ROCK FALLS – Two young boxers recently took top honors at the Illinois Silver Gloves competition in Rockford.
Secelia Nina Ann Russell and Damen Roman both became champions in their divisions for the tournament, which took place Dec. 17-18 at Flinn Middle School.
Russell captured the Silver Gloves title in the Girls Intermediate division and she represented the AWDF/Silva Boxing Club ministry at Harvest Time Bible Church, 1802 Dixon Road, Rock Falls.
The 14-year-old Challand Middle School student has been boxing for just over a year for the AWDF/Silva boxing club ministry under head coach Al Silva, assistant coach Jessie Prado and his father/assistant coach Carlos L. Davila.
The gym opened in October 2021, and it has an open door policy for anyone who wants to check it out. Free ministry is from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Roman, 9, represented Gladiator Boxing Club, 1112 W. LeFevre Road, Sterling.
The regional Silver Gloves tournament is Friday in Fremont, Nebraska.