Empire State Games gold medalist Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo makes his professional boxing debut tonight with a scheduled four-round fight in the 130-pound division against Thomas McCuiston of the Bronx (1-1) at Albany's Washington Avenue Armory.
Sanchez trains at the Olympia Boxing Club, 300 Pearl Street, under the guidance former light heavyweight contender Jimmy Ralston.
Sanchez, 19, captured the ESG title in the 132-pound class last July in Westchester. He was the lone boxing gold medalist from the Western Region.
"I waited until now to turn pro because I wanted coach Ralston to teach me to sit down on my punches," Sanchez said. "I'm punching much harder as I head into my first professional fight."
FOOTBALL: The New York State Association of Certified Football Officials, Inc. elected Dale Mussen as a director and re-elected Doug Hartmayer and Joe Jastrzmski as directors. Joe Wolf was presented the John D. Burns Memorial Award, Paul Tryzbinski received Richard Leous Service Award, George Santoro was presented a 30-year membership award and Bob Fix, Brian Gasuik and Robert Schreck all got 20-year membership awards.
VOLLEYBALL: The North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks will hold an open program for adults at Spruce Elementary School from 6:30-9 p.m. Fridays beginning Nov. 16. There is a fee of $20 for residents, $30 for nonresidents, for the 2007-08 school year. Registration will be accepted at the Rec office at 500 Wheatfield St. For more information, contact Patty Brosius at 695-8520 (ext. 508).
BASEBALL: The Buffalo School of Baseball will hold a two-hour pitching clinic for players ages 8-15 from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at New Era Park, 3950 Broadway Ave., Depew. To register, call 681-3001. . . . An exhibition series for high school varsity teams will be held next spring near Cooperstown. Tournaments for 13-under, 14-under, 15-under, 16-under and 18-under summer teams will be held on Memorial Day weekend and during the summer. Interested coaches should contact Harvey Sandig at (631) 650-5759 or firstname.lastname@example.org with open dates and number of games desired.
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