Nashua PAL boxers take Golden Gloves championships

Courtesy photo In the second photo is, from left to right, Jesse Batanda, Nashua NH, the Central New England and New England 178 pound Novice Division Golden Gloves Champ, Mike Fontanez, Nashua NH, the Central New England and New England 165 pound Open Division Golden Gloves Champ. He also won the Central New England Golden GLoves Outstanding Boxer award and will continue on to the National Golden Gloves in Omaha Nebraska in May, and Joseph Valdes, Amherst NH, the 123 pound Central New England Golden Gloves Champ.

PAL Boxing

The Nashua Police Athletic League Boxing program just concluded its finest performance ever in the recent New England Golden Gloves Tournament.

Three athletes each won the Central New England Golden Gloves Championship while two went on to capture the overall New England Title. Jesse Batanda of Nashua won the 178-pound Novice Division Central New England title, thentook the overall Novice Division New England crown.

Joseph Valdes of Amherst and Mike Fontanez of Nashua competed in the Open Division (boxers with more than 10 bouts) and won Central New England titles. Fontanez also was named the Outstanding Boxer of the entire tournament. Both athletes competed in the overall New England Open Division Golden Gloves Tournament. Valdes, in the 123-pound weight class, lost in a close bout against the eventual champ, Felix Parilla, out of New Haven, Conn. Fontanez, the 165-pound entry, went undefeated throughout the tournament captured the overall New England Open Division Championship with a 3-2 split decision victory over Victor Reynoso of Providence, R.I.

Fontanez now continues on to compete in the National Golden Gloves Tournament in Omaha, Neb., in May.

The Nashua PAL Team was led by head trainer Muhammad Brooks and Nashua PAL gym manager Frank Chimento.

Senior Softball

The Nashua Senior Softball League is seeking players for the season scheduled to start with practices in mid-Apriul and the regular season in May.

Membership is open to all seniors age 60 and older and all skill levels.

Games are played on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings at Yudicky Field in Nashua.

More information is available at or by contacting contact Bob Lavoie at or calling 882-1471.