Humboldt Crabs top Menlo Park Legends on David Hamilton’s walk-off home run

first_imgARCATA >> Spotting the opposition a six-run lead was far from how Tyson Fisher envisioned the start Sunday’s series finale against the Menlo Park Legends going. But his team’s subsequent comeback was just about as good as it gets.They chipped, chipped, chipped away at the early deficit.Then, with one crack of the bat, delivered the knockout punch.David Hamilton’s solo home run high into netting beyond the right field wall with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning not only gave the Crabs …last_img read more

‘Baby Jake’: small boxer, big heart

first_img“Baby Jake” Matlala, watched by former President Nelson Mandela and top Hollywood actor Will Smith, brought the curtain down on his 22-year professional boxing career on March 3, 2002 with a seventh-round stoppage win over Juan Herrera to retain his WBU junior flyweight title.It was a fitting end to an illustrious career that has earned Matlala legendary status in South African boxing.His record, falling at one stage to 22 wins, one draw and seven losses, finished up at 52 victories, two draws and 12 losses. Along the way he collected the WBO flyweight, WBO junior flyweight, IBA junior flyweight and WBU junior flyweight titles, becoming the only South African boxer to win four world titles.Shortest ever world championThe shortest ever world champion, Matlala began his career on February 2, 1980 with a fourth-round victory over Fraser Plaatjie in Port Elizabeth. A year later, Matlala had his second professional fight, which he lost.However, five fights later – four wins and a draw – Matlala landed the Transvaal junior flyweight title with a fifth-round technical knockout win over Simon Moema. It took him three more contests to become the South African junior flyweight champion.He successfully defended the title twice before suffering a 12th-round loss to Mveleli Luzipho in October 1983, dropping his record to 10 wins, one draw and two losses. The little man with the all-action style then claimed eight wins in succession, including his first victory over an overseas opponent. He then challenged Luzipho in a return match for the South African title, which ended in failure with another 12-round loss in November 1985.Not much taller than a HobbitAt 4ft 10in or 147cm, “Baby Jake” is not much taller than the average Lord of the Rings hobbit. This, he tells Lucille Davie, is part of the reason why he quit boxing. He had run out of small people to fight.Matlala’s record was blotted when he suffered successive defeats to one fighter. In early 1996, he faced Vuyani Nene in Port Elizabeth and lost. After beating Pillay Duiker to retain the Transvaal junior flyweight title, Baby Jake again fought Nene, exactly one year after his loss to the Eastern Cape fighter, but this time for the South African title. Nene once more had the challenger’s number, stopping Matlala in the 11th round.Lost to NeneAfter a points victory over Kirk Morris, the diminutive Matlala took on Nene on November 1, 1987, seven months after his unsuccessful challenge for the national title. He lasted the distance, but for the third time Nene outboxed him.Matlala subsequently racked up another three victories, including one over Daniel Ward, who later became the Commonwealth flyweight champion. These wins raised his record to 22 wins, one draw and six losses. Nene once again proved to be Matlala’s nemesis, defeating him on points for the South African title. At this stage of his career, in 1988, Matlala had lost seven fights, four of those to Nene.If Matlala was discouraged, he did not show it. The following year, in 1999, he again challenged for a South African title, this time as a flyweight. He came up short, however, losing on points to Jaji Sibali. He then registered a run of eight victories, including wins over two Mexican fighters and a successful outing against Wele Maqolo to lift the vacant South African junior flyweight title.World title crackAfter retaining his title against Ndoda Mayende, Matlala had his first crack at a world title in September 1991 when he took on Dave McCauley for the IBF flyweight title in Belfast. He failed in his attempt, suffering a 10th-round knockout at the hands of the Irishman.Three wins later, including a successful defence of his South African crown and a victory over Mexico’s Raul Acosta, Matlala challenged Pat Clinton for the WBO flyweight title in May 1993. In front of Clinton’s home town supporters in Glasgow, the South African boxer overwhelmed his opponent to capture his first world title on an eighth-round technical knockout.He added another four wins to his record, including three in title defences, before suffering his 10th career loss to Alberto Jiminez who stopped him in the eighth round at Hammanskraal in February 1995. His next bout, three months later, ended in a draw against Liberia’s Sam Stewart.Two-time world championTwo fights later, Matlala was a world champion for the second time. In November 1995, he defeated Paul Weir on a technical decision in five rounds to secure the WBO junior flyweight title as Glasgow again proved to be his happy hunting ground.In early 1996, Matlala again took on Weir in Liverpool and retained his WBO crown. After a 12-round victory over Mickey Cantwell, he challenged Michael Carbajal for the IBA junior flyweight title. The experts argued that this would be the toughest fight of Baby Jake’s career, against a fighter regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world.Fighting in Las Vegas on 18 July 1997, before a large American television audience, Matlala delivered the best performance of his career, battering Carbajal for nine rounds before the referee stopped the fight, with the Mexican clearly a beaten man. That victory raised Matlala’s profile and stock considerably and, of course, earned him another world title.SA vs SAAfter a further four wins, including two title defences, Matlala relinquished the IBA title to face another South African, Hawk Makepula, in February 2000 for the vacant WBO junior flyweight title. It was a bout the South African boxing public had been clamouring for, but it ended in disappointment for Matlala, who lost on a controversial points decision.For the second time in his career he suffered two defeats in succession when his former sparring partner, Peter Culshaw, beat him on points for the WBU flyweight title in May of the same year.In February 2001, Matlala once more tasted world championship success, easily defeating Australia’s Todd Makelin in four rounds to claim the vacant WBU junior flyweight crown. In September, he retained the crown with a win in five rounds over Mickey Cantwell.Last fightFinally, Matlala drew the curtain on his career with the victory over Herrera, 11 years his junior.“Baby Jake” Matlala will be remembered as an all-action fighter who overcame his height and reach disadvantage by crowding his opponents, throwing a relentless barrage of punches. He will also be remembered for the fantastic condition that he kept himself in for his fights, right up to the age of 40.Above all, however, it was the little man’s big heart that captured the imagination of the South African public. Matlala always gave his best, earning the respect of opponents and spectators alike.Unsuccessful in so many attempts at winning South African titles, Baby Jake simply trained even harder, kept coming back – and suddenly started collecting world titles.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Trekhaus: A Passivhaus Duplex in Oregon

