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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, December 8, 1999

Matsumuras capture
golf honors for UH

Hawaii's Jaime Matsumura and Melanie Matsumura have been named the Western Athletic Conference men's and women's golf Athletes of the Month for November.

Jaime Matsumura, a freshman from Lihue, had consecutive top-10 finishes in two tournaments last month, including a tie for second place in the Nov. 22-23 Stan Sheriff Invitational.

Melanie Matsumura, a sophomore from Hilo, tied for second - the best finish of her UH career - in the Rainbow Wahine Fall Golf Classic on Nov. 16, losing out in a three-way playoff for the title.

Second Ripken-Nomo baseball camp Dec. 27-30

Ironman infielder Cal Ripken Jr. and pitcher Hideo Nomo will host the second annual Ripken-Nomo International Baseball Camp at the University of Hawaii Dec. 27-30.

The camp is open to 150 players from Hawaii, Japan and the U.S. mainland.

Daytime instruction will be conducted by Cal and Billy Ripken, Nomo, Michael Barrett and Jason Grilli, among others. Evening entertainment will include special organized outings.

There also will be a Dec. 28 fundraiser at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental Hawaii Hotel to benefit local youth baseball programs and facility/field upgrades.

For more information on attending the camp, call Hervy Kurisu at 973-7247. For more information on the fundraiser, call Lynette Lo Tom Communications at 524-6441.

Alexio returning to Blaisdell to tangle with 'Welsh Warrior'

Heavyweight kickboxing champion Dennis Kaheke Alexio will face European heavyweight champ Gordon "Welsh Warrior" Minors Dec. 18, at the Blaisdell Arena.

Alexio, who has a 69-1 record with 64 knockouts, last fought on May 8, knocking out challenger Anthony "Amp" Elmore in the 12th and final round.

Minors is 36-3 with 34 KOs.

Tickets are on sale at the Blaisdell box office or by calling 526-4000.

Maui's Oda heads slate of new USTA/Hawaii officers

Chris Oda of Maui is the president-elect of the United States Tennis Association/Hawaii Pacific Section.

Other board officers elected for a term through November 2001, are Tamotsu Tanaka of Oahu, vice president; Shirley Kagawa of Hawaii, secretary; Walter Wong of Oahu, treasurer; Cheryl Shrum of Hawaii, sectional delegate, and Jan Oyama of Oahu, past president.

Kart champ Gidley to conduct clinic at Hawaii Raceway Park

Memo Gidley, the 1999 Supernational winner of Shifter Kart USA, will be at Hawaii Raceway Park Saturday at 10 a.m. to instruct, answer questions and run a few laps with local kart racing enthusiasts.

Gidley's appearance will help kick off the Hawaii Shifter Kart Racing School's new semester of classes beginning in January.

For more information, call 923-9573.



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