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Around the SCV: Local fighter drops out of match

Prep baseball players headed to major tourney, Olympian trains in SCV

Posted: July 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 17, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Local boxer Said El Harrak was scheduled to fight this Friday for the second time of his career on the Showtime network.

El Harrak, though, said he hurt his knee in training on Monday and will have to pull out of the eight-round junior middleweight fight.

The 29-year-old Hart High graduate was scheduled to fight the undefeated Julian Williams (9-0-1, four knockouts) at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez.

El Harrak is 10-2 with five knockouts.

He knocked knees with a sparring partner, which caused him significant pain.

He hopes to get back in the ring in September.

Vikings to play in RBI World Series

Valencia High baseball players Devon Davis and Anthony Lepre will be playing for a major championship in August.

The two sophomores-to-be were members of the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities West Regional junior (13-15-year-olds) championship team that advanced this past weekend in the Major League Baseball-sponsored RBI regional tournament.

The next step is a trip to Minnesota where U.S. and international teams will play in the RBI World Series from July 31 to Aug. 12 at various locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area.

The championship will be played at Target Field — home of the Minnesota Twins.

Davis batted .255 with nine RBIs in 51 at-bats this past season for the Vikings and Lepre batted .214 with four RBIs in 42 at-bats.

Count one more Olympian

If you’re looking for another Santa Clarita Valley connection in this year’s Summer Olympics in London, look to Kim Rhode.

Rhode, who has trained for years at Santa Clarita Valley’s Oak Tree Gun Club, is the world’s No. 1 ranked skeet shooter.

She is looking to become the first American to medal in five straight Olympics in an individual sport.

The Women’s Skeet will take place on July 29.

She will also compete in women’s trap on Aug. 4.

Rhode owns two Olympic gold medals, a silver and a bronze.

Santa Clarita Valley athletes in the Olympics are Anthony Ervin (swimming), Alysia Montano and Allyson Felix (track) and David Smith (men’s volleyball).



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