first_imgUpdated to reflect the installation plans for the photovoltaic systems.Work is very nearly completed on TrekHaus, a duplex built to the Passivhaus standard in southeast Portland, Oregon. At some point this spring, if all goes according to schedule, the west unit will be equipped with a 4.14 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic system and monitored for performance for a while before a similar system is added to the east unit. Once the renewable-energy systems are in place, the building is expected to operate at net zero energy with three people in each unit.While they might not get exactly the same sun exposure, the two homes in this project divide the space under the roof pretty neatly down the middle: the unit floor plans are mirror images, each with 1,556 sq. ft. of conditioned space, three bedrooms and two baths, and a 125-sq.-ft. semi-conditioned workshop.Passivhaus duplexes are hardly unique – GBA highlighted one in British Columbia in June – but this one does have a few atypical features. The name, for one. The duplex is owned by Ella Wong and Randy Hayslip, who explain in a website devoted to TrekHaus that because Wong is an obsessive “Star Trek” fan, the couple decided to play off the TV series’ “boldly go where no one has gone before” theme and tie it to the notion that the Passivhaus standard in the U.S. ventures into the frontier of energy efficient construction.Closely tracking performanceAnother feature of the building is the soy-based phase-change material, called BioPCM, that has been installed behind the drywall of one unit’s interior walls and second-floor ceiling. The building also is equipped with a system of monitors to track its performance. Students and faculty at the Green Building Research Laboratory, at Portland State University, will monitor the effectiveness of the PCM — the unit without it is the control. They will also study the performance of the shell and the building’s mechanical systems, as well as the effects of occupant behavior on the building’s performance. (One of the PSU grad students suggested testing BioPCM in the building.)TrekHaus is the second Passivhaus project for a design-and-build team headed by architect Robert Hawthorne, of PDX Living, LLC, and builder Bart Bergquist of Willamette Valley Remodeling, who in 2010 completed a three-bedroom, 1,407-sq.-ft. single-family home in Portland that met the standard. That project, called CoreHaus, attracted the attention of Wong and Hayslip, who liked the idea of nudging a Passivhaus building toward net-zero-energy performance by adding a photovoltaic array.Mechanical systems in the TrekHaus units include an AirGenerate AirTap heat-pump water heater, a Mitsubishi Mr. Slim SEZ-KD09NA minisplit heat pump, and a Zehnder ComfoAir 350 heat-recovery ventilator. Triple-glazed Thermotech fiberglass-framed windows are used throughout.Construction costs, excluding the land and PV system but including everything else, came to $150 per sq. ft., noted Hawthorne. Thermal resistance is R-38 for the floor, R-49 for the exterior walls, and R-83 for the roof. Airtightness came in at 0.34 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.Hayslip, a chiropractor who will use a portion of the first floor as office space, and Wong expect to rent out the second unit sometime early this year.last_img read more