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Zavala is Region 4

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Eloy Zavala won the Region 4 Golden Gloves 132-pound Class A championship on Saturday at the Wadena National Guard Armory.

Zavala, 18, defeated Blake Herron of Brainerd in the three-round championship match, on a third-round TKO. Zavala, who trains with the Willmar Boxing Club, stopped Chaz Roper of Leech Lake in Friday’s semifinal, in the first round.

Zavala received the “Best Boxer” trophy and advances to the Upper Midwest meet April 19-20 in Cass Lake.

In other matches involving Willmar fighters, Eric Herzberg, 16, lost to Josh Johnson of St. Cloud Boxing at 140 pounds. In his ring debut, Anthony Duran, 11, defeated Alex Cantu of the Iron Range Boxing Club in the 90-pound division.

Wolves’ Dieng named Rookie of the Month

The NBA named Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng as its Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the month of March.

Dieng is the fifth player in franchise history to earn the award, joining Ricky Rubio (January 2012), Kevin Love (March 2009), Randy Foye (December 2006) and Stephon Marbury (January 1997).

Dieng, a 6-11 center, averaged 8.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game during the month, including averaging 12.1 points, on 64.5 percent shooting, and 12 rebounds per game over the month's last nine contests (six starts). Filling in for an injured Nikola Pekovic, Dieng made his first career start on March 16 and tallied then-career highs in points (12), rebounds (11) and blocks (5) to record his first career double-double. He became the first player to record 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 5+ blocks in his first NBA start since Elden Campbell in 1991.

He followed that performance with double-doubles in each of his next two games, including recording new career highs in points (22), rebounds (21) and assists (4) on March 20 at Houston. In doing so he became just the fifth player in Wolves history to record a 20-point/20-rebound game and the sixth player in the NBA to record a 20+ point, 20+ rebound game within his first three career starts (Dave Cowens, Larry Smith, Terry Cummings, Roy Tarpley and Enes Kanter).

On March 24, Dieng posted 11 points and 17 rebounds (seven offensive), and two days later he followed up with 15 points and 15 rebounds in a career-high 41+ minutes, his third game in a four-game stretch with 15+ boards. Since making his first NBA start on March 16, Dieng ranks fourth in the NBA in rebounds per game (12.0 rpg).

— Reuters/Staff reports