Jameel Smith, Martin Ruiz honored by MVFC
Two Youngstown State football players were selected Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week.
On defense, safety Jameel Smith returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Penguins’ 35-24 win at Indiana State on Saturday.
Smith’s return tied for the second-longest in school history.
Smith finished the game with six tackles.
As a newcomer, tailback Martin Ruiz led the Penguins’ ground attack with a career-high 141 yards on 23 carries and scored three touchdowns.
He had scoring runs of 44 (on YSU’s first offensive play from scrimmage), 13 and six in the win.
Scotty Jones shoots 149
Scotty Jones tied for 69th with a 149 at the 33rd U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship.
Jones shot 70-79—149.
Matthew Mattare of Jersey City, N.J. leads with a 67-69—136, trailed by Kenny Cook, 73-65—138.
The cut was made at 148.
The tournament runs Oct. 5-10 at the Country Club of Birmingham.
Melinda Trimmer commits to YSU
Melinda Trimmer, a junior at West Branch High School, has made a verbal commitment to play basketball with the Youngstown State women’s basketball team.
Trimmer is a junior point guard for the Warriors.
Last year, under coach Walt DeShields, the Lady Warriors finished 23-3 overall, winning the Northeastern Buckeye Conference (12-2) title.
Trimmer led the Warriors in scoring, assists, steals and free throw percentage while shooting 43% in three-point field goal percentage.
“I’m so blessed to have the opportunity to play at the next level for Coach [John] Barnes and Youngstown State,” Trimmer said.
Mooney soccer prevails
The Cardinal Mooney High School girls soccer team defeated Eastlake North 7-3 at Valley Sports.
Elizabeth Philibin and Lexy Herman scored three goals apiece for Mooney (7-6).
Alajah Crockett also scored while Taylor Sikich and Isabel Stoeber made assists.
Miguel Cotto stops Delvin Rodriguez
Miguel Cotto stopped Delvin Rodriguez in the third round Saturday night in a junior middleweight bout at Amway Center.
Cotto improved to 38-4 with his 31st knockout, working quickly in his first fight since losing being unanimously outpointed by Austin Trout in December. Rodriguez dropped to 28-7-3.
“It feels good to win and be able to do it in front of a wonderful crowd,” Cotto said. “I thought I hit him with some good shots early and I was able to get the stop.”
Cotto attacked Rodriguez from the sound of the bell, going after him with left hooks to the body.
Near the end of the second round, Cotto landed a strong combination, finishing with a left hook to the head that staggered Rodriguez.
Rodriguez takes 1-day classic Lombardia title
Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain bounced back from a defeat at last weekend’s world championships to successfully defend his title in the Il Lombardia single-day cycling classic Sunday.
The Katusha rider completed the 150-mile route from Bergamo to Lecco, along Lake Como, in 6 hours, 10 minutes, 18 seconds.
Alejandro Valverde, a Spaniard with Movistar, was runner-up, 17 seconds behind.
Rafal Majka, a Pole with Saxo-Tinkoff, was third, 23 seconds back.
The victory moved Rodriguez ahead of Tour de France champion Chris Froome for first place in the UCI WorldTour rankings. Froome withdrew from the Il Lombardia because of back pain.
Vindicator staff/wire reports