Giuriceo weighs in at 143 for Postol fight
Campbell High graduate Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo weighed in at 142.8 pounds and his opponent, Viktor Postol, weighed 143 at Friday’s weigh-in at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Giuriceo (17-2, 4 KOs) will meet Postol (26-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-round super lightweight bout tonight. The fight is on the undercard of the Danny Garcia-Lamont Peterson welterweight bout, which will be televised on NBC.
YSU baseball takes opener at Wright State
Alex Larivee and Shane Willoughby each a had two-run double and the Youngstown State baseball team beat Wright State, 6-5, on Friday evening at Nischwitz Stadium.
Larivee had a pair of hits, including a two-run double down the left-field line in the top of the eighth inning to give the Penguins a 6-2 lead over the Raiders. Those runs proved important as Mark Fowler hit a three-run homer in the ninth for Wright State.
YSU’s Jared Wight held the Raiders to one run on six hits and two walks over five innings to earn the victory in his first conference start of the season. Austin Lujano allowed a run in two innings and Anthony Konders came on for the final out to record his third save.
Youngstown State and Wright State play game two of the three-game series today at 2 p.m.
YSU volleyball banquet set for April 18
The Youngstown State volleyball team will hold its annual banquet on April 18 at the DeBartolo Stadium Club inside Stambaugh Stadium.
Fans are invited to attend the banquet as the program hands out awards for most valuable player, best offensive player, best defensive player, most-improved player, rookie of the year, academic achievements, seniors and letterwinners. There will also be a slideshow with memories from the 2014 season.
Doors to the event open at 6:30 p.m. with the buffet dinner begining at 7 p.m. and the program to follow. The cost is $20 and the deadline to RSVP is April 15. To make a reservation or to get information on sponsoring a student-athlete’s meal, contact assistant coach Sarah Smith at email@example.com.
Protesters ask Indians to alter nickname, logo
Chanting “We are people, not your mascots,” several dozen protesters gathered outside the Indians’ home opener urging the team to change its nickname and abolish the Chief Wahoo logo.
The protest has taken place each year on opening day for several decades. On Friday, the protesters, many of them Native Americans, carried signs that said: “Change the logo, change the name” and “Rethink, rename, rebrand” as fans walked into Progressive Field for the game against the Detroit Tigers.
Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio, said while the team has changed its primary logo to a block “C” and lessened Wahoo’s profile, it hasn’t been enough.
Yenyo says the logo is demeaning to Native Americans. He believes there are more Cleveland fans than ever who are sympathetic with their fight, and the movement has been helped by the protest against the Washington Redskins.
Wisconsin star Dekker entering NBA draft
Wisconsin Badgers junior forward Sam Dekker says he will skip his final season of eligibility and enter the NBA draft.
In a letter released Friday by the school, Dekker said he is excited for the next chapter of his life. Dekker averaged 13.9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the 2014-2015 season and helped the Badgers to a school-record 36 wins, Big Ten regular season and tournament championships, and Monday’s national championship game against Duke. He reached double-figure scoring in 27 of the final 31 games of the season.
Decker is from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and appeared in 113 games and 81 starts in his career with the Badgers. The draft will be held June 25 in New York.