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Thursday, April 29, 2004


Seasiders tab Tokunaga as athletic director

After serving for more than 10 months as the interim athletic director at Waianae High School, Glenn Tokunaga had the interim tag removed from his job title, the school announced yesterday.

Tokunaga, who led the Waianae baseball team to an OIA championship in 1998, retired as head coach in June of 2002 and went on to replace Leo Taaca on June 1 of last year as interim AD.

Roosevelt, Mililani win OIA golf titles

The Roosevelt girls and Mililani boys teams won the Oahu Interscholastic Association championship in golf yesterday at the Turtle Bay Resort. For the Trojans, this was their second straight title.

Taking home the individual titles were Waianae's Alvin Okada and Leilehua's Britney Choy.

Okada shot a 1-under 71 yesterday, the low round of the tournament, to finish with a two-stroke victory over Leilehua's Kelly Aoki, and Trojans Colin Imaoka and Bronson Kalilikane.

Choy, meanwhile, was hardly challenged, as her two-day total of 144 was 11 shots better than Roosevelt's Xyra Suyetsugu.

Yee of Punahou sweeps in ILH gymnastics

Punahou's Amanda Yee swept all four events, winning the vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor yesterday in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu master individual gymnastics championships.

Kamehameha's Ryan Kahanu won three events and was second in a fourth, pommel horse, in the boys competition.

Punahou's Michael Ono won the pommel horse.

Punahou's Maile Letourneau was runner-up to Yee in every event. Yee's 9.9 on the balance beam was the best score of the day.

UH's Young in Trackwire's 'Dandy Dozen'

Hawaii freshman Kelly Young was named to Trackwire's Dandy Dozen power rankings this week in the 800 meters.

The Australia native was ranked No. 11 in the country in the event after breaking the 21-year-old UH record by clocking in at 2 minutes, 7.47 seconds at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

She also qualified for the NCAA championships in the 400-meter hurdles by running the second-best time in school history in that event, 1:00.18, April 23 at the Drake Relays.

UH runs at the Stanford Distance Invitational tomorrow and returns home to host its second Sunset Meet on Saturday at Cooke Field.

Wahine sign Kamehameha star Robinson

Kamehameha All-State softball player Kate Robinson has signed a national letter of intent to play for Hawaii, UH coach Bob Coolen announced yesterday.

Robinson played multiple positions and started as a sophomore for a state championship team. She had a 10-2 record as a pitcher as a junior, and was a Star-Bulletin first-team All-State honoree this spring as a designated hitter.

She is projected as an infielder at UH, but pitching hasn't been counted out yet, Coolen said.

"We saw her play the corners and that is where we are addressing our needs at this time," he said. "We hope to use her at third base, and we may try to develop her in the circle, too."

Robinson's signing completes Hawaii's 2005 recruiting class.

Aloha Section PGA tourney this weekend

Professionals will play for a $21,000 purse this weekend, May 1-3, at the 17th annual Aloha Section PGA Verizon Hall of Fame Championship at the Plantation Course at Kapalua.

The tournament is a 36-hole stroke play event, featuring defending champion Kevin Carll and former winners Ron Castillo Jr., Kevin Hayashi, Brendan Moynahan and Dave Pritchett.

The championship is held in conjunction with the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame.


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