THE SPRUCE CAPITAL BOXING STORY: by brian zelley
Today in 2012 it is called the Spruce Capital Warriors Boxing
Club coached Prince George sports hall of fame inductee
WAYNE SPONAGLE. For the complete story, we need
to go back to the days and years of IRVING and HAROLD MANN.
== JACK MEDA ==
on of the boxing starswas heavyweight
Jack Meda who is an inductee of the
Prince George Sports Hall of Fame.
Along the way there would be many
other excellent boxers such as
Harold Handlin, Laurie Rorick,
Sid McKnight, Laurie Mann,
Buzz Montour and many others
in recent years such as
2012 Canadian silver medalist
Thomas Speirs and Marcus Hume. In 1972, the
listed club officials were Harold Mann and Doug Martin.
== ALLAN BAYNE ==
Some may remember boxer ALLAN BAYNE. In 1984,
Allan would take part in the Silver Gloves that were
held Decenber 17 th. Bain would fight his way into
the finals as a junior open boxer and win against a
boxer from Cranbrook, BC. Some other well known
junior open boxers in that tournament were
Jason Downie, Tony Duffy, Paul Deluca, Manny Sobral,
Alan Brown and Troy Taylor.
But many more tournaments would take place over the
years. Ten years after that Silver Gloves victory as a
junior boxer Bayne would be part of the Canadian
Commonwealth Games boxing team in 1994.
1994 Commonwealth Games, Victoria, BC
*Some may remember Dennis Rorick when he boxed in the Sixties and
made it into the finals of the 1967 Diamond Belt tournament and
faced Donato Paduano in the finals.
== SID MCKNIGHT ==
of the few
During the eighties many Spruce Capital boxers engaged in
club shows and tournaments including:
Curtis Mann, Steve Noel, Todd Hatley, Tyler Walker,
Tyler Piddocke, Vince Schryver and Wade Csntelope.
In the 1984 Bronze Gloves, the Bronze Boy was
Tyler Piddocke of Prince George. The Bronze Boy runner-up
was Trent Storey of Gold River.
The Dawn of a New Age for Spruce Capital Boxers:
Fast forward to March 2013, and boxer Thomas Speirs
makes his pro debut with succes to begin a new journey
along the path of many Canadian professional boxers.
His long time club mate Marcus Hume was on the
Spruce Capital Boxing Club hosted card in an
amateur bout which he won.
Coach Wayne Sponagle
and Marcus Hume joined
Thomas Speirs at a news
coference prior to the
boxing show to discuss
the journey of club
member Thomas Speirs.