story | Jul 3, 2015 | 8:04 PMWiktoria Plawska of Yorktown enjoyed an excellent freshman season of college tennis on the West Coast, earning second-team All-Northwest Conference honors and nearly leading her Lewis & Clark team from Portland, Ore., to the NCAA Division III tournament. Plawska, a Hampton Roads Academy graduate, played on line 3 in every dual match except one. She went 11-3 in singles, dropping matches to nearby Division I opponents Portland State and Portland to start the year. But then she won her next 11 contests, including wins against year-end No. 36 Texas-Tyler, No. 22 Whitman and a pair against No. 34 Linfield. Her streak finally ended when Whitman's Morgan Lawless beat Plawska 6-2, 6-4 to give the host Missionaries a 4-2 lead in the Northwest tournament championship match in Walla Walla, Wash., in late April. Whitman went on to win 5-4, qualifying for the NCAA team tournament and leaving the Pioneers barely out. In doubles, Plawska was 10-5. She lost on line 1 against Portland State and Portland, then moved to line 3 with Aurora Garrison and was 10-3 against Division III opponents at that spot. Plawska was the only player from the eastern half of the country competing for the Pioneers, who finished 17-4. They ended with the No. 6 ranking the West, one of Division III's four regions, and 29th in the nation. Plawska excelled throughout high school before heading west. She won the 2012 Group AA singles crown for York, then transferred to HRA. With no individual title available there, she sparked the Navigators to the Virginia Independent Schools Division II team titles in the autumn seasons of 2012 and '13. She was the VIS D-II Player of the Year and Daily Press Player of the Year as a senior. At Lewis & Clark, she is on a forested campus that has about 2,000 students and suits her environmental focus. Renowned for her sense of adventure, the well-traveled Plawska runs long distances, hikes, skis, climbs summit and writes extensively on her website, wiktoriadventures.com.
Story | Jul 2, 2015 | 2:35 PM
Story | Jul 2, 2015 | 5:35 AM
Aaron Harrison, who led Kentucky in scoring last season, watched last week's NBA draft from home. He saw teammates selected first, sixth, 12th and 13th. Andrew Harrison, his twin brother who is younger by a minute, was selected 44th. Big man Dakari...
Column | Jul 1, 2015 | 4:25 PM