Paladini one of league's best once more

St. Francis grad is one of Best XI for a second year in a row, as RailHawks are in league's title final.

October 26, 2010|By Grant Gordon,

GLENDALE — The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.



St. Francis High graduate Daniel Paladini and the Carolina RailHawks are still vying for a United States Soccer Federation D-2 championship.

But Paladini was already bestowed a postseason accolade of his own as he was named to the pro league's Best XI. Upon being named to the team on Thursday, Paladini had scored seven goals, which was second highest on his club, and shared the team-high with five assists.


"It's not just me out there, it's the whole team," Paladini stated in a press release. "This is probably the best team I've ever played on. They make it easy for me to get forward and get the ball around the goal. It's great to receive the award, but in this game it's a team effort and not just the individual."

Added RailHawks Coach Martin Rennie: "It's Daniel's second year in a row that he has been voted to the best eleven, and it's well-deserved. He has been a big player for us and won games for us. We look for him to continue that now until the end of the season and help the team win a championship."

The RailHawks will host the Puerto Rico Islanders in the second leg of the championship on Saturday after Puerto Rico won the first match, 2-0, on Sunday in Puerto Rico. According to the RailHawks' website, the team must win by at least three goals to take the championship or be winning by two goals to force overtime for a possible title win.

Also on the RailHawks is Sean O'Connor, a goalie who's another St. Francis High graduate.



Unbeaten boxing prospect and rising start Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan told the News-Press at Friday's Glendale Glory 3 event at the Glendale Civic Auditorium that plans are in motion for his next fight.

He's scheduled to face Pawel Wolack, pending the latter's signing of the contract according to Martirosyan.

Perhaps more interesting, at least to local boxing fans, is that the Glendale fighter might fight in front of a home crowd, as Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum is apparently interested in holding the event on Dec. 18 at Glendale High's Moyse Field.

Martirosyan, 24, is 28-0 with 17 knockouts, while Wolack, 29, is 27-1 with 17 KOs.



Brennan Amirkhizi of the Glendale Community College men's golf team captured the Burbank City Championship Tournament on Sunday at DeBell Golf Club in Burbank. Amirkhizi finished the 54-hole event, which began Friday, with a five-over-par 218.

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