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

Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

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Quakes blank Minnesota United to snap six-game winless streak

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Florian Jungwirth scored a goal and the San Jose Earthquakes beat Minnesota United 1-0 on Saturday night to snap a six-game winless streak.

Jungwirth tapped in a left-footer from point-blank range after Chris Wondolowski re-directed a corner kick from Jahmir Hyka in the 54th minute. It was the second career MLS goal for Jungwirth, a 28-year-old defender who was acquired on Feb. 2.

David Bingham had one save to earn his third shutout of the season for San Jose (3-3-3), which won for the first time since March 11 after starting the season with back-to-back victories.

Bobby Shuttleworth had five saves, including a pair of diving stops in the second half, for Minnesota (2-5-2), which was outshot 16-8.

Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid

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Instant Replay: A's use Davis homer vs Astros to snap five-game skid

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HOUSTON – The clean game that manager Bob Melvin had been seeking from his team finally came Saturday night.

Andrew Triggs was excellent in rebounding from his rough previous start, and home runs from Jed Lowrie and Khris Davis powered the A’s 2-1 victory over the Astros. That snapped Oakland’s five-game losing streak, along with a 10-game losing streak against Houston.

A night after committing three errors, the A’s played mistake-free defense and got a couple of highlight-reel plays in support of Triggs (4-1), who blanked the Astros over a career-high seven innings and set a new career high with nine strikeouts.

Lowrie, facing the team with which he’s spent two separate stints, launched a homer off the facing of the second deck in right field in the fourth to break a scoreless tie. Davis padded the lead in the eighth with his signature opposite-field prowess, clearing the wall in right for his third homer of the series and 10th of the season, tying the Yankees’ Aaron Judge for the American League lead.

But it all started with Triggs, who won his first three starts but gave up six runs against Seattle last weekend. He ate up seven innings and turned it over to his bullpen.

Jose Altuve homered off Sean Doolittle in the eighth to cut the A’s lead to 2-1, but Santiago Casilla closed it out in the ninth for his fourth save.

Starting pitching report

Triggs retired 10 in a row to finish his outing, but the key to the early part of his night was stranding runners. He wiggled out of a one-out jam with men on second and third in the first inning, striking out Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran. He stranded runners on first and second in the third, then got another big strikeout to end the fourth with a man on third. Before Saturday, Triggs hadn’t recorded an out in the seventh inning of a game he’d started in the majors.

Bullpen report

Casilla gave up Beltran’s infield single to lead off the ninth. But after a replay reversal negated an A’s double play, Casilla ended it by getting Brian McCann to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

At the plate

Two big swings of the bat were all it took for the A’s to notch their first win in five games of this three-city road trip. Lowrie, who came in hitting .375 over his previous eight games, hit a towering shot to right off Joe Musgrove (1-2) for his second homer of the season. Then Davis did his thing, blasting a shot to the opposite field for his 10th homer of April. He had just nine homers in 83 career April games entering this season.

In the field

There was no shortage of highlight plays turned in defensively. Jaff Decker, starting in right field, made a perfect throw from near the warning track to nail Carlos Beltran trying to tag up on a fly ball in the fourth. The next inning, former Athletic Josh Reddick fired a strike to home to nail Chad Pinder trying to score from second on Lowrie’s single. But the A’s got Reddick right back when first baseman Yonder Alonso made a leaping grab on Reddick’s liner headed for right field.

Attendance

The announced crowd was 32,147.

Up next

The A’s face a tough task in Sunday’s series finale, going against lefty Dallas Keuchel (4-0, 1.22). He’s the first pitcher in Astros history to go seven-plus innings and allow two or fewer runs in each of his first five starts. Jesse Hahn (1-1, 2.08) takes the ball for Oakland. First pitch is 11:10 a.m.