Avenal pro boxer Jose Ramirez will hold an open workout April 25 in advance of his May 9 fight against Robert Frankel at Selland Arena.
The workout is from 11 a.m. to noon at Sierra Sports & Racquet Club, 4774 N. Blackstone Ave., in Fresno.
Ramirez, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, is 13-0 as a pro with 10 knockouts. Frankel is 33-15 with six KO’d.
Others on the “Fight for Water 4” card who are scheduled to work out are Daniel Valdivia of Tulare, Joe Louie Lopez of Fresno, Alex Rojas of Fowler and Julian Lopez of Fresno. Rojas and Lopez will be making their pro debuts.
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Rams’ tennis duo falls in state round of 16
Fresno City College’s fourth-seeded Marian Bogajo and Maria Ochoa saw their run at the California Community College individual doubles championships end with a round of 16 defeat Friday.
The state championships are run as part of the Ojai Tournament that also features the Pac-12 men’s and women’s finals as well as NCAA Division III and top junior and open bracket competition.
Bogajo and Ochoa won two matches in straight sets but fell to Desert’s third-seeded Brazilian duo of Laura Arruda and Leticia Dos Santos 6-0, 6-3 at Buena High.
Fresno City fell two wins short of a state team championship, losing to Modesto 5-2 in the NorCal Regional final last week. Modesto’s undefeated season came to an end with a 5-4 loss to SoCal champ Mt. San Antonio in the state title match.
Baxter (Clovis West) 6th in open water 10k
Former Clovis West High standout Tristan Baxter finished sixth Friday in the 10-kilometer race at the U.S. Open water national championships in Miromar Lakes, Florida.
Becca Mann of Homer Glen, Illinois, surged over the last lap to win in 2 hours, 2 minutes, 38.344 seconds for the 17-year-old’s second straight 10k national title. Baxter, 23, clocked in at 2:03:55.685 and is scheduled to race in the 5k final Sunday.
Jordan Wilimovsky, 21, of Malibu made a late break in the men’s race to touch first in 1:54.27.928, nearly 13 seconds ahead of the field to earn his first national title.
Ashford’s 12 Ks, Tittle’s winning hit power Sunbirds sweep
Wilson Ashford struck out 12 while pitching into the eighth inning of a victory in game 1, Baron Bower stole a base in a closely fought game 2 to move atop the school career list and Michael Tittle delivered the walk-off RBI single in the 10th as Fresno Pacific swept visiting Holy Names in a Pacific West Conference doubleheader Friday.
Ashford (8-2), adding on to his school records for wins and strikeouts, allowed four hits and two runs (one earned) without a walk in 7 1/3 innings. The Sunbirds built a 3-0 lead before Holy Names picked up single runs in the seventh and eighth.
Tanner Irwin, the reigning PacWest pitcher of the week, allowed two hits while striking out three in 1 2/3 innings of relief for his fifth save.
Game 2 was a seesaw affair highlighted early by Bower’s steal of third in the second inning. That gave him eight for the season and 36 for his career to break a tie with Andrew Douglas (2008-11) for the school’s all-time lead. Holy Names (19-25, 9-17) forced one more tie with a run in the ninth before Tittle hit his two-out game-winner for the Sunbirds (29-15, 17-13).
Visalia event to star current, ex-Chargers
NFL players Nick Novak, Vince Brown, Seyi Ajirotutu and Darrell Stuckey will be the featured speakers at next week’s “Big Man’s Breakfast,” sponsored by Visalia-based Iron Men’s Ministry.
It begins at 8 a.m. May 2 at The Road Church, 1021 S. Burke St. in Visalia, and includes breakfast or brunch, autograph opportunities, door prizes and raffles. Tickets, limited to 1,200 at $20 and $40, are available at ironmensministry.com.
The players are former San Diego Chargers teammates, with Novak and Stuckey still with the team. Ajirotutu, the former Fresno State wide receiver, signed this offseason with Philadelphia. Brown, after a year in Oakland, is now with Indianapolis.
Fresno City awaits baseball playoff seedings; COS hopes still alive
Scott Silva hit a two-run double and two-run triple as Fresno City College pulled away to a 14-4 victory over Merced in a Central Valley Conference baseball finale, clinching the No. 2 seed in the NorCal Regional.
The Rams (29-7, 21-3) trailed 3-0 early but scored four in the sixth for a 5-3 lead. Silva’s double came in the seventh, followed by a triple in the eighth.
The Blue Devils (23-13, 16-8), the second-place finisher in the CVC, heads to the playoffs as well.
• Wyatt Champlin and Blake Edmonson had RBI singles and two more came home with the help of errors as Sequoias closed CVC play with a 5-2 win over visiting Reedley. The Giants (19-17, 14-10), hurt by a late stretch that saw them lose 4 of 6 heading into Friday, still hope to earn an at-large berth in the Northern California Regional when seedings are set Sunday.
Jonathon Molina (6-2) allowed six hits in 61/3 innings, yielding two runs while striking out seven and walking just one. Edmonson pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save, tied for seventh best in the state. Mark Trujillo had two hits and scored both runs for Reedley (16-20, 13-11).
Sunbirds fall in finale of tourney, season
Santa Clara’s Elle Surber scored five goals as the Broncos ended Fresno Pacific’s water polo season with a 14-8 victory in consolation play at the Golden Coast Conference championships in Stockton.
Emily Woodruff and Kaeli Hanson each scored twice for the Sunbirds, who finished 7-24. Santa Clara is 15-14.
San Diego State and Loyola Marymount, after semifinal wins Friday, meet in Saturday’s championship.