Women in the boxing spotlight
Saturday’s “Beautiful Brawlers III” boxing card at Redwood City’s SportsHouse complex did not go off without a hitch.
Last-minute replacements, juggling of fighters, cancellations and substitutions are all part of the boxing business at this level, but in the end, fans were treated to high-quality female boxing.
The 17-bout card promoted by Blanca Gutierrez, co-owner and coach at Pacifica’s Babyface Boxing, had a number of establish veterans as well as some seen as the future of women’s boxing.
Queen Underwood, 2012 London Olympic Games gold medalist, recorded a unanimous decision Stalacia Leggett, the 2013 Adidas national champion in the day’s main event.
Local favorite Casey Morton, fighting out of Undisputed Boxing Gym in San Carlos, lost to Jamie Mitchell by split decision. It was a rematch of their fight at the 2013 Adidas Cup, where Mitchell also recorded a split-decision victory.
One of the most anticipated matches of the day between up-and-coming 13-year-old Heaven Garcia and Yessenia Martinez never materialized. Garcia is the reigning Adidas Cup and Silver Gloves champion.
Instead, Garcia won by unanimous decision over Graciela Ortega, while Martinez beat Leslie Barreras, also by unanimous decision.
For the complete results of the 17-bout card, go to www.beatthecount.com.
Friday’s football schedule
Burlingame at Mountain View, 3:30 p.m.; Branham-San Jose at Sacred Heart Prep, 4:15 p.m.; Aragon at Jefferson, Hillsdale at Half Moon Bay, Woodside at Dublin, Santa Clara at South City, Terra Nova at Bishop O’Dowd-Oakland, Campolindo at Menlo-Atherton, Carlmont at Yerba Buena-San Jose, 7 p.m.; San Mateo at Gunn, Sequoia at Fremont-Sunnyvale, Capuchino at Homestead-Cupertino, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s football schedule
De La Salle at Serra, Laney College at College of San Mateo, 1 p.m.; Mills at Harbor-Santa Cruz, El Camino at Washington-SF, 2 p.m.; King’s Academy at San Jose, Menlo School at San Angelo Central-Texas, 7 p.m.
The San Mateo girls’ golf team opened Peninsula Athletic League play with a 220-224 win over Menlo-Atherton at Poplar Creek in San Mateo Wednesday.
Aman Sangha, the reigning PAL tournament champion, fired an even-par 36 to pace the Bearcats. Teammate Lisa Sasaki, who was a top-four finisher at the 2012 PAL tournament, shot a 2-over 38.
Menlo-Atherton was led by Naomi Lee’s 4-over 40. Her teammate Ashley Utz was one shot back with a 41, while Ana Park came in with a 45.
Boys’ Water polo
Menlo struck the first big PAL blow by taking down Menlo-Atherton 10-8.
Menlo’s John Wilson recorded 19 saves for the Knights. Nick Bisconti scored five goals in the win.