Fighters in action tonight

Glendale News Press

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

GFC COMBATANTS HIT THE RING Former Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Roman "The Emperor" Mitichyan and rookie boxer Artur "The Punisher" Bernetsyan are set for action in respective bouts tonight at MEZ Sports' "Pandemonium at the Palladium" at the Hollywood Palladium.

The card is set to feature five boxing matches and four mixed martial arts fights.

Mitichyan (10-3) is scheduled to face Preston Scharf (11-8) in the event's MMA main event, a 170-pound welterweight fight.

Bernetsyan (3-0, 2 KOs), who made his pro debut in January in Glendale, will fight for the fourth time this year.

He'll take on Ramon Flores (3-6-1, 3 KOs) in a 135-pound bout. Flores was originally slated to fight Bernetsyan on May 6 at a King of the West card, but the former pulled out to due the death of his father.

Mitichyan, who also trains at the Main Event Gym and with Team Hayastan in North Hollywood, is a teacher at Glendale Fighting Club, where Bernetsyan trains under Edmond Tarverdyan.

Also scheduled to compete on the card is Burbank welterweight boxer Johnny Suarez (5-3-2) and, in the main event, heavyweights Andrey Fedosov (21-1, 17 KOs) and Lance Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) are set to face off in a 12-round boxing match.

Fedosov's last two victories came in Glendale at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

Mitichyan, who was a former cast member on "The Ultimate Fighter," is one of two former TUF competitors scheduled to compete as Richie Whitson (6-1) is also on the card.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the first fight scheduled for 7:30.

FOUR GAELS NET ACCOLADES Four members of the Holy Family softball team, which qualified for the postseason, received All-Horizon League recognition. One player was named to the first team, while three earned spots on the second team.

Center fielder Elena Lomeli was selected to the first team. She batted a team-best .451 and led the team in singles, triples and home runs. Lomeli finished second on the team with a .551 on-base percentage.

Those named to the second team were Gaby Diaz, Aurora Aguirre and Rachel Turner.

Diaz, a shortstop, had a team-leading .556 on-base percentage and walked a team-high 17 times. Aguirre, a first baseman, finished second on the team with a .424 batting average. She led the team in doubles with eight and had a .541 on-base percentage.

Turner, an infielder/pitcher, finished with a .406 on-base percentage for the Gaels, who went 10-11 and 4-4 in league for third place before falling in a CIF Southern Section Division VI wild-card contest

TIMPSON TIES FOR 13TH IN TOURNEY Crescenta Valley High senior boys' golfer Michael Timpson finished in a six-way tie for 13th on Thursday at the American Junior Golf Assn.'s PING Phoenix Junior Tournament at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix. Timpson, a reigning All-Area member, fired a one-over-par 73 on Thursday to complete a three-round total of 218.

LOCAL WOMAN PLAYS IN VETERAN GAMES Glendale resident Le Ann Hobbs recently competed in the 2010 National Veterans Golden Age Games May 26-31 in Des Moines.

Hobbs, 58, joined more than 600 veterans from around the nation at the event, where she participated in three events — horseshoes, shuffleboard and air rifle.

"I've made friends from all over the United States going to this and I look forward to seeing them again," said Hobbs, who served in active duty in the Army for six years, followed by a three-year stint in the readiness reserve corps from 1978-87. "It really [gives us a sense of pride]."

It was Hobbs' fourth year in the National Veterans Golden Age Games, which is a senior adaptive rehabilitation and recreational competition program designed to improve the quality of life for all older veterans, including those with a wide range of abilities and disabilities.

Participation is open to military Veterans age 55 or older who receive health care at any VA medical facility.

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