Digest: Lorenzo 'Truck' Simpson wins his sixth National Silver Gloves championship
Feb 10, 2016 at 3:31 AM
Lorenzo "Truck" Simpson, 15, of Baltimore won his sixth Ringside Boxing National Silver Gloves Tournament Championship on Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Independence, Mo., and he learned a lesson in doing so.
"Towards the very end of the last round, I got knocked down for the first time in my life," Simpson said. "I was winning the whole fight, and I figured I had the fight won, but that's when I got caught. I'm glad I won the fight, and I get to go back home with another championship. It just goes to show that you can't relax at all until that final bell rings. Everything is a learning experience for me, and I plan to work on things with my coaches so that I can be better the next time I fight."
Simpson, competing at super middleweight (165 pounds), won three fights in three days to win his division title in the annual tournament, which features competitors from ages 8 to 15 in different weight classes. Simpson surpassed Oscar De La Hoya and Dominic Wade on the list of five-time National Silver Gloves champions and joined Nico Hernandez of Wichita, Kan., as the only other current amateur boxer to win six National Silver Gloves titles.
"It is an honor to win another National Silver Gloves Championship this year, because it's my last year being able to participate in the tournament due to my age," said Simpson, whose amateur record is 145-2. "It's a real accomplishment to win an event like this, because I've had to deal with things like nagging injuries, a head cold, plus you have to fight and win several fights back-to-back. In the pros, you fight just one fight and you get to rest for a few weeks. Winning six titles just shows the amount of work I've put in. It feels good to get recognized for doing something big in boxing and to show other kids where I'm from that anything is possible if you put the work in. Everyone that knows me or follows my social media knows that boxing is an important part of my life."
Simpson, a 10th-grader at Franklin, trains with coaches Calvin Ford and Kenny Ellis at Upton Boxing Center on Pennsylvania Avenue.
"In a multiple day, single elimination tournament, the boxers with the most skill advance, and then it comes down to the fighter's will to overcome adversity and fatigue," Ellis said. "Truck is one of the hardest workers in our gym, so I had no doubt he would win. In his first fight in this tournament, he won on a quick first-round stoppage. Then in the second fight, I thought he was trying too hard to go for the knockout, but won by decision. He looked good in the championship fight, and displayed the athleticism we see from him on a daily basis in the gym. His defense needs to be tightened up some, and there are some other technical deficiencies we want to eliminate. Other than that, myself and Coach Calvin were pleased with his performances."
Said Ford: "I'm proud of Lorenzo's xixth National Silver Gloves championship. It's another big story for the city of Baltimore and our gym, Upton Boxing Center, which is a Baltimore City Parks and Recreation facility. I can't say we saw anything different in the setup of this trip compared to any prior trips, because Lorenzo has been traveling for boxing tournaments since he was 10 years old. He did get a taste of adversity in the championship fight of his bracket. He was knocked down in the last round, but he got up, shook it off, beat the count, and finished strong. That experience will help him in future fights moving forward. Winning three fights back-to back within 24 hours between fights is a hard task for a kid. Going into the last fight, your body takes a beating and you have fight through those things.
"I'll give him a few days off from the gym. I would have liked for him to fight at 154 pounds, but he elected to fight at his walk-around weight instead. I'd like to work on that weight issue, build his strength, and those things should help as he moves to the next level of competition. He is still growing, so time will tell. We will continue to build off what we've been doing. Everything else is based on how he chooses to carry himself and the sacrifices he's willing to make in order to continue to be the best. He has now graduated to the next level, so we'll go back to drawing board, keep working, and see what's next."
Terps' nonconference football schedule rated third-easiest by ESPN
ESPN.com has ranked Maryland's nonconference football schedule as the third-easiest in the country among Football Bowl Subdivision schools. The Terps open the season by hosting Howard on Sept. 3 before traveling to Florida two weeks in a row to play at Florida International and Central Florida. Those three teams went 6-29 in 2015. Fellow Big Ten teams Indiana, Purdue and Iowa also make the list, which is topped by Baylor. In 2013 — well before Maryland officially joined the conference — Big Ten teams agreed to stop scheduling Football Championship Subdivision teams during nonconference play, and last July, commissioner Jim Delany announced new scheduling criteria that included nine league games, no FCS teams and one game against a team from another Power Five conference. Teams that already had agreements in place to play FCS teams would be allowed to honor those agreements. According to FBSchedules.com, Maryland has Towson on its schedule for 2017 and Iowa is scheduled to play Northern Iowa in 2018.
—Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group
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Women's lacrosse: Maryland sophomore attacker Megan Whittle (McDonogh), Maryland senior midfielder Taylor Cummings (McDonogh), Maryland senior defender Alice Mercer (Century) and Penn State junior defender Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright) were named to Lacrosse Magazine's All-America preseason team.
Women's basketball: Maryland signees Destiny Slocum, a point guard from Mountain View High in Meridian, Ind., and Kaila Charles, a small forward from Riverdale Baptist, are among 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Trophy, which goes to the best girls player in the country. ... Georgetown guard Dionna White (Milford Mill) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I Rookie of the Week. ... McDaniel senior guard Brittney Davis (St. Vincent Pallotti) was named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week. ... Stevenson sophomore forward Sara Tarbert was named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
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Injury ends career for River Hill wrestler Shealy
River Hill senior wrestler Matt Shealy will have surgery Friday to repair meniscus tears and cartilage damage in his left knee, meaning his season and career are over. Shealy was 30-0 this season as he competed between 113 and 120 pounds. Last season, he was 37-5 last year en route to winning the Class 4A-3A state championship at 106 pounds.
For more of Tim Schwartz's article about Shealy, go to baltimoresun.com/varsity.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United has reached an agreement with Argentine power Boca Juniors to acquire midfielder Luciano Acosta on loan for this season, sources familiar with the negotiations told The Washington Post. Club officials declined to comment on their pursuit, but those sources say the 21-year-old playmaker is scheduled to arrive in Washington today to undergo a physical and sign a contract. In other news, United acquired the Colorado Rapids' natural third-round pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft for forward Conor Doyle, 24, who started 10 MLS games last season and scored two goals.
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Gymnastics: Edgewood alumnus Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore, a U.S. national team member, and Marriotts Ridge alum Kyle Zemeir of Ellicott City will compete in the Winter Cup Challenge Feb. 18-20 at the Cashman Convention Center in Las Vegas.