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Hawaii Beat
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Sunday, August 14, 2005





West Oahu moves on to regional championship

West Oahu squashed a late comeback attempt and defeated Oregon 6-5 yesterday in the semifinals of the Little League West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif.

Oregon scored five runs in the last two innings, including four runs in the top of the sixth. Sheyne Baniaga and Von Feao each hit solo home runs for West Oahu. Baniaga and Feao both lead the tournament with six home runs in five games.

West Oahu advances into the regional championship game tomorrow and plays Idaho. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 starting at noon Hawaii time. West Oahu recorded a 16-5 win over Idaho In pool play, which knocked out Washington 6-4 in the other semifinal.

>>Hawaii scored eight runs in the eighth inning to get the win over host Nevada, 10-7, at the American Legion regional tournament in Las Vegas yesterday. Hawaii plays Arizona today.

Randy Kitagawa went 3-for-5 with three RBI in the win, including a two-run double in the eighth inning. Hawaii recorded five of its 12 hits in the inning, and was aided by three Nevada errors.

Viloria to dedicate fight to Contreras

Light flyweight Brian Viloria of Waipahu will dedicate his Sept. 10 fight to Ruben Contreras.

Viloria (17-0, 11 KOs) faces Eric Ortiz (24-4-1, 16 KOs) for the World Boxing Council light flyweight championship at the Staples Center.

Viloria beat Contreras in the same building in May, and Contreras suffered a seizure that forced doctors to put him into a medically-induced coma.

Filipino favorite Manny Pacquiao (39-3-2, 31 KOs) will headline the card against Hector Velazquez (42-10-2, 31 KOs) of Mexico and Erik Morales (48-2, 34 KOs) will take on Zahir Raheem (26-1, 16 KOs).

Viloria will wear the Filipino flag on his trunks along with the symbols of Unites States and Hawaii.

Hittle out at least a week

University of Hawaii women's volleyball player Tara Hittle will be out for at least one week with a grade 2 ankle sprain. Hittle, the reigning Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, sprained her ankle during Friday's practice when she landed on a teammate's foot.

Lau finishes 26th at Visa Championship

Randi Lau of the Hawaiian Island Twisters became the first 11-year-old to land a double-twisting Yurchenko yesterday in the finals of the Visa Championships in Indianapolis.

Lau, the youngest of the 28 competitors in the junior division, received a score of 9.266 on the vault, the seventh-highest total on the apparatus in the finals. She finished the two-day competition with a total score of 33.282, good for 26th.

Nakakura recovers to claim fifth

University of Hawaii's Asia Nakakura rallied from ninth to finish in fifth place in the junior ladies division at the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships held Friday at the Ice Palace.

Nakakura placed ninth out of 12 skaters in the short program, but came back to finish fourth in the free skate to move her up to fifth overall. Laura Stefanik of the University of Delaware took first in the junior division, while Santa Monica College's Amy Evidete won the senior ladies.

Hawaii swimmers finish up at nationals

Christel Simms finished sixth in the finals of the 50 freestyle in the final day of competition at the Junior National Championships in Irvine, Calif.

In the race, Simms, who competes for the Hawaii Swimming Club, swam a time of 26.74. Teammate Meredith Egloria placed 16th in the in the same event, while Randall Tom of Maui placed 17th in the men's 50 free.

Hawaii Swimming Club's Caleb Rowe competes in the 100 breast today in the World University Games, which started yesterday.

Aiona, Reardon to speak at QB Club

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Duke Aiona and Star-Bulletin sportswriter Dave Reardon are the featured guest speakers at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club. The program starts at noon following an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Pagoda Ballroom. The public is invited.

Mililani Golf Club to hold Family Day

Product demonstrations, a clearance sale and instructional clinics will be among the activities at Mililani Golf Club's Family Day on Aug. 27.

The event will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the club's driving range. For more information, call 623-2222 or visit www.mililanigolf.com.


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