Hawaii Beat

Sunday, August 1, 2004

Hawaii Select wins tournament title

The Hawaii Select girls basketball team captured the girls all-star division of the American Roundball Corporation Slam-N-Jam Las Vegas National Championships with two wins yesterday.

Iolani's Keilyn Fujioka scored 16 points and McKinley's Chelsea Sato added 12 as Hawaii Select rallied from a seven-point deficit to defeat the Seattle (Wash.) Magic 64-57 in the semifinals. Hawaii Select then defeated the Compton (Calif.) Lady Swoops 54-45 in the championship game.

Sato led the way with 14 points and Kalaheo's Shanadee Canon scored 12 in the final.

Hawaii Select, coached by Kalaheo's Chico Furtado, went 6-0 in the tournament. Members of the team are Fujioka, Canon, Sato, Shantel Marumoto (Kalaheo), Hoku Kaui-Downing (Kalaheo), Pu'alei Furtado (Kalaheo), Kilioe Ali'ifua (Kaiser), Tereva Moore (Radford) Nicole Fu (Maryknoll), C'Ani Kealoha (Farrington), Ana Viena-Lota (Kamehameha) and Sherice Ajifu (Mid-Pacific).

"Five of our 12 players will be sophomores and only three will be seniors," Furtado said. "It was fun to see them evolve and improve throughout the tournament."

Afoa named Kamehameha-Hawaii coach

Kamehameha-Hawaii athletic director Bob Wagner turned to one of his former assistants at the University of Hawaii to lead the school's first varsity football team.

Ulima Afoa has been named the program's first varsity coach. Afoa is a graduate of Saint Louis School and San Diego State and has been in the coaching profession for 18 years. He coached with Wagner at UH and later worked at San Diego State.

Kamehameha-Hawaii enters varsity competition in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation this season.

Estrada to walk on at UH

Rickey Estrada, a two-time all-state boys volleyball selection and ILH co-Player of the Year in 2001, has applied for admission to University of Hawaii and will try out for the UH men's team, he said.

Estrada and his former Kamehemaha teammate Jarrett Day were left without a team when University of La Verne in southern California canceled its program on June 25.

Day, an all-state player in 2002, has elected to remain at La Verne at least another year without playing.

Estrada, of Kailua, originally went to Missouri Valley, but transferred to La Verne because it plays a highly competitive schedule in Southern California, including matches against Long Beach State and UCLA. He would have two years of eligibility at Hawaii.

He was La Verne's No. 2 attacker this year with 2.65 kills per game. Day, a freshman from Hilo, had 2.25 kills and 0.55 blocks per game.

Also at La Verne this year were senior Liko Tubbs of Kailua (8.23 assists per game) and junior outside hitter Elliot Naito (Kohala '01) who had 1.40 digs per game.

Inline hockey team claims national championship

Oahu Inline Hockey League's 12-and-under select team, Da Kine, defeated Team Majik 7-2 in the finals of the USA Hockey Inline Nationals in Alpharetta, Ga., yesterday to become the first team from Hawaii to win a national championship.

Da Kine defeated Mad Dogs 3-2 in a semifinal match yesterday morning and came back in the afternoon to beat Team Majik. Eric Tsuji scored three goals and John Whitty had two to lead Da Kine in the title match. Goaltender Max Graessle had 12 saves.

Da Kine went 5-1-1 in the tournament to win the 12-and-under Stripes Division. Tsuji scored a team-high 18 goals and had five assists.

Coaches headline Quarterback Club

University of Hawaii assistant swimming coach Chris Mooney and Aiea football coach Wendell Say will be among the speakers at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.

Saint Louis school principal Wendell Staszkow is also scheduled to speak at the meeting at the Pagoda Ballroom. The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. The program starts at noon. The public is invited.

Nelson and Sasada share Best of the West

Kirk Nelson and Brian Sasada both shot even par 71s on Friday to finish tied for first in the Maui Tour's Best of the West event.

Paul Hellum 73 took third and Ron Stark placed fourth with a 78 in the tournament held at the at Makena North course. The next Maui Tour event is Aug. 20th at Makena North. For more information, call the Maui Golf Shop at (808) 875-4653.

Babe Ruth team splits in regional

Dustin Uchiyama and Casey Chong combined on a three-hit shutout to lead Hawaii to a 19-0 win over Bingham, Utah at the Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional Thursday in South Jordan, Utah. But the team fell to TriValley (Northern California) 14-10 in the second round on Friday.

Scotty Talaesea hit two home runs and added another on Friday. and Jordan Honjiyo scored four runs to pace the Hawaii team of 13-year-olds. They were to play Murray (Utah) yesterday.

Senior League team wins: Tyler Hee and Kellen Ushijima both hit two-run home runs to lead Pearl City to a 8-2 win over Vancouver (Wash.) in the Senior Division I Baseball Tournament (ages 15-16) in Missoula, Mont.

Jason Rasa held Vancouver to two hits in picking up the win on the mound.

Kaneko fourth entering junior golf final

Honolulu's Ayaka Kaneko carded her second straight 77 yesterday to remain in contention at the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Kaneko, an incoming eighth grader at Sacred Hearts Academy, enters today's final round in fourth place with a three-round total of 227, four shots behind leader Juliana Beatriz Murcia Ortiz of Colombia.

Giants put Williams on disabled list

SAN FRANCISCO >> The San Francisco Giants placed right-hander Jerome Williams on the 15-day disabled list yesterday with a strained muscle in his pitching arm.

The Waipahu High School graduate left his start Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals midway through the fourth inning after throwing a slider to Edgar Renteria. After an MRI, trainer Stan Conte recommended more tests and rest for Williams, a consistent performer in San Francisco's rotation this season.

"I knew something was wrong as soon as I threw that pitch," said Williams, who is is 9-7 with a 4.41 ERA. "You want to stay in, but you have to look at your future. It's just a minor strain, so I'll keep on treating it and hope it gets better. I was relieved to find out that it was nothing more serious."

Conte said Williams strained his right triceps.

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