Community sports roundup: Granger earns 2nd MMA title shot

Miranda Granger is fighting for another world title.

The rising mixed martial arts star and Glacier Peak High School graduate is going for her second professional championship belt when she fights Heloisa Azevedo for the first ever Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC) women’s strawweight title on May 25 as part of CFFC 75 at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, California.

Granger, a 26-year-old who fights out of Charlie’s Combat Club in Everett, is 5-0 since turning professional in 2017. She won her first professional title last September when she needed just 2 minutes, 45 seconds to defeat Amy Montenegro for the Dominate FC women’s strawweight (115 pound) belt. She made her CFFC debut in December in Atlantic City, New Jersey, when she dispatched Jamie Colleen in 2:11. Granger is ranked by Tapology.com as the 43rd-best female strawweight in the world.

Azevedo, a 27-year-old from Brazil, is 4-1 in her professional career and ranked by Tapology.com as the 95th-best female strawweight in the world. This is Azevedo’s first professional fight in the United States.

Baker places ninth at ice dancing worlds

Kamiak High School graduate Jean-Luc Baker and his partner Kaitlin Hawayek finished ninth in the ice dancing competition at the 2019 World Figure Skating Championships held Friday and Saturday in Saitama, Japan.

Baker and Hawayek finished with an overall score of 189.06, placing ninth in the rhythm dance and 10th in the free dance. The gold medal was won by France’s Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron with a score of 222.65.

Baker and Hawayek were 10th at the 2018 World Figure Skating Championships, which was their first time competing at worlds.

Pair receives regional track and field honors

Snohomish High School graduate Kodiak Landis, now a senior with the Central Washington University men’s track and field team, was named the West Region Field Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the NCAA Division II indoor season.

Landis finished 12th in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships on March 8-9 in Pittsburg, Kansas, with a score of 4,989. That earned Landis second-team All-American status.

Also, Lake Stevens High School graduate Brittany Aanstad, an assistant coach for the Wildcats, was honored by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association as the West Region Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.

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