Hilo staying home while
national tourney goes on
The Hawaii-Hilo (38-19) softball team failed to make the cut into the NCAA West Regional yesterday, remaining the seventh best team in a region where the top six teams play on.
"It makes it hard to tell the girls," Hilo coach Callen Perreira said. "I've been on the committee so I understand how this can happen, but it's their whole season."
Hawaii Pacific head coach Howard Okita was one of three coaches on the committee but refused to comment. Committee chair Frank Cheek of Humboldt State was not allowed to participate because his team was in contention, but did have a comment:
"These are the best of the best making this determination," Said Cheek, whose team barely made it. "They work 15-16 hours a week on this and not one of them takes this job lightly. I assure you that the right teams are in the regional and the seedings are just."
The seedings are as curious to Perreira as his team's being left out. PacWest champion Western New Mexico (41-9) dropped to No. 2 in the region despite winning the Mountain Dew Classic last week. They had been in the top spot in the region all season long.
UC Davis (39-11) took the top spot and will host the tournament rather than Western New Mexico. Joining them in order of seeding will be UC San Diego (35-23), Cal State Bakersfield (35-23), Cal State Chico (29-24) and Humboldt State (41-16).
Star power: The Vulcans fell short of postseason, but did tie Western New Mexico with four names on the PacWest's first team.
Pitchers Kristine Kahoalii and Taysha Anderson joined Michelle LaRose and Leinani Hashida on the list. Other Hawaii athletes making the team were Alicia Quindt and Melissa Marquez of Chaminade, Brandy Choy Foo and Jamie Reyes of Hawaii Pacific and Margaret Reynolds of Brigham Young-Hawaii.
Seasiders dominate PacWest tennis squads
The Brigham Young-Hawaii tennis teams took 12 of the 18 spots handed out by the Pacific West Conference in its postseason all-star teams.
The Seasiders, ranked No. 1 in both men's and women's tennis, put five members of their women's team on the all-conference list and four of their men made it.
HPU and BYUH, who each had three men on the first team singles, could meet each other in the second round of the national tournament.
Morita pours in 27 to beat St. FrancisKara Morita scored a game-high 27 points to lead Hawaii Baptist to a 60-51 victory over St. Francis last night in the first round of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu girls basketball tournament at McCabe Gym.
Morita converted 11 of 16 free throws, including 7 of 11 in the fourth quarter. Patrice Kodama added 10 points for the Lady Eagles, the ILH Division II qualifier in the tournament.
Chelsey Powell led Division I St. Francis with 16 points.
The teams combined to shoot 71 free throws (43 attempts in the fourth quarter) and were called for 54 personal fouls.
The tournament continues today at McCabe Gym with University playing Mid-Pacific at 5 p.m. and Sacred Hearts taking on HBA at 6:30 p.m.
Komine ready to pitch in to 'Huskers CWS runShane Komine, a Kalani High graduate who went on to become a two-time All-American at Nebraska, has been sidelined since April 5 with tendinitis in his right elbow.
But coach Dave Van Horn has indicated Komine could see action in relief in a homestand this weekend, or may start next Wednesday's game against Creighton at College World Series site Rosenblatt Stadium.