Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, April 15, 2001

Kauai's Andy Irons defeated Jake Paterson in top-notch surf at the
Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia, yesterday. Irons advanced
to today's quarterfinals where he goes up against CJ Hobgood.

Garcia, Irons advance

BELLS BEACH, Australia >> Hawaii's Sunny Garcia and Andy Irons both advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinals of the Rip Curl Pro surf meet.

Garcia eliminated Mark Occhilupo yesterday and will face Danny Willis today. Irons goes up against CJ Hobgood.

Macdonald first at meet

Punahou graduate Eri Macdonald, running for the University of Oregon, finished first in the women's 800-meter run at yesterday's dual meet in Eugene, Ore.

Macdonald was timed in 2 minutes, 14.49 seconds, edging out teammate Annette Mosey (2:14.84). Macdonald also placed third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:47.28, some 11 seconds behind winner Hanna Smedstad of Oregon.

Oregon won the meet against Washington, 88-65.


Reds' Chris Johnston tries to squeeze through a double-team
applied by Creative Industries' Stan Duncan (left) and Jeff Bell
in a Kaneohe 40-and-Over League basketball game Wednesday
night at Kaneohe District Park. Johnston added 15 points to
Chris Moody's game-high 23 as Reds won the game, 60-48.

Night women's tennis

The Kailua Women's Night Doubles professional tennis tournament opens Wednesday with quarterfinal matches at the Kailua Racquet Club.

Quarterfinal matches are at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Semifinals are at 6 and 7:15 p.m. Friday. Saturday's third-place match is at 6 p.m. followed by the championship match.

The tournament kicks off with a sponsors/players dinner on Monday.

For more information, call Bruce Nagel at 262-2057.

Ishii fading in Japan:

At Kawanishi, Japan, Masayuki Kawamura shot a par-72 and took a four-shot lead over Todd Hamilton in the Tsuruya Open. Hawaii resident David Ishii fell 11 shots back after a 74.

Coaches, reporters pick
Star-Bulletin all-stars

Question: How does the Star-Bulletin pick its all-star teams? -- G.S., Honolulu

Answer: The all-league teams are chosen by the vote of the coaches in their respective leagues. In the case of the Maui Interscholastic League, the Maui News helps conduct the balloting in some sports.

The Star-Bulletin's all-state teams are selected through a cooperative effort, based on imput from staff reporters and stringers who cover the games, and league coaches.

While it is not imperative that a player be on a winning team, team success is a factor in considering players for all-state honors.

Hawaii's own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis School alumnus is on the disabled list and is expected to be out for another 1-3 weeks.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani School product did not pitch against the Padres yesterday.

Chris Truby, Astros: The Damien graduate went 2-for-3, hitting two home runs - a solo and a two-run shot.

The starting third baseman also walked with the bases loaded, accounting for four RBIs in Houston's 7-4 victory over St. Louis.

Sid Fernandez, Yankees:The former New York Mets star who went to Kaiser High School, is retiring.

Sore knee sends El Sid to retirement

COLUMBUS, Ohio >> Sid Fernandez retired again yesterdday, his bid to make it back to the major leagues with the New York Yankees ended by a sore knee.

The 38-year-old left-hander, who had been out of baseball since 1997, surprisingly showed up at the Yankees' spring training camp in February with a minor-league contract.

The Kaiser alumnus made one start for Triple-A Columbus, giving up three runs on three hits in two innings against Louisville on April 7, before going on the disabled list.

Fernandez, 114-96 in 15 major league seasons, was part of the New York Mets' 1986 World Series champions. His last appearance in the major leagues was for Houston in 1997.



<< Tiger Woods: It may not be an official Grand Slam, but Woods became the first golfer to hold all four of the major pro titles simultaneously after winning the Masters tournament last Sunday.

Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team: The Seasiders extended their national-best winning streak to 99 consecutive matches, closing out the regular season with a 32-0 record. Two-time defending national champion BYUH begins its quest for a third straight NCAA Division II title next month.

Sony Open charities: Under the aegis of The Friends of Hawaii Charities and the Weinberg Foundation, some 83 Hawaii charities and not-for-profit organizations will split $600,000 raised through the golf tournament at Waialae Country Club and related events


>> Hawaii basketball fans: The NCAA Division I Management Council approved a proposal that would take away the "exempt'' certified status from college basketball tournaments such as the Rainbow Classic and Maui Invitational beginning with the 2002-2003 season. If passed later this month, it would significantly water down the tournament fields.

Australian national soccer team: The side from Down Under recalled its professional players from Europe for its first two World Cup 2002 qualifying matches. The result was a combined 54-0 tally against Tonga (22-0) and American Samoa (32-0).

Hawaii high school athletics: Another week of sports competition in the public high school leagues has been wiped out due to the teachers' strike, putting state championship events in tennis, golf, baseball, track and field and girls' basketball in serious jeopardy.

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