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Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, January 26, 2001

Bucs’ Dunn replaces
Smith in Pro Bowl

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay running back Warrick Dunn was added to the NFC Pro Bowl team yesterday as a replacement for injured Dallas running back Emmitt Smith.

Dunn, also a member of the 1997 Pro Bowl team, led the Buccaneers in rushing this season with 1,133 yards. He will join eight other Tampa Bay players in the Feb. 4 game in Honolulu.

Ex-Rainbow Cherry convicted:

Former University of Hawaii and NFL quarterback Raphel Cherry has been convicted a second time in the 1998 strangulation of his estranged wife.

Little Rock (Ark.) Circuit Judge Chris Piazza sentenced Cherry to 30 years in prison.

Moments after the conviction on a first-degree murder charge yesterday, Cherry, 39, told his wife's family he was sorry about her death but said he did not kill her.

"I never touched Jerri and that's the truth," he said.

Jerri Harris Cherry was found dead on a couch at her Jacksonville home Dec. 22, 1998. Prosecutors maintained that Cherry killed his wife in anger because she was pursuing a divorce.

Cherry was a fifth-round draft choice by Washington in 1985. He appeared in 42 games for the Redskins and Detroit between 1985-88.

He previously was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but a circuit judge overturned that conviction after jurors admitted they had violated his orders by talking about the case before deliberations.


Lobendahn to Washington

Star-Bulletin staff

St. Louis all-star linebacker Joseph Lobendahn verbally committed to Washington yesterday.

Lobendahn, who was named to the Star-Bulletin's all-state first-team defense, said he always wanted to "go away and play for a big-time school."

The 6-foot, 205-pounder, who was named a National Defensive Player of the Week by the Dick Butkus Football Network last fall, recorded 193 tackles, 43 tackles for losses, 9 sacks and 5 interceptions in his career at St. Louis.

"I know it will be a challenge going to the next level, but St. Louis prepared me well," said Lobendahn, who was also recruited by Wisconsin, Arizona, USC and Hawaii.

The 2000 ILH Defensive Player of the Year also lettered in wrestling and track and field at St. Louis.

Wahine picked second

The University of Hawaii women's softball team was picked to finish second behind defending WAC champion Fresno State in the preseason poll of conference coaches.

Fresno State, the No. 1 pick for the seventh year in a row, received four of six first-place votes and a total of 24 points. The Bulldogs are coming off a 50-win 2000 season.

The Wahine got the other two first-place votes and 22 points.

Loyola Marymount was third, followed by Portland State, Tulsa and San Jose State.

Tie in Pro Tour event

Jay Hunter and Chris Zambri were tied for the lead at 14-under par after three rounds in Pro Tour Hawaii's second of 10 events, at Waikoloa Village.

Zambri shot a 6-under-par 66 to move into the tie with Hunter, who had 67 yesterday.

Honolulu's Gregory Meyer shot a 68, putting him five shots off the lead and in a tie for 11th place.

U.S. sweep at Waikoloa

Americans claimed all eight quarterfinal berths after yesterday's second round of the Hilton Waikoloa Village U.S. Tennis Association Challenger on the Big Island.

Top-seeded defending champ Paul Goldstein of Rockville, Md. defeated unseeded Andy Ram of Israel, 6-3, 6-0.

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

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