Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Yakabe a positive for Portland State
Bricen Yakabe was one of the few bright spots for the Portland State men's wrestling team that lost three dual matches Saturday.
The freshman from Kaiser pinned Hafiq Charnia of Simon Fraser, No. 14 in the NAIA poll, at 2:44 in a 125-pound match.
The Vikings lost the match 25-21. They also lost to NCAA Division II and No. 4-ranked Nebraska-Kearney 40-10 and Air Force 38-9, but Yakabe won by forfeit against both schools.
In the Nebraska-Kearney match, Kainoa Casco, a junior from Lahainaluna, was pinned by Joe Ellenberger in 1:56 in a 157-pound match. He did not wrestle against the other two schools.
» On Friday, Aaron Fernandez, wrestling in the 125-pound class, had a long day in the Boxer Duals hosted by Pacific University (Forest Grove, Ore.).
In his first match against Trevor Charbonneau of Nebraska-Kearney, Fernandez lost a major decision 13-3.
The junior from Kamehameha and Lanai City then lost an 8-3 decision to Mike Rodrigues of Menlo College, No. 8 in the NAIA poll.
Fernandez was close in his last match against Simon Fraser's Raj Verdi, losing 5-3.
In the Nebraska-Kearney match, Reggie Torres, a freshman from Kamehameha competing in the 149-pound class, was pinned by Brandon Brill at 1:39.
Pape continues scoring streak
Kyle Pape scored 20 points Saturday as the Colorado School of Mines beat UC Colorado Springs 96-67 in a Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game. He was 6-for-14 from the field and 7-for-9 from the foul line.
It was the fifth consecutive game the 6-foot-2 freshman guard from Iolani hit the 20-point mark.
Pape leads the Orediggers with 14.1 points a game and is second with 38 assists.
» Branden Kawazoe, a 5-foot-11 senior guard from Hilo, scored a team-high 20 points, including 16 in a second-half rally, but it was not enough as George Fox edged the Pacific 70-67 on Saturday.
Andrew Gregerson (Kaiser '02), a 6-5 freshman forward, had five points, and 5-11 senior guard Jesse Wong (Kaimuki '02) made his only field-goal attempt.
Kawazoe is Pacific's top scorer at 13.9 points a game.
Academic honor for Kamehameha grad
Kiana Kauwe (Kamehameha), a junior libero for the Fairfield Stags, has been named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference All-Academic team.
Kauwe is making her second appearance on the team. She has appeared in 12 games for Fairfield this season, recording two kills, four assists, and 24 digs.
To be eligible for the MAAC All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must complete two semesters at their institution and hold a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 on a 4.0 scale.
Teammate Lindsey Lee (St. Joseph), a sophomore outside hitter, was an All-MAAC second-team pick.
» Patti Hardimon and Kathleen Yee made solid contributions to the St. John's (N.Y.) Red Storm's 23-9 season.
Yee, a freshman libero from Moanalua, led St. John's with 462 digs and Hardimon (Moanalua '03), a junior transfer from Chaminade, was second with 331 digs. Yee saw action in all 109 games, and Hardimon played in 104.
Hardimon, an outside hitter, put down 296 kills and was second on the team with 38 aces.
Laurie Miyasato (St. Andrew's Priory), a freshman setter/defensive specialist, played in nine games and had two assists and one ace.