Haywards Coley wins by TKO, advances to nationals

Haywards Coley wins by TKO, advances to nationals

June 3, 2011Ryan Maquinana
CSNBayArea.com FRESNO, CA A blistering right uppercut from Aaron Heavy Metal Coley stopped Joey Perez of Clovis in the second round and netted the Hayward resident the Central Pacific Regional middleweight title last Saturday at the Sierra Sport and Racquet Club.Coley, who trains at SFC Boxing Gym on 7th St. in San Francisco, now advances to the prestigious USA Boxing National Championships, which take place June 20-25 in Colorado Springs and serve as the next step toward qualifying for the 2012 Olympics.It feels good to see my hard work pay off, said the 20-year-old southpaw, currently ranked the No. 6 amateur middleweight in the nation. There are so many people out there at the 165-pound weight class at nationals, so I have to take it one fight at a time.After a first round where Coley controlled the pace with his right jab, Perez looked to pressure him in the second; the choice would be at the Clovis natives peril. Following a Perez flurry, the Bay Area fighter took a step back and unleashed the fateful right hand that had his Central Valley foe dazed and confused on the canvas. On shaky ground after rising to his feet midway through the count, Perez was deemed unfit to continue by the referee.I was keeping him off-balance, said Coley of his opponent. He rushed in and he was leaning to the right, so I threw the right uppercut and he walked right into it. After that, he was out.His nickname derived from his nine-to-five job in his fathers scrap yard, Coleys blue-collar work ethic has been evident since moving from Stockton to the Bay Area a year ago with fiance Brittany Wren and two-year-old son Aaron Jr. As soon as I get off work in Hayward every day, I go straight to the gym at SFC, said Coley, who has become a frequent BART passenger. When I get home and whenever Im not training, I spend as much time with my family as I can.Aaron makes a lot of sacrifices, added his trainer, Ben Bautista. Some kids dont come to the gym unless I call them, but I dont have to worry about him. Hes so dedicated that he calls me every day. I love to help this kid because hes humble, hes hungry, and he loves to help himself.If Coley can make it to the semifinals or better next month, he will be assured a spot in the eight-man Olympic Trials in August, a single-elimination tournament that will yield the countrys middleweight representative in the London Games next summer. Coming out of the Bay Area, this is another step up getting closer to the Olympics, said a hopeful Coley. Theres no telling who Ill face next, so I have to adjust in a tournament like that, but Im ready. Im going to keep working in the gym until then.ROUNDUPIn a rematch of their scintillating Golden Gloves regional final in San Francisco, Andy Vences of San Jose PAL booked his ticket to nationals with a decision over Vicente Guzman of Tulare in the 141-pound final. I didnt let him brawl me and stayed off the ropes, said Vences, who added the Central Pacific trophy to an impressive tally that includes the Adidas Tournament and California Golden Gloves titles. I just have to go out there to Colorado Springs, not let the pressure get to me, and do my best.Other Bay Area men who made it to nationals include Eric Altamirano of Concord CYC (132 pounds) and Laron Mitchell of San Franciscos Ring of Fire Gym (201 pounds).Jose Ramirez of Avenal, the top-ranked lightweight in America, did not officially participate in the regionals. However, the Fresno State freshman also advances to Colorado Springs as the defending national champion in the 132-pound division. Ramirez defeated Fresnos Ulises Soriano by decision in a non-tournament bout.Out of the local women to compete last Saturday, Gilroys Elizabeth Rodriguez (106 pounds), Casey Morton of San Mateos B Street Gym (125 pounds), and Theresa Moon of Pacificas BabyFace Gym (152 pounds) advanced to nationals. Ryan is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America and a regular contributor to CSNBayArea.com. E-mail him at rmaquinana@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter: @rmaq28

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Steph Curry, Kevin Durant named starters in 2017 All-Star Game

Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been voted to start the NBA All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive season, and this time there was a measure of suspense.

Curry will join Rockets guard James Harden in the backcourt for the Western Conference squad, as voters snubbed MVP candidate and triple-double specialist Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City.

Joining Curry and Harden in the starting lineup for the West will be Warriors forward Kevin Durant, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard and Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis.

A combination of fan balloting (50 percent), player balloting (25 percent) and media balloting (25 percent) comprises the overall vote.

Curry’s selection is sure to generate considerable debate, as Westbrook leads the league in scoring (30.6 points per game), is second in assists and 11th (10.4) in rebounding (10.6). Westbrook also leads the league in PER at 29.56.

Moreover, he is bidding to become the first player since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 to average a triple-double over the course of a full season.

Coming off back-to-back MVP seasons, Curry ranks 12th in scoring (24.6 points per game), 15th in assists (6.1), second in 3-pointers made (158) and eighth in steals (1.81). His 92.6-percent shooting from the line ranks second in the NBA.

He is the first Warrior since Wilt Chamberlain to start four straight All-Star games.

Durant, in his first season with the Warriors, leads the team in scoring (26.2) and blocks (1.71) and double-doubles (16). He’s second in rebounding (8.6) and third in assists (4.7). His 54.4-percent shooting from the field is 10th in the league and tops among perimeter players.

Durant will be making his eighth appearance, and his fifth as a starter.

