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Thursday, July 22, 2004


3 Rainbow Wahine picked preseason All-WAC

For the first time in four years, a Rainbow Wahine volleyball player was not picked the Western Athletic Conference's preseason Player of the Year.

Reigning AVCA Freshman of the Year Kanoe Kamana'o was one of three Rainbow Wahine volleyball players voted to the all-conference team yesterday. Kamana'o is the only returning starter from last season.

It was no surprise that Kamana'o was selected but the two players joining Kamana'o have not had significant playing time nor worn a Rainbow Wahine jersey. Sophomore Alicia Arnott and Washington State transfer Victoria Prince were also tabbed for preseason honors on the 12-player team.

Fresno State senior Kristen Fenton was named the preseason Player of the Year. The Bulldogs had the most players (four) selected to the team. Kahuku alum Tuli Peters, setter Robyn Keune and middle blocker Tiffany Bishop

Sheffield, Ito win Gee-Ito scholarship awards

Keaau High School valedictorian Sarah Sheffield and Nebraska senior Merynn Ito are the 2003-'04 recipients of the Bill Gee and Monte Ito Scholarship Awards for "oustanding achievement and/or potential in journalism and a sincere appreciation of golf."

The awards are named for the late Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame journalists Bill Gee of the Star-Bulletin and Monte Ito of the Honolulu Advertiser.

Sheffield was editor of her high school paper and the lone golfer on the Keaau team. She qualified for the state tournament all four years. She will attend Gonzaga and play on the golf team.

Merynn Ito was named to the National Golf Coaches Association All-American Scholar team and is a news-editorial major with a 3.567 grade point average. She is Nebraska's No. 2 golfer, and a Gee-Ito award winner for a third time.

The program was originated by the Golf Media Association of Hawaii and administered by the David S. Ishii Foundation and sponsored by the Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser.

Bulls off to good start at national tournament

The Honolulu Soccer Club Bulls '85 Under-19 boys team got off to a good start at the United States Youth Soccer National Championships Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Bays at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Duke Hashimoto scored the Bulls' first goal just two minutes into the match.

"We started out nervous and were fortunate enough to get an early goal that helped us loosen up," said Bulls coach Phil Neddo.

Satoshi Mitsuda gave the Bulls a 2-0 lead at the half with a goal in the 25th minute. David Gualdarama got the third goal in the 76th minute.

The Bulls play Scott Gallagher (Mo.) today and '84 CASL Elite (N.C.) tomorrow to complete pool play. The top two teams play for the championship Sunday.

Scott Gallagher opened with a 2-1 win over '84 CASL Elite Tuesday.

China's 20th longboard classic benefits ADA

The 20th China Uemura's Annual Longboard Surfing Classic will run tomorrow through Sunday to benefit the American Diabetes Association.

The Pro-Am division starts tomorrow at Kewalos. Thirteen other divisions -- ranging from Menehune to Grandmasters to 235-pounds and over -- will surf Saturday and Sunday at Kuhio Beach.

For information, call ADA at 947-5979 or China Uemura at 282-6967.

Hawaii golfers out of Women's Junior Amateur

FORT WORTH, Texas » Hilo's Amanda Wilson made it to the round of 32 before bowing out of the U.S. Women's Junior Amateur Championship yesterday, following a 2 and 1 loss to Marika Lendl in match play.

Wilson had previously beaten Alexandrea Schulte 6 and 4 in the round of 32.

Honolulu's Stephanie Kono and Ayaka Kaneko and Pearl City's Mari Chun -- who had shared medalist honors in Tuesday's stroke play portion of the tournament -- were eliminated earlier in the round of 64.

Yesterday's action also featured Chinese Taipei's Hsiao-Ching Lu beating Nevada's In-Bee Park in a 22-hole match.

Lee wins Player's Club tournament

Regan Lee had three birdies on a 2-over card yesterday in winning the Hawaii Golf Players' Club tournament at Koolau Golf Course.

Tommy Wilson tied Lee's stroke play total in the skins event, finishing with a 74. Aaron Chun was third with an eagle and two birdies and a 75 score.


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