Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, July 21, 2001

Hoopii earns U.S. bowling slot

Holly Hoopii of Honolulu finished fifth at the USA Junior Gold National Bowling Championships last Saturday in Reno, Nev.

Hoopii, 21, earned a berth on the six-member 2002 Junior Team USA, the first from Hawaii to earn a spot. She earned a $750 scholarship.

The team represents the United States in international competition beginning Jan. 1.

Australia's Nathan Hedge gets upside down on a wave
on the way to joining Hawaii's Sunny Garcia and Shawn
Sutton in the third round of the Billabong Pro at
Jefferys Bay, South Africa.

Garcia, Sutton advance, 3 other surfers ousted

Defending world champion Sunny Garcia and Shawn Sutton advanced to the third round while three other Hawaii surfers were eliminated at the Billabong Pro surf contest at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.

Sutton had one of the highest scores of the day, a 9.65 out of 10, in eliminating fellow Hawaii surfer Shane Dorian. Also eliminated were Hawaii's Kalani Robb and Andy Irons.

Metzger, Wong advance in FIVB beach doubles

The fourth-seeded team of Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong won their opening two matches yesterday at the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour stop in Marseille, France.

The Hawaii duo will face 12th-seeded Jose Loiola and Ricardo Santos of Brazil.

Last week, Metzger and Wong finished fourth at the tour stop in Italy. It had been incorrectly reported that the pair won the event.

Clay an invited guest at elite decathlon fiesta

Honolulu's Bryan Clay will be a special guest at the Emerging Elite Athlete Decathlon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M., today and tomorrow.

Clay is a member of the U.S. national team that will compete at the IAAF World Championships in Edmonton next month.

Night Men's Doubles opens play tomorrow

The Kailua Racquet Club Men's Night Doubles Tournament, one of Hawaii's top tennis events, begins qualifying-round play tomorrow.

Among the teams entered are defending champions Ryan Ideta and Eric Vervloet; Stephan Pampulov and Jan Tribler; David Lam and Howard Tacub; Lawrence Lowe and Mark Willman; Lincoln Leader and Malino Oda; and Chris Leong and Ryan Livsay.

Qualifying runs from tomorrow through Friday with matches 6 p.m. an 7:15 p.m. The Main Draw starts July 29 with the finals on Aug. 4 at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Tournament Director Bruce Nagel at 263-4444 or tournament co-chair Tod Tanaka at 547-5435.

Hawaii's Own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis and Hawaii Pacific alumnus cooled off a bit, going 1-for-3 in a 10-1 loss to Philadelphia. He reached on an infield single in the fifth inning with the score already 10-0, but he was erased when Tsuyoshi Shinjo grounded into a double play.

Agbayani was also the target of some criticism from a teammate. Backup catcher Todd Pratt blamed the Mets outfield for the team's struggles this season.

"I think we need some production out of our outfield," Pratt told the Newark Star-Ledger. "When you see one outfielder on each team who has the same numbers of all three of our starting outfielders, that's a big key."

The Mets' starting outfield in yesterday's game against the Phillies -- Agbayani, Joe McEwing and Shinjo -- have combined for 14 home runs and 67 runs batted in. Anaheim's Garrett Anderson has collected 16 homers and 66 RBIs.

For the record, Pratt has contributed a .156 average with a home run and three RBIs in 44 games.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: After four days off, the Iolani product was asked to get out of a jam with runners on first and second and one out in the seventh inning at Colorado.

Fetters did not come through, allowing Larry Walker and Todd Helton to pull off a double steal to put them in scoring position and letting Walker score on a wild pitch. Alex Ochoa followed with a triple to center field and Neifi Perez got on when he bounced into a fielder's choice to first, which erased Ochoa.

Fetters then served up a home run to catcher Ben Petrick and gave up a single to Brent Butler before closing out the inning.

Officially, Fetters came away with 2/3 of an inning pitched with a pair of runs charged to him.

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