Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Thursday, December 16, 2004

Owens, Kemoe'atu honored again

Postseason honors continue to roll in for Hawaii's Chad Owens and Utah's Chris Kemoe'atu.

Owens, a senior slotback out of Roosevelt, was named third-team All-America this week by College Football News. The magazine and Web site, which has picked All-America teams since 1998, picked Owens as a punt returner.

Kemoe'atu, a Kahuku product, was named to the CFN first team at offensive line, and last week was named first-team All-America by the Football Writers Association of America.

Boise State's Daryn Colledge was also named a first-team All-American by CFN at offensive line. Roddy White of UH's Hawaii Bowl opponent Alabama-Birmingham was a second-team receiver.

Aiea's Lajola advances in Orange Bowl

Aiea's Dennis Lajola -- a student at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida -- won a match Tuesday and another yesterday to advance in the 58th Annual Orange Bowl International Tennis Championships in Key Biscayne, Fla.

Lajola beat 12th-seeded Daniel Danilovic of Sweden 7-6 (4), 6-4 to face unseeded Steven Forman today. Forman knocked off the No. 7 seed in the Boys 16s tournament.

The third round is today, with quarterfinals, semifinals and championships through Sunday.

Sea Warriors at McDonald's fundraiser today

The 2004 Pacific West Conference volleyball champion Hawaii Pacific Sea Warriors and PWC coach of the year Tita Ahuna will appear at the Pearl City McDonald's today as a fundraiser for Na Keiki O Manana youth chorus.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The team will interact with Na Keiki O Manana and sign autographs for the public. A percentage of the restaurant's sales during the event will go to the chorus. HPU beauty-pageant contestants are also scheduled to attend.

Mililani's Yamamoto wins national award

Mililani boys soccer coach Jeff Yamamoto was named National Soccer Coaches Association Far Western region Division I coach of the year yesterday.

Yamamoto's Trojans have won four straight Hawaii High School Athletic Association state championships and have made the championship game the last five years. In his 10 years at Mililani, his teams have a 103-10-8 record.

"Our staff has everything to do with that," he said.

He is among 48 regional honorees from three divisions of play now eligible for the Jan. 14 national coach of the year honors by NSCAA.

Steve McGehee became co-head coach with Yamamoto last season after Yamamoto's double-bypass heart surgery in 2003.

Lau, Trigg-Smith All-Americans: Punahou senior Callum Trigg-Smith was named to the NSCAA/adidas Boys All-America team. His Punahou classmate, Rachael Lau, was named to the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America team.

But Trigg-Smith will not play for the Buffanblu this season after tearing his right ACL in a MISO game Oct. 24. He has undergone surgery and is rehabbing to play for Saint Mary's College next year.

Because Hawaii plays on an off "sunbelt" season, Trigg-Smith earned the honor based on his junior year.

Lau has a 3.9 grade-point average and was a Star-Bulletin first-team All-State selection after helping Punahou win its second consecutive state title last season.

Young-Hunt to coach Mid-Pacific volleyball

Former pro beach volleyball player Lia Young-Hunt will coach girls volleyball at her alma mater, Mid-Pacific Institute athletic director Bill Villa announced yesterday.

She was an assistant at MPI last season.

Young-Hunt's assistant will be one-time beach teammate Karrie Trieschman-Poppinga, a former All-American at Hawaii.

Young-Hunt was a three-time All-West Coast Conference player at Santa Clara following her 1990 graduation from MPI.

BYUH moves up to No. 12 in poll

Brigham Young-Hawaii matches its highest ranking since moving to NCAA Division II, moving up to No. 12 in yesterday's national poll despite having stayed idle for two weeks.

The Seasiders restart their basketball season Saturday at home against St. Thomas Aquinas. BYUH looks to take the court without starting forward Jake Chrisman, out with a knee injury. Chrisman is expected to return after Christmas.

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