Viloria gets WBC's Knockout of the Year
Waipahu's Brian Viloria will be awarded the World Boxing Council's Knockout of the Year for 2005 at the end of the month.
"It's an honor," Viloria said. "There were a lot of great knockouts this year and to add this to the way I won my first title makes it even better."
Viloria dropped Eric Ortiz in the first round at Staples Center in Los Angeles to win the WBC's light flyweight championship Sept. 10, his first world title. He is scheduled to make his first defense against former minimumweight champion Jose Antonio Aguirre (33-4, 20 KOs) Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.
Marco Antonio Barrera, Jose Luis Castillo and Israel Vazquez were also up for the award.
Viloria said that training for his first defense will probably prevent him from picking up the award in person.
Viloria was also nominated for boxer of the year and revelation fighter of the year, but Floyd Mayweather took the first honor and Thomasz Adamek earned the second.
Bacalso captures world junior surf title
Mililani's Kekoa Bacalso won the Billabong World Junior Championship today, beating Tahiti's Michel Bourez in the event final at North Narrabeen, Australia.
Andy Irons, a three-time ASP world champion, was the last surfer from Hawaii to win the world junior title.
The junior event included 48 of the world's top under-20 male surfers and 18 top under-20 female surfers.
Vulcans ranked nationally in basketball stats
The Hawaii-Hilo men's basketball team is third nationally in free-throw percentage, one of six categories the Vulcans are ranked among the top 50 in NCAA Division II.
UHH (10-3) is shooting 79.2 percent from the line (252-for-318). Grand Canyon leads the country at 80.1.
Individually, senior guard Justin Griffin is 36th in scoring (20.2 ppg) and tied for 19th in free-throw percentage (.893). Junior guard Travis Sobers is tied for 34th in free-throw percentage (.864), and senior center Alex Graham is tied for 47th in blocked shots (1.61 per game).
As a team, the Vulcans are tied for 39th in rebound margin (plus 5.7) and tied for 47th in field-goal percentage (.479).
Speed and quickness clinic starts tomorrow
The 2006 Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics begin tomorrow at Klum Gym. Tomorrow's workouts feature former Hawaii volleyball star Victoria Prince as guest instructor.
The clinic for ages 7-12 is from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and the session for ages 13 and up is from 10:20 to noon. Registration is 30 minutes prior to the starting times.
The dates for future clinics are Jan. 21-22, 28-29, Feb. 4-5, 18-19, 25-26, March 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, April 1-2, 22-23, 29-30.
The fee is $10 per session. For more information call 739-5444.