Portland Sports Roundup

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PBC fighters win New England titles

Five fighters from the Portland Boxing Club captured titles at the Northern New England Golden Gloves tournament last weekend in Burlington, Vt. Novice class featherweight Danny Pang, novice class lightweight Chi Wong, novice class welterweight Linday Kyajohnian, open class featherweight John Lopez and open class middleweight Jason Quirk all won their respective weight classes and along with open class lightweight Liz Leddy, who won by virtue of a walkover, advanced to the New England championships Feb. 12 and 15 (novice class) and Feb. 19 and 20 (open class) in Lowell, Mass. PBC open class heavyweight Justin Kennie was defeated in the quarterfinals.

Maine Baseball Hall of Fame seeking nominations

The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is requesting nominations for 2013 inductees. The Hall honors players, coaches, umpires, organizers and benefactors from all corners of the state who achieved prominence in, or made valuable contributions to, baseball in Maine. Nominations should be sent to ddouglas@douglastitle.com. The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 15. The induction ceremony is July 28.

Portland Rugby Football Club hosting winter academy

The Portland Rugby Football Club is hosting four weekend workshops to introduce Maine athletes to the sport in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Workshops will be held Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Reiche Elementary School. FMI, Tom Lovering, 329-3630 or press@portlandrc.com.

Challenge stretch for SMCC teams

Southern Maine Community College’s basketball teams are in the midst of a challenging closing stretch in Yankee Small College Conference play. Last week, the men enjoyed a 101-48 romp at Northern Maine CC (Jacob Loveridge led the way with 16 points), handled host Unity, 43-25 (Emmanuel Donalson had a game-high 20 points) and lost, 71-60, to visiting U. Maine-Machias (despite 14 points from Jon Amabile). The Seawolves (18-8 and 11-3 in conference) visit New Hampshire Technical Institute Tuesday, welcome rival Central Maine CC Thursday and go to Navy Prep Saturday. The regular season ends Feb. 12 at home versus U. Maine-Augusta. The women’s team enjoyed a 72-21 win at Unity (Esther Palmieri had 16 points), then handled visiting U. Maine-Machias, 83-64, behind 18 points and 14 rebounds from Nyalieb Deng. SMCC (14-7 overall, 8-3 in conference) was at NHTI Tuesday, hosts CMCC Thursday, goes to Navy Prep Saturday and closes at home versus UMA Feb. 12.

Portland kids win state foul shooting titles

Portland’s Isabel Dawson (girls’ 10-11 division) and Henry Westphal (boys’ 10-11 division) were champions in the recent Elks state foul shooting contest, held in Bangor. Dawson and Westphal will compete in the New England shoot-off March 23 in Gorham. Also taking part Sunday was Portland’s Luke McNabb, who came in second in the boys’ 8-9 division.

Waynflete seeks spring coach

Waynflete School is looking for a middle school boys’ lacrosse coach for the upcoming spring season. The season begins in early March and runs through the end of May. FYI, rburdick@waynflete.org.