Sports Notebook: Grace Zamudio earns state honor

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


Glendale Community College cross-country runner Grace Zamudio was selected as the California Community College Sports Information Assn. and California Community College Athletic Assn. Female Athlete of the Month for September.

Zamudio, a sophomore, captured individual titles at the Fresno Invitational in 18 minutes 34 seconds on Sept. 8, the Orange Coast Classic (18:38) on Sept. 15, the Golden West Invitational (18:20) on Sept. 21 and the Foothill Invitational (18:05) on Sept. 28. In addition, Zamudio had the top state mark among female community college runners at the Mark Covert Classic on Sept. 1, finishing 11th in 18:41.

The Vaqueros, who won the state title last season, are currently ranked No. 2 in Southern California.


Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. today for a super welterweight title elimination fight between Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan and Erislandy “El Oro del Guantanamo” Lara. The 12-round bout will take place Nov. 10 at Wynn Las Vegas’ Lafite Ballroom and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark at 10 p.m. PDT.

The winner will be declared the division’s mandatory challenger.

The ticket prices are $125, $75 and $40, plus a $3 service fee. Tickets can be purchased by calling (702) 770-7118, or through the website

Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs), who fights out of Glendale, was a member of the men’s 2004 United States Olympic boxing team. Currently world-rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Council, Martirosyan has notched six knockouts in his last nine fights.

Lara (17-1-1, 11 KOs), a native of Cuba, is now fighting out of Houston. He‘s the WBC’s No. 1-rated super welterweight contender.


Things appeared to be going well for the Philadelphia Eagles, coached by former Glendale Community College football player Andy Reid, during Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.

Unfortunately for Philadelphia, it couldn’t close out Detroit, as it squandered a 10-point lead in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter before falling, 26-23, in overtime. The Eagles dropped to 3-3 and have committed a league-worst 17 turnovers. Philadelphia has lost two games in a row by a combined five points.

“I can understand the fans' frustration,” Reid, who took over the Eagles in 1999, told the Associated Press. “I'm frustrated. My job and responsibility is to get us better.”

Reid, who guided Philadelphia to an appearance in the 2004 Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, said second-year defensive coordinator Juan Castillo would continue to call plays during contests.

“That's the way I'm looking at it right now, as I stand here, right here,” Reid told the Associated Press during a press conference Monday.

Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick had mixed results against Detroit. Vick, a left-hander, threw for 311 yards and two touchdowns. However, he recorded a pair of interceptions and botched a snap that led to a lost fumble. In six games, the Eagles are averaging nearly three turnovers a contest. Vick has committed 13 turnovers, eight via interceptions and five on lost fumbles.

Philadelphia will have a bye Sunday and will return to action at 10 a.m. Oct. 28 against the visiting Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles are tied for second with the Washington Redskins in the National Football Conference’s East Division. They trail the New York Giants by one game in the division.


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

The club, which is in its 70th year, is geared to support the Crescenta Valley, Glendale, Hoover and St. Francis high football teams and the Glendale Community College football program.

The guest speaker will be Ted Tanner, senior vice president of AEG.

Lunch is $17 at the door for members and $20 for guests. A yearly club membership is $50.

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