Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Mega Force owner at Quarterback Club

Orrys Williams, the owner and general manager of the Hawaii Mega Force, will be among the speakers at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club. The Mega Force is preparing for its first season in the American Basketball Association.

Also on the agenda are Hawaii volleyball player Tara Hittle and KGMB sports anchor Steve Uyehara.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Hotel ballroom. The program starts at noon. The public is invited.

Transpac leaders close in on finish

The oldest and fastest boats in the Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race were expected to cross the finish line off Diamond Head early this morning.

According to yesterday's position reports, the 68-year-old Odyssey was expected to reach the finish at 3:20 a.m., just 19 minutes ahead of Hasso Plattner's Morning Glory in the 43rd biennial race from Los Angeles to Honolulu.

Odyssey had a six-day head start on Morning Glory and leads the Aloha A Class.

Morning Glory lost 28 miles to Roy Disney's Pyewacket, but held a 34-mile lead with 312 miles left. Both boats, as well as three others, were on pace to break the record of seven days, 11 hours, 41 minutes, 27 seconds set by Pyewacket in 1999.

Leaders on corrected time were Morning Glory in Division I; Pegasus, Division II; Reinrag2, Division III; Tabasco, Division IV; DH-Soap Opera, Division V; Ralphie, Cal 40; Odyssey, Aloha A; and So Far, Aloha B.

Kailua Night Doubles tourney opens today

The Kailua Racquet Club Men's Night Doubles tournament begins tonight with opening-round matches at the club. Matches start at 6 and 7:15 p.m.

Defending champions Ikaika Jobe and Bradley Lum-Tucker are the top-seeded duo. Michael Bruggemann and Erich Chen, the 2003 champions, are the second seeds. The finals are Aug. 6.

2 judoka earn Triple Crown titles

Honolulu's David Terao and Kayla Mishima both won titles yesterday at the National Junior Olympic Championship, becoming just two of eight judoka to capture the Triple Crown of their sport.

Terao, competing in Boys Intermediate 2 (31kg.) and Mishima, Girls Intermediate 2 (48 kg.), also won gold at the USJF Junior National Championships and USJA Junior National Championships earlier this summer.

The two compete for Shobukan Judo Club, which had two other medalists. Jessica Oda of Mililani won a silver in Girls Intermediate 1 (10-and-under, 26 kg.), and Nahoakuwo'o Salera of Honolulu won a bronze in Boys Intermediate 2 (34 kg.).

6 picked for Hershey track meet

Six Hawaii youths have been selected for the Hershey Youth Program National Track and Field Meet in Hershey, Pa., Aug. 6.

The athletes are: Blake Asing (50-meter dash), Blaine Bastatas (100 meters), Andrea Christine Hinkle (100 meters), Michael Iervolino (standing long jump), Kayla Taulapapa (100 meters), Roulairen Wilson (standing long jump).

The athletes were selected from among close to 700 who participated in the 22nd annual Hershey Track and Field Meet held June 25 in Honolulu, the Big Island Hershey Meet on May 25 and the Maui Hershey Meet on July 9.

Kim, Shigezawa tied for first

Kyung Kim of Wailuku and Honolulu's Bradley Shigezawa were tied atop their divisions after the first round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Kim shot a 2-under-par 69 to tie for first in the Girls 10-11 division. Honolulu's Cyd Okino is tied for sixth at 73 with Kelli Oride of Lihue another stroke back. Alina Ching of Honolulu had a hole-in-one on the 17th hole at the Squire Course on her way to an 81.

Shigezawa fired a 69 and is in a three-way tie atop the Boys 12-13 division. Ryan Kuroiwa of Aiea is second in Boys 10-11 at 72.

Okino and Scotty Yamashita of Kapolei won the Girls 10-11 and Boys 10-11 long-drive contest. The tournament continues today and ends tomorrow.

Metzger, Gibb lose in semifinals

Punahou graduate Stein Metzger and Jake Gibb lost to the team of Dax Holdren and Jeff Nygaard 21-18, 12-21, 15-13 in the semifinals of the AVP Hermosa Beach Open in California.

Holdren and Nygaard went on to lose to Matt Fuerbringer and Casey Jennings in the finals of the beach volleyball tournament.

Pearl City wins Junior Little League title

Pearl City topped Aiea 4-3 to win the Junior Little League (ages 13-14) state championship and earn a berth in the Western Regional in Oregon.

Pearl City's Edwin Izumigawa doubled and drove in a run in support of winning pitcher Alika Pruett.

The regional tourney is Aug. 2-11 in Forest Grove, Ore., with the winner earning a trip to the Junior Little League World Series.

See line scores and results in the [ Scoreboard ] section.

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