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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, December 2, 2000

Associated Press
Marco Antonio Barrera, left, lands a left to the face
of Jesus Salud during their WBO junior featherweight
title fight, won by Barrera on a sixth-round TKO.

Barrera beats
Salud at end
of sixth round

LAS VEGAS -- Marco Antonio Barrera set up a promised match with Prince Naseem Hamed by stopping former Hawaii boxer Jesus Salud at the end of the sixth round last night to retain his WBO junior featherweight title.

Barrera, who will move up in weight to fight Hamed, dominated from the opening bell against the veteran Salud, setting the tone of the fight in the first round with effective combinations to the head.

Barrera is tentatively scheduled to fight Hamed on March 3, 2001.

In the main event, Bernard Hopkins of Philadelphia stopped Antwun Echols of Davenport, Iowa, at 1:42 of the 10th round to retain his IBF middleweight title.

Australia’s Beachley,
South Africa’s Clarke
win women's surf titles

Star-Bulletin staff

Three-time Association of Surfing Professionals world champion Layne Beachley of Australia won her fourth Quiksilver Roxy Pro title yesterday at Sunset Beach while South African Heather Clarke took the Vans G-Shock Women's Triple Crown with consistent performances in all three Hawaii contests.

Beachley, 28, clinched her third consecutive world title three weeks ago on Maui.

Finishing second in the Roxy Pro was Keala Kennelly, the lone Hawaii finalist, who earned a spot on the 2001 World Championship Tour.

Hawaii's Megan Abubo, the WCT world runner-up, finished with a share of fifth place.

In the men's Rip Curl Cup, also at Sunset, the last six heats of the second round were completed, with Hawaii's Andy Irons and Isaac Kaneshiro among the winners.

Punahou coaching void

The boys' and girls' volleyball coaching vacancies at Punahou School probably will be filled early in January, athletic director Thomas Holden said.

Girls' coach Diana McKibbin stepped down earlier this week for personal reasons after leading the Buffanblu to a state championship.

Boys' coach Scott Rigg resigned his post last month for health reasons, after leading Punahou to its seventh consecutive state title.

McKibbin spent 16 years at Punahou, the past six as head coach.

"It leaves a tremendous void. She represented our program with such class,"Holden said.

McKibbin graduated from Kamehameha in 1976 and played for UC Santa Barbara and the University of Hawaii. She was a member of UH's 1979 championship team.

Punahou won state titles in 1996 and this year under McKibbin.

"She's been my mentor and friend," said senior setter Milia Macfarlane, who played four years under McKibbin. "She's very knowledgeable, poised and controlled. It was a privilege for me to be taught by her."

Veriato qualifies for senior tour

Steve Veriato finished in a tie for fourth place in the Senior PGA Tour qualifying tournament yesterday at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., to earn a full exemption for 2001 yesterday.

The Big Island native shot a final-round 67 for a 72-hole total of 277, earning $15,375, besides his tour card.

Bob Gilder, a six-time winner on the PGA Tour who turns 50 later this month, was the medalist with a 71-269.

The low 16 finishers received 2001 tour cards .

Bowl games topic at QB Club

Fritz Rohlfing, the CEO of Aloha Sports Inc. (formerly Bowl Games Hawaii), will announce the final two teams for the Aloha Bowl and Oahu Bowl during the Honolulu Quarterback Club meeting Monday at the Pagoda Hotel.

Also speaking will be Sean Maskell, head coach of the state runner-up St. Francis High School girls' volleyball team, University of Hawaii running backs coach Wes Suan and UH defensive line coach Vantz Singletary.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and the program starts at noon.

Jones, McKnight to speak

Head coach June Jones and special teams coach Dennis McKnight of the University of Hawaii football team will speak at Monday's meeting of the Na Koa Club at the Stan Sheriff Arena hospitality room.

Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10 for club members and $15 for nonmembers.

Yamauchi lifts prize

Hawaii teen-ager Bryce Yamauchi won the title in the 123.2-pound class yesterday in the American Open weightlifting championship meet at Buffalo, N.Y.

Weighing in at 112 pounds, Yamauchi, 15, snatched 165 pounds and clean and jerked 215.6 pounds. His clean and jerk set a national school-age (16-and-under) record for the weight class.

Lanikai paddle fest

One- and two-paddler canoes will race in the eighth annual Hinano/Hurricane Lanikai Cold Pack Classic tomorrow at Lanikai Beach.

See line scores and results in
the [Scoreboard] section.

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