The Eastern Conference starters are as follows: guards Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers and DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors, with frontcourt players LeBron James of the Cavs, Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Jimmy Butler of the Bulls.

All-Star reserves, which are chosen by NBA coaches, will be announced on Jan. 26.

NHL Gameday: Sharks host Lightning in second of back-to-back

NHL Gameday: Sharks host Lightning in second of back-to-back

Programming note – Sharks-Lightning coverage starts today at 7:00 on CSN California with Sharks Pregame Live

WHERE THEY STAND

Sharks: 27-16-2, 56 points, 3rd Pacific Division
Lightning: 21-20-5, 47 points, 6th Atlantic Division

PREGAME NEWS AND NOTES

***After missing Wednesday’s game in Los Angeles due to illness, Logan Couture could return against the Lightning. According to coach Pete DeBoer, Couture is feeling “good. Talked to him this morning at the rink. Went for a little skate. Looks good, but we won’t know until game time.”

Joonas Donskoi, who has missed the last three games with an upper body injury, will also be a game-time decision.

***Aaron Dell will make his second start in a little more than a week, getting back in shortly after a 3-2 loss in Calgary on Jan. 11. The game winner came from Dougie Hamilton from a sharp angle with 2:19 to go, on what was a stoppable shot.

“I think [Dell's] body of work has been real good. That could happen to anybody,” DeBoer said of the Hamilton goal. “I didn’t think he had a poor game that night. It’s going to happen. This isn’t like you need to see a bounce back effort, or anything like that. We’re comfortable with what he brings. I know he’s excited to play, and he’s played well for us.”

***The Lightning are just 2-5-1 in their last eight games, and are in the midst of a six-game road swing. It started with a win over the Kings on Monday, 2-1, and was followed by a 2-1 overtime loss in Anaheim on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer goals in six of its last seven, but also brings the NHL’s fourth-ranked power play (22.9 percent) into tonight’s contest.

No word yet on the goalie, either, after Martin Jones made 22 saves in the Sharks’ 3-2 win at Staples Center. It could make sense to go back to Jones against the Lightning, while leaving the miserable Colorado Avalanche for backup Aaron Dell on Saturday.

***The Lightning are just 2-5-1 in their last eight games, and are in the midst of a six-game road swing. It started with a win over the Kings on Monday, 2-1, and was followed by a 2-1 overtime loss in Anaheim on Tuesday. Tampa Bay has scored two or fewer goals in six of its last seven, but also brings the NHL’s fourth-ranked power play (22.9 percent) into tonight’s contest.

Top defenseman Victor Hedman reportedly remains out tonight with an illness. It will be his third straight game out of the lineup. He leads the league among blueliners with 31 assists, and his 38 points trails only Brent Burns (46).

***San Jose beat the Lightning in the only other game of the season series on Nov. 12 in Tampa Bay, 3-1. The Sharks are 4-3-0 this season in the second of back-to-back games, and 15-6-0 against the Eastern Conference.

Tampa Bay is just 3-8-2 against the Western Conference.

KEEP AN EYE ON...

Sharks: Tommy Wingels. Although he’s found it difficult to stay in the lineup on a nightly basis this season, Wingels has managed to contribute recently, including a goal against the Kings on Wednesday. The 28-year-old fourth liner has one point in three of his last six games, despite being scratched for seven of the last 12 overall. He’s had success against the Lightning, too, with four goals and seven points in eight career games.

Lightning: Jonathan Drouin. The forward saw a five-game point streak come to an end on Jan. 17, but has at least one point in eight of his last 10 games overall. After a misguided decision last season in which he demanded a trade that never happened, Drouin, 21, is third on the Lightning in scoring with 29 points (13g, 16a).

PROBABLE LINES

Sharks
Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski
Kevin Labanc – Patrick Marleau – Mikkel Boedker
Timo Meier – Chris Tierney – Joel Ward
Micheal Haley – Ryan Carpenter – Tommy Wingels

Paul Martin – Brent Burns
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun
Brenden Dillon – David Schlemko

Aaron Dell (starter)
Martin Jones

Lightning
Ondrej Palat – Vlad Namestnikov – Nikita Kucherov
Alex Killorn – Tyler Johnson – Joel Vermin
Brian Boyle – Valtteri Filppula – Jonathan Drouin
Michael Bournival – Cedric Paquette – Gabriel Dumont

Nikita Nesterov – Anton Stralman
Jason Garrison – Andrej Sustr
Braydon Coburn – Luke Witkowski

Andrei Vasilevskiy (starter)
Ben Bishop

INJURIES

Sharks: Logan Couture (illness) and Joonas Donskoi (upper body) are questionable. Dylan DeMelo (broken wrist) and Tomas Hertl (right knee sprain) are on injured reserve.

Lightning: Steven Stamkos (torn meniscus), Brayden Point (upper body), J.T. Brown (upper body), Ryan Callahan (lower body) and Victor Hedman (illness) are out.

QUOTEABLE

“I think we’ve been saying all year our job is to try and be in their end and get a good forecheck. Luckily of late we’ve been getting some points, so that’s good.” – Micheal Haley, on the recent play of the Sharks’ fourth line.