June 29, 1992 |
Possibly the most intriguing story of the 1992 U.S. Olympic boxing team is the last story about its selection. It's about The Man From Nowhere, a boxer who refused to pack up and go home when he was told to forget about Barcelona. First, Montell Griffin got a lawyer. Then, with some legal help, he rode into Phoenix on Wednesday and on Sunday afternoon secured the last berth on the Olympic team.
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August 1, 1992
Congratulations to Janet Evans. The gold medal she won Thursday at Barcelona's Olympic swimming pool, in the 800-meter freestyle, should fit quite nicely with the three gold medals the Placentia resident won at Seoul in 1988. But more than the medal, it was Evans' "comeback" that inspired. She had finished second on Wednesday in the 400-meter freestyle race, an event she had won at Seoul. Some observers were asking whether a mere silver medal meant that Evans was through at only 20 years old.
March 3, 1993
Kennedy High junior Shaneya Harris has been selected the Cal-Hi Sports state athlete of the week. She scored 33 points in a 52-51 City Section 4-A Division playoff victory over Banning, then added 29 to oust four-time defending 4-A champion Washington, 56-53. For the second consecutive year, Shawn Bankhead of Cleveland and Joe Wyatt of Kennedy, both seniors, have been selected the co-most valuable players of the West Valley League in basketball.
July 26, 1992 |
Oscar De La Hoya, the East Los Angeles lightweight who vowed in 1990 to win a gold medal at Barcelona for his dying mother, Cecilia, will make his Olympic debut Thursday. At Saturday's pretournament draw, De La Hoya drew a preliminary round match with Brazilian Adilson Silva. De La Hoya is in the bottom half of the lightweight bracket with a world-class Cuban, Julio Gonzalez. De La Hoya defeated Gonzalez a year ago on a close decision in a USA-Cuba tournament.
June 13, 1992 |
Two Southern California light-heavyweights advanced to today's championship match in the U.S. Olympic boxing team trials, and both Oscar De La Hoya and Pepe Reilly also won Friday night and will be in weekend finals bouts. The only semifinal loser from Southern California at the Centrum in Worcester on Friday, before 3,879, was light-welterweight Shane Mosley of Pomona. He lost a decision to world champion Vernon Forrest of Augusta, Ga.
August 14, 1994 |
On Aug. 11, 1984, Paul Gonzales started a gold rush at the Los Angeles Olympics, becoming the first of nine American boxers to win a gold medal. The victory also was significant because Gonzales became the first Latino to win an Olympic gold medal. On the 10th anniversary of his achievement, Gonzales announced his retirement from boxing at the Amateur Athletic Foundation in the Adams District.
June 13, 1992 |
For the second time in as many bouts, Glendale welterweight Pepe Reilly came crawling out of the blocks. But Friday night, he finished like a tornado in advancing to a championship match in today's finals of the U.S. Olympic boxing team trials at the Worcester Centrum. He will meet Jesse Briseno of Kalamazoo, Mich., and fears another slow start could drop him out of the Olympic team picture.
August 20, 1992 |
There's an almost diplomatic or presidential feeling to any reception Magic Johnson hosts. Take the one his Magic Johnson Foundation had Tuesday in the Creative Artists Agency lobby to introduce 12 Olympic athletes--most of whom are from Los Angeles--to the entertainment community. Although there were major stars (Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Tom Selleck) and it was a fund-raiser (more than $70,000 was received), it didn't seem to be about money or stars. It was more about being around Magic.
June 11, 1992 |
When the horn sounded to end his bout with Patrick Byrd, Pepe Reilly, a welterweight from Glendale, looked skyward, as if asking for help. It sure looked like he needed some. Many of the 3,205 in the Worcester Centrum on Wednesday night thought they had just seen the first notable upset of the U. S. Olympic team boxing trials. Not quite. Reilly, the welterweight favorite, won a 3-2 opening-round decision. Three judges gave it to Reilly by scores of 59-58, 59-58 and 59-57. Byrd, of Flint, Mich.
January 25, 1990 |
The La Canada boys' basketball team continues to roll behind the play of junior guard Jeff Lord, whose 47-point performance against Blair last week established a single-game school record. Lord's outburst eclipsed the record of 43 set by Walt Bakly in 1984. Lord's previous season-high was 32. He is averaging 22 points for the Spartans, who entered this week's play 14-5 overall, 4-1 in the Rio Hondo League and ranked third in the Southern Section 3-A Division.