Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: Fresno youth captures national cycling crown

Jack Maddux of Fresno won the 13-14-year-old division of the USA Cycling U23 Nationals in Augusta, Ga.

Maddux, racing for Team Specialized Racing/Team Specialized Racing Juniors, was timed in 13 minutes, 35.6 seconds in the 10K race, 5 seconds better than Adrien Costa of Los Altos.

Avenal boxer reaches US Championships final

Jose Ramirez of Avenal won his semifinal bout Thursday at the USA Boxing Championships in Colorado Springs, Colo., putting him in position to repeat as champion in Saturday's final.

Ramirez beat Damon Allen of Philadelphia by technical knockout in the 132-pound class.

Saturday, Ramirez will try to win the championship at 132 for the second straight year and collect his fourth national belt in as many years after securing junior titles in 2009 and 2008.

A quarterfinal win secured his spot in next year's U.S. Trials for the London Summer Olympics.

Clovis East's Whitfield earns spot in SI's 'Faces' feature

Clovis East High swimmer Loreen Whitfield landed a mention in Sports Illustrated thanks to her performance at the Central Section Division I championships May 20-21.

Whitfield, a senior who will swim for San Diego State next season, was recognized in the June 27th issue's "Faces in the Crowd" feature for becoming the fifth swimmer in section history to win eight individual events – the maximum possible.

Hasay collects national honor for academics

University of Oregon sophomore Jordan Hasay (Mission Prep High) has been named national Academic All-American of the Year for women's track & field/cross country, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced.

Hasay, a human physiology major with a 3.96 GPA, is the first sophomore to be named the national Capital One Academic All-American of the Year in any NCAA sport. The Academic All-America program began in 1952.