Kai earns conference player of week honors
Hawaii striker Natasha Kai was named the Xbox Live Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week following her first hat trick of the year in a 3-0 soccer win over Nevada last Friday.
The senior from Kahuku also broke her own WAC record for shots in a season, finishing with 58.
» Amy Lawson has been named to the All-Golden State Athletic Conference women's soccer team.
The freshman striker from Iolani led the NAIA's 13th-ranked Westmont College Warriors in scoring in conference matches with eight goals, four of them game-winners.
Hawaii moves up to No. 9 in volleyball poll
Hawaii moved up one spot to No. 9 in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 volleyball poll.
The Wahine (27-6) are coming off road sweeps of Nevada and Fresno State last week.
Nebraska (21-0) remained at No. 1, garnering 57 first-place votes. Washington (20-0) stayed at No. 2, with three first-place votes.
» Hawaii Pacific (20-1) earned one first-place vote in the Division II coaches poll, but remained at No. 2 behind No. 1 Nebraska-Kearney (27-1).
Brigham Young-Hawaii (18-3) kept its No. 21 ranking.
» Shellane Ogoshi, a sophomore setter for the Hofstra Pride, has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week.
The Roosevelt graduate helped Hofstra (17-6, 14-1) to five-game road victories over William and Mary, and Virginia Commonwealth.
Ogoshi had 61 assists, 25 digs and six kills against William and Mary in a battle for first place, then recorded 60 assists, 19 digs and five kills against Virginia Commonwealth.
It was the second player of the week honor for Ogoshi this year.
Sunio honored as a top race director
Alan Sunio, the race director for the Great Aloha Run, was honored recently as one of the top three race directors in the nation.
The award was announced as the Road Race Management Race Directors meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., earlier this month.
Nominees were judged on several factors including overall ability, reputation of race, creativity and organizational ability.
The Great Aloha Run, a President's Day tradition, is set for Feb. 26, 2006. Applications to sign up are available at Hawaii gyms, spas and workout facilities.
Honolulu team finishes second at nationals
A men's tennis team from Honolulu captured second place at the USA League Tennis 4.0 Adult National Championships at Randolph Tennis Center in Tucson, Ariz.
The team beat San Antonio, Texas, 3-2 in the semifinals, but lost to Baton Rouge, La., 5-0 in the final.
Team members are captain Benny Toledo, Eric Yoshiki, Wendell Chang, Stromberg Gaditano, Lloyd Yamada, Bert Kubota, Yoshifumi Manabe, Aaron Sato, Arthur Phanphengdy, Reuben Badayos and Jarand Iwase.
4 make gymnastics national team
Four Hawaii athletes made the TOPs National Gymnastics Team at a competition at Huntsville, Texas, earlier this month.
Jenna Frowein and Andrea Prohaska, both 11, earned spot on the TOPs National 'A' Team.
Jasmine Padeken-Pasegan, 10, and Cierra Lauro, 9, won spots on the 'B' team.
All four train with the Hawaiian Island Twisters in Honolulu.
"These girls are incredible," said Twisters TOPs coach Lori Yee. They are very talented and focused and it's great that they are in the top 20 kids for their age group in the country."
TOPs stands for talent opportunity program.
California teams lead in Hawaii-Hilo tourney
Cal State Chico took the first-round lead in the Mauna Lani Intercollegiate women's golf tournament hosted by Hawaii-Hilo yesterday.
The Wildcats are at 317, two strokes ahead of Hawaii-Hilo.
Cal State Chico got a 3-over-par 75 from individual leader Katie Leong. The Vulcans' Jayna Shimomura is two shots back.
On the men's side, Sonoma State and Cal State Stanislaus are tied for the lead after two rounds at 578. Hawaii-Hilo is eight shots behind.
The Vulcans' Kevin Shimomura is in a tie for fourth place, with a 2-under 142. He's three shots behind the leader, Kyle Hopkins of Sonoma State.