Students from Niles McKinley High School competed in the 25th annual K.O. Drugs boxing tournament held each Monday in April at the Palermo Center in Campbell.
Rounds were 45 seconds each in the three nights of the four-night event. They were lengthened by 15 seconds for the title bouts, which resulted in the addition of another round. More than 100 students from 40 schools competed in the event. The tournament is open to all high school students in grades ninth through 12th.
Super cruiserweight Terrell Neely, freshman, and heavyweight Nick Lardas, sophomore, were underclass division winners of the competition. Upperdivision class winners were Josh Mango, junior, who won the Upperclass Divison junior middleweight crown.
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RIGHT:?Niles McKinley High School students will be participating in the K.O. Drugs boxing tournament held each Monday in April. Participants from Niles high school pictured front row from left are: freshman Terrell Neely, senior L.J. Cox and junior Josh Mango. Back row, from left, are junior Chaz Johnson, sophomore Nick Lardas, senior Anthony Ruman, junior Shane Nuzzi and senior Dillon Palmer.
Also competiting in the final rounds and taking home trophies were senior L.J. Cox, junior Chaz Johnson, senior Anthony Ruman, junior Shane Nuzzi and senior Dillon Palmer.
Several of the students train at the Niles Boxing Club / Lincoln Street gym with coaches Rick Palmer and Renee Sherry.
The tournament was a double elimination bout with all Niles boxers finishing in the final week of competition on April 30.
Boxing also will be on display at the McKinley High School art show on Sunday when art student Allison Mitcham exhibits her work, '' The Boxer.'' Allision, a junior, recently won two Gold Key Awards in the Northeast Scholastics Art Competition, Best in Show and Honorable Mention at the Trumbull County Art Show, as well as honorable mention at the YSU English Festival Art Contest.