Smith advances in Golden Gloves


April 13, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

Boxer Lonnie Smith continued his rise to prominence Saturday in the first round of the Potomac Valley Association Golden Gloves Tournament.

Smith, a resident of Maryland City who trains out of the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, won by a disqualification over Rondell Garrison in first-round super-heavyweight action at the Hillcrest Heights Boys Club in Southern Maryland.

After receiving two warnings for holding, Garrison was disqualified for another hold in the third round. It is illegal to hold in amateur boxing.

"Every time Lonnie threw a punch [Garrison] would hold him," trainer Tom Langley said. "Lonnie just outclassed him."

Smith, 21, had controlled the fight to that point, outboxing the unorthodox left-hander for the first two rounds to raise his amateur record to 47-7.

Smith will fight either Francis Weeks, out of the Satellite Gym in Virginia, or Levon Seegers, out of "Sugar" Ray Leonard's boxing facility in Palmer Park, this Friday. Smith has already beaten Seegers in two bouts.

There are five super-heavyweights entered in the tournament, and a fighter must win four bouts to be crowned champion.

Local winners will move on to future regionals, with a chance to advance to the nationals in Little Rock, Ark. scheduled for mid-May.

Also fighting on the Friday night card will be Eric Hunt, a light- heavyweight training out of the Laurel club.


Four more gymnasts from the Top Flight Gymnastics club in Columbia qualified for the upcoming USA-IGC Regional meet at a qualifier at Atlantic Coast Gym in Sewell, N.J., during the weekend.

Lori Bennett, Rebecca Berkowitz, Lindsay Boyer and Maura Markowitz all scored above the minimum 32.00 in the all-around to qualify for the May 22-23 competition to be held in South Hampton, Pa.

Competing in the Open Optionals class, Bennett scored an 8.6 on the vault, 8.05 on the uneven bars, 7.85 on the balance beam and 8.75 on the floor exercise for a total of 33.25.

The other three gymnasts qualified in the Intermediate Optionals class. Berkowitz scored an 8.5 on the vault, 7.85 on the bars, 7.45 on the beam and 8.35 on the floor for a 32.15 all-around. Boyer did her best work on the floor exercise, receiving an 8.6 for her efforts. She also scored a 7.9 on the vault, 8.1 on the bars and 8.15 on the beam for a 32.75 all-around. Markowitz had the highest apparatus score of the group, taking an 8.9 on the vault to go along with her 8.2 on the floor, 8.4 on the beam and 7.55 on the bars. She finished with a 33.05 in the all-around.

All nine Top Flight Optional gymnasts have qualified for regionals. The other five are Gina Califano, Abby Jones and Marcene James in Open Optionals and Kierney Hiteshew and Rachel Gealy in Intermediate Optionals.

James and Jones will also compete this weekend in the USGF Level 9 Regionals in Reading, Pa.

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