RENO, Nev. — Unlike when she won the Silver Gloves championship two years ago, Brittany Winburn captured the 152-pound youth division title at the USA Boxing Junior and Youth Open without stepping into the ring.
Winburn was the only female to make the 152-pound weight and was crowned as the unopposed champion at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. last weekend. In the Silver Gloves competition in Independence, Mo., Winburn defeated Heaven Hammock by unanimous decision.
With her championship at the Junior and Youth Open, Winburn will receive 400 points towards her national ranking in the 152-pound division. The rankings are slated to be updated Friday and depending on the age of the two boxers currently ranked first and second, Winburn could be ranked anywhere from first to third.
Nicki Smeland, the director of events for USA Boxing, said Winburn will receive all the perks and benefits afforded to the event’s other champions.
“She still has a chance to be selected to various international competitions and training camps at the Olympic Center,” Smeland said. “That will be determined by the High Performance coaches.”
There are 10 amateur weight divisions for males and females, but right now, the International Olympic Committee only recognizes three weight divisions for females — 112, 132 and 165.
Holly Kesterson, the High Performance team manager, said Winburn’s 400 points are only for the 152-pound division, meaning she wouldn’t be able to take them with her if she elected to move to a lower or higher weight classification.
“The No. 1 and No. 2-ranked boxers are invited to train with the coaches in Colorado Springs,” Kesterson said. “There is a third spot which is open and anyone can petition the committee to be evaluated for it. It doesn’t matter if you are ranked third or 100th, you can petition the committee for the third spot.”
Temple Christian teams sweep
WHITEVILLE — Joanna Gould nearly recorded a triple-double to lead the Temple Christian girls basketball team to a 44-20 victory over Columbus Christian Academy Friday night.
Gould scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds and blocked eight shots in the win. Claire Jordan and Charis Byrd both had 12 points for the Tigers (11-0). Jordan grabbed 15 rebounds, Byrd added 12 steals and Elizabeth McQueen snagged 16 rebounds and scored two points.
In the boys game, Greg Hagins netted a team-high 23 points and had six steals to lead Temple Christian to a 72-58 win. Kurth Nelson notched a double-double, 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers (13-2). Cuentin Bridges chipped in with 19 points and six rebounds.
Temple Christian’s boys basketball team will return to action 4 p.m. today when it travels to Scotland Christian Academy in Laurinburg.
Soccer signups continue until February
Rockingham Parks and Recreation will accept registrations for its spring soccer program until Feb. 12. The cost is $20 for city residents and $25 for others. Participants must be at least 4 years of age by Aug. 1 and cannot turn 17 by the same date. For information, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 910-895-6910.
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