Rainbow Wahine sign 4 softball players
Hawaii signed four softball players yesterday on fall letter-of-intent day.
Kanani Warren of Walnut (Calif.) High School is a first-team All-San Antonio League catcher who was also named the California Interscholastic League Southern Section's "Champion of Character" and is an honor student.
MaliaNoelle Kinauleialoha Moore played on three consecutive league championship teams at Fairfield (Calif.) High. She was an NFCA second-team All-American and was named MVP of the Solano County Athletic Conference. She can play second base or in the outfield.
Amanda Taualii of Torrance (Calif.) High School was named Most Outstanding Player in two leagues, as her high school switched conferences. She plays first base.
Shanna Vierra of Pearl City was a Star-Bulletin second-team All-State selection last season with the Chargers. She will play in the outfield at UH.
» Dana Lee, a senior infielder at Mililani High School, has committed to the Hawaii-Hilo softball program, according the Vulcans coach Callen Perreira.
"Dana's ability to play multiple positions, her success at the plate, her travel ball experience in Hawaii and the mainland will be an asset to our program," Perreira said.
A member of the Trojans' state championship team last spring, Lee batted .630 with 22 RBIs, two home runs and five doubles. She was also a Star-Bulletin first-team All-State selection.
UH's Heinemann wins USTA Futures opener
University of Hawaii freshman Sascha Heinemann won his opener to advance to the round of 16 yesterday in USTA Honolulu Futures tournament main draw action at the UH Tennis Complex.
Heinemann beat Patrick Fischer 7-6 (8), 6-4 and plays No. 1 seed Wayne Odesnik today. Odesnik is ranked No. 290 in the world.
UH senior Ryan Sceats was beaten 7-5, 6-1 by Tyler Cleveland.
The tournament continues this week at UH through Sunday.
Hawaii players gain all-conference honors
Four Menlo College women's volleyball players from Hawaii earned All-California Pacific Conference honors.
In addition to her spot on the second team, sophomore Christa Hewett, a 2004 Kamehameha graduate, was named libero of the year.
Hewett led the Cal Pac with 421 digs. With 816 career digs, Hewett, after just two seasons, is Menlo's all-time leader.
Senior setter Kari Shimomura (McKinley '02) was named to the first team, and junior outside hitter Sanoe' Eselu (Moanalua '03) made the second team.
Shimomura, a four-time Cal Pac pick, was one of the league's most versatile players. Suiting up as a hitter, setter and libero at different points in the year, Shimomura finished the regular season second on her team in assists (446) and digs (280); fifth in assists per game (5.57), digs per game (3.50), total kills (142) and aces (27); and eighth in hitting percentage (.245).
Menlo's Courtney Adaro (Moanalua, '04), a sophomore middle blocker, was an honorable mention.
Tara Higa, a senior defensive specialist/libero for the Pacific Union Pioneers, was also an honorable-mention choice. She graduated from Aiea High School.
Honolulu Bulls tryouts this weekend
The Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club will hold tryouts for boys and girls Saturday and Sunday at Kapiolani Park on fields 4 and 5.
The times are 8 to 9:30 a.m. for Under-8, 9:30-11:30 a.m. for U-9-10; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for U-11-12, and 12:30 to 2 p.m. for U-13-14. There is no fee. For more information, call 561-4663.