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Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Friday, July 22, 2005





Morning Glory sets pace in Transpac

Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory stretched its lead over Roy Disney's Pyewacket from 2 to 71 miles as of yesterday's position report in the Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race to Hawaii.

Morning Glory was 995 miles out and averaging 13.5 knots. It is projected to reach the finish line of the 2,225-mile race at 6:33 a.m. Sunday.

Odyssey, the oldest boat in the race, leads the Aloha A class, which started on July 11, and was the closest to the finish at 529 miles. The 68-year-old boat is projected to finish just ahead of Morning Glory on Sunday morning.

College skippers headline coaches clinic

A group of current and former college baseball coaches headline tomorrow's youth baseball coaches clinic at the Hapuna Prince Hotel's Hau Lehua Room.

Among the coaches at the four-hour clinic are Gary Adams (UCLA), Mark Marquess and Tom Kunis (Stanford), Mark O'Brien (Santa Clara) and Chad Konishi (assistant, Hawaii). Also present will be former major league pitcher Tim Leary.

Each coach who attends will receive a workshop handbook. There is no charge for the clinic, which begins at 10 a.m.

Contact Hawaii-Hilo baseball coach Joey Estrella at 974-7700 or josephe@hawaii.edu for information.

WBO champion to defend title in Hawaii

World Boxing Organization bantamweight champion Ratanachai Sor Vorapin of Thailand will defend his title against Pedro Malco of the Philippines in the main event of a show Sept. 6 at Blaisdell Arena.

Sor Vorapin (63-8, 42 KOs) won the title in April 2004 with a decision over Cruz Carbajal in Thailand. Malco is 13-10-3 with five KOs.

Dustin Kim (19-6) of Mililani will oppose Kosol Sor Vorapin (6-9) in the co-main event.

The undercard will include local fighters Michael Balasi of Honolulu and Travis Tandal of Kaimuki. Aaron Carvalheo of Kona, Kaleo Kwon of Waimanalo and Edwin Navarro of Honolulu will all make their professional debuts.

All fights are subject to the approval of the Hawaii State Boxing Commission.

Billabong Pro JBay meet postponed

The Billabong Pro JBay meet in South Africa was postponed yesterday with three Hawaii surfers awaiting their fourth-round heats.

Fred Patacchia faces Timmy Reyes and brothers Andy and Bruce Irons take on each other in the fourth round.

Family Stones on to national softball tourney

The Family Stones softball team will represent Hawaii at the Amateur Softball Association's Western National "C" Tournament in September after winning the ASA "C" state championship July 10.

Dwayne Figueroa was named the tournament's MVP after the Family Stones beat Secret Sauce 10-1 for the state title.

The Family Stones are looking for sponsors and donations to make the trip to the national tournament. Call Ben Naki at 306-0837.

» The Island Ladies 10-and-under state champion softball team will represent Hawaii in the national tournament July 29-Aug. 9 in Johnson City, Tenn.

Pac-Five football reunion Sunday at Ocean Club

The second annual Pac-Five football reunion/fund-raiser will be held Sunday at the Ocean Club in Restaurant Row.

The event runs from 5-10 p.m. The cost is a $10 donation.

For more information, contact Kip Botelho at 223-7191 or e-mail pac5football@hotmail.com.

Pro-Pro championship opens on Maui

Local pro golfers will compete in the Prolink Pro-Pro Championship starting Sunday at the Kaanapali North Course on Maui.

The tournament is a 36-hole, four-ball stroke play event with a $10,000 purse. Play begins at 11 a.m. on Sunday and continues at 7 a.m. on Monday. Joe Phengsavath and Marc Smith are the defending champions.

Macdonald headlines Masters track meet

Former Olympian and current Punahou coach Duncan Macdonald will be among the competitors at the USA Masters Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Aug. 4-7, at the University of Hawaii track.

Macdonald broke Steve Prefontaine's American 5,000-meter record in 1976 and competed in the Olympic Games in Montreal.

The meet features athletes ages 30-95 with events starting at 7:30 a.m. each day.

Cockett guest instructor at speed camp

Former University of Hawaii basketball standout Nani Cockett will be a guest instructor at the Hawaii Speed and Quickness camp Sunday.

The sessions at Cooke Field are 8:30 to 10 a.m. for ages 7 to 12, and 10:30 to noon for 13 and over. The schedule is the same tomorrow.

The charge is $10 and includes a gift certificate from Jamba Juice. Call 739-5444 for more information.


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