Paladini one of league's best once more

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



St. Francis High graduate Daniel Paladini and the Carolina RailHawks are still vying for a United States Soccer Federation D-2 championship.

But Paladini was already bestowed a postseason accolade of his own as he was named to the pro league's Best XI. Upon being named to the team on Thursday, Paladini had scored seven goals, which was second highest on his club, and shared the team-high with five assists.

"It's not just me out there, it's the whole team," Paladini stated in a press release. "This is probably the best team I've ever played on. They make it easy for me to get forward and get the ball around the goal. It's great to receive the award, but in this game it's a team effort and not just the individual."

Added RailHawks Coach Martin Rennie: "It's Daniel's second year in a row that he has been voted to the best eleven, and it's well-deserved. He has been a big player for us and won games for us. We look for him to continue that now until the end of the season and help the team win a championship."

The RailHawks will host the Puerto Rico Islanders in the second leg of the championship on Saturday after Puerto Rico won the first match, 2-0, on Sunday in Puerto Rico. According to the RailHawks' website, the team must win by at least three goals to take the championship or be winning by two goals to force overtime for a possible title win.

Also on the RailHawks is Sean O'Connor, a goalie who's another St. Francis High graduate.



Unbeaten boxing prospect and rising start Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan told the News-Press at Friday's Glendale Glory 3 event at the Glendale Civic Auditorium that plans are in motion for his next fight.

He's scheduled to face Pawel Wolack, pending the latter's signing of the contract according to Martirosyan.

Perhaps more interesting, at least to local boxing fans, is that the Glendale fighter might fight in front of a home crowd, as Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum is apparently interested in holding the event on Dec. 18 at Glendale High's Moyse Field.

Martirosyan, 24, is 28-0 with 17 knockouts, while Wolack, 29, is 27-1 with 17 KOs.



Brennan Amirkhizi of the Glendale Community College men's golf team captured the Burbank City Championship Tournament on Sunday at DeBell Golf Club in Burbank. Amirkhizi finished the 54-hole event, which began Friday, with a five-over-par 218.

The sophomore fired a two-over-par 73 in the final round.

Crescenta Valley High graduate Michael Timpson, who now attends Glendale college, placed seventh (223) and GCC's Nick Quintanilla tied for 12th (230).



Upon Monday's release of the newest CIF fall sports rankings, it was the same half-dozen local squads that once more found themselves in their respective sport's and division's top 10.

Leading the way was Crescenta Valley High's boys' water polo team, which remains No. 1 in Division V as it's been for the entire season. Its win on Tuesday against Glendale likely not only solidified its placement, but also had a hand in dropping Glendale to the No. 8 spot in the division.

Flintridge Prep's boys' cross-country team remains the only boys' harrier squad in the area notching a ranking as it holds the fifth slot in Division V.

Crescenta Valley's girls' cross-country team is at No. 10 in Division I, while Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy dropped to seventh in Division IV after its showing at the Mount San Antonio College Invite and Flintridge Prep's girls' team is up to No. 8 in Division V.



The Glendale YMCA Quarterback Club will conduct its seventh meeting at 11:30 a.m. today at The Elk's Lodge, 120 E. Colorado St., Glendale.

The club, which is in its 68th year, is geared to support the Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Hoover and St. Francis high football teams and the Glendale Community College football program.

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