Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, October 4, 2001

UH basketball seasons
under way next Friday

Star-Bulletin staff

The Hawaii men's and women's basketball seasons officially begin next Friday, Oct. 12, with the annual Coors Light Midnight Ohana. The event starts after the Wahine volleyball match that night against Texas-El Paso at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The festivities begin at 11:45 p.m., with the introduction of this year's men's and women's squads, a Rainbow vs. Wahine 3-point shootout, slam-dunk contest, and the men's intrasquad scrimmage.

In the week leading to Midnight Ohana, the men's and women's squads will be divided into two teams participating in challenges. There will be four challenges with the final two challenges taking place at Midnight Ohana.

Prior to the scrimmage, a male and female student will have a chance to win free tuition for Spring 2002 at the Honolulu Ford Shootout. Five males and five females will be chosen to compete in the shootout.

Limited reserved VIP seating is available for $25. Call Bobbie Omoto at the Basketball Office at 956-6501.

Pro surf tour to go ahead with events in Hawaii

The Association of Surfing Professionals said today that it will go ahead with the season-ending world championship event in Hawaii.

The Rip Curl Pro at Sunset Beach was in doubt after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which led to the cancellation of three events.

The ASP board decided during its two-day meeting on Australia's Gold Coast that its men's and women's world champions would be decided as usual in Hawaii in November.

Chun takes Mayor's Cup title by a single stroke

Mark Chun won the Mayor's Cup over the weekend with a 4-under-par 136 at the Ala Wai Golf Course.

Chun, a contract golf course starter at the Ala Wai, beat Troy Higashiyama by a stroke and Mark West by two shots.

Richard Noguchi won the A flight with a 146. Ed Jones and Alan Chang won the B and C flights with 150s. Mona Lee fired a 147 gross score to win the women's division.

HPU top-ranked again in Division II poll

Hawaii Pacific is the No. 1 team in the AVCA Division II Top 25 poll for the fifth consecutive week. HPU tallied 27 first-place votes while North Alabama, ranked second, received eight first-place votes.

HPU is four wins shy of tying Ferris State with a record 46 straight victories.

Vulcans finish 16th at mainland Adams Cup

Garrett Okamura shot a 13-over-par 224 and Hawaii-Hilo finished 16th in the Adams Cup hosted by Rhode Island.

New Mexico won the team title with an 854. Vanderbilt's Mark Donnell and New Mexico's Wil Collins shared the individual title with 4-under-pars.

The Vulcans compete in the Wolfpack Invitational this weekend in Reno.

Akana moves to Nuggets

Former Hawaii basketball standout Jarinn Akana has been hired to a front-office position by the Denver Nuggets.

Akana, 31, will work in player development and be the Nuggets' scout in Asia.

He joins the Nuggets from the Dallas Mavericks, where he was the assistant director of player development.

Last summer Akana was a guest coach with China's national team.

The Molokai High School all-stater played at Brigham Young-Hawaii before transferring to UH. Akana was also an assistant coach at BYUH and UH.

Hawaii's Own

Mike Fetters, Pirates: The Iolani graduate did not pitch in Pittsburgh's 3-0 loss to the New York Mets.

Chris Truby, Astros: The Damien product did not play in Houston's 11-8 loss to San Francisco.

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