Remember my little pal Alex Mazzarisi, the 12-year old boxer from Princeton.
He may look an unsuspecting foe with his tiny frame, but he packs a wallop when he puts on the boxing gloves. And his reputation precedes him in the ring.
He showed up at an area regional in Racine, Wis., and no one wanted to fight him. His first would-be challenger had lost to Alex three times already and did not care to try a fourth time.
They had another opponent lined up, and he backed out as well.
Those forfeits send Alex packing to the Junior Olympics Region 6 Regional in Lincoln, Neb., from May 16-18, where he will face boxers from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The regional champions earn a ticket to the Nationals in West Virginia.
Alex plans to box in Puerto Rico in July.
Alex is looking for sponsors who would like to support his trip to Nebraska. Contact his father Steve at 815-275-0461 if you are interested.
• Prayers for Wethersfield: The Kewanee Wethersfield community suffered a tragic loss over the weekend with the death of a 16-year-old sophomore male student who took his own life. He was very active in band and sports.
I understand cyber bullying was involved. If you are doing any bullying of any sort, stop it. It’s a cowardly thing to do. It certainly doesn’t make you bigger than anyone else. It makes you worse.
If you know anyone who is doing it, tell them to stop. If you know anyone who is the victim of bullying, be there for them and get them help.
That is the right thing to do. Not one young person should be pushed so far they feel they have only one way to make it all stop.
A visitation was held at Wethersfield Wednesday night and fellow students will say their farewell Thursday at school.
We have suffered our own losses in our communities in recent years. We know what they are going through. Please say a prayer for the family and the Wethersfield community.
• Sisters act: Typing up the Hall softball box score last week, I couldn’t help but notice the common theme in the Lady Devils outfield. It was all Whightsils across the board — junior Kylie was in left, senior Deidra in center and freshman Faith in right.
Certainly not a first in a high school setting, but it has to be unique just the same. The Alou brothers (Felipe, Matty and Jesus) made history when they teamed up for a game in 1963 in the San Francisco Giants outfield.
• Hi Mom: Wanted to give an early Mother’s Day shoutout to my mom, “Redbird” Ruth Hieronymus down in Atlanta, Ill. She gets caught up on the news here via www.bcrnews.com. You’re the best, Mom. Love you.
Kevin Hieronymus is the BCR Sports Editor and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.