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Kern and Sommers lose in Region finals in Walker

Shane Kern of the Lakes Area Boxing club fell one bout short of qualifying for the Golden Gloves Nationals after losing in the finals of the Midwest Regionals in Walker.

Kern defeated Matt Bresslin of North Dakota in the semifinals, then fell to Minneapolis' Manny Contreras in the championship bout.

Glenn Sommers of the White Earth Nation boxing club defeated Andrew Cruz of North Dakota in the semifinals, but lost to Al Sands of Duluth in the finals.

"Both guys fought hard and trained hard," said LAB trainer Chris Holt. "I am proud of both of them. They are warriors."

Two boxers from Region 4 won their respected divisions in Nate Rubin of Brainerd (141 pounds) and Jesse Wannamacher of Fergus Falls (152).