Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, January 21, 1999

Jones hires D-line coach

University of Hawaii head football coach June Jones named Vantz Singletary as the Rainbows' defensive line coach, the seventh assistant coach hired by Jones since he was hired last month.

Singletary, the nephew of Hall of Fame Chicago Bears linebacker Mike Singletary, spent the past two seasons as defensive line coach at Southern. The Division I-AA Jaguars went undefeated in both Singletary's seasons there, including two Heritage Bowl victories.

Prior to his stint at Southern, Singletary spent five seasons as defensive coordinator at Trinity International University in Deerfield, Ill.

Singletary played one season in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles (1990).

Also yesterday, former UH offensive coordinator Don Linsey was named defensive coordinator for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

HPU splits doubleheader

Hawaii Pacific opened its baseball season by splitting a doubleheader against Sonoma State last night. The Sea Warriors took the first game, 6-4, and lost the second, 6-1.

In the opening game, the Sea Warriors put up four runs in the second inning, with Lee Anzai's single driving in two. Anzai would later score on an error by Cossacks center fielder Chris Buckles.

Eric Bentley went the distance in the seven-inning contest to earn the victory, his first as a Sea Warrior and the team's first in NCAA division II.

Sonoma State -- ranked No. 17 by Collegiate Baseball after a split with Hawaii-Hilo -- took the nightcap easily behind the solid pitching of Colin Hayes and a hitless three innings of relief work by Chad Bircher.

The teams play another doubleheader at 4 p.m. today at Hans L'Orange Park in Waipahu.

Pro Bowl replacements

Running back Emmitt Smith of the Dallas Cowboys and linebacker Hardy Nickerson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were added as replacement players to the NFC for the Pro Bowl.

Smith replaces San Francisco 49ers running back Garrison Hearst, who broke his leg during the playoffs. Nickerson will go instead of Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ed McDaniel, who has a knee injury.

THOMPSON, AOKI TIE: Leonard Thompson and Isao Aoki each shot a 65 to share individual honors at the MasterCard Pro-Am Tournament yesterday at the Big Island's Hualalai Golf Resort.

Joe Inman's team shot a 48 for the team title.

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