Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Ruth helps Toreros sweep No. 1 Texas
Keoni Ruth (Kamehameha '03), the starting second baseman for the San Diego Toreros, enjoyed a solid season-opening weekend. He was 4-for-11 with a triple and RBI and a stolen base in the Toreros three-game sweep of No. 1 Texas last weekend. The junior also scored three runs.
» Kip Masuda (Mid-Pacific '05) started the third game against Southern California at catcher for Long Beach State and was 3-for-4 with a double in an 8-6 victory. The 49ers swept the series from No. 17 USC.
» Guy McDowell (Saint Louis '02) made his first start for the Azusa Pacific Cougars last Friday. The right-hander, who transferred after three years with the Hawaii Rainbows, pitched two-hit ball for five innings and got the win in a 9-1 victory over Patten.
» Eric Muraoka (Iolani) started the third game Sunday of the Lewis & Clark College series against Pomona-Pitzer. The sophomore right-hander allowed four hits and three runs, two earned, in five innings, but was not involved in the decision, a 7-4 loss.
Hala'api'api hot from the field
Fatai Hala'api'api is averaging 11.1 points, third best on the team, and 4.9 rebounds a game for the Eastern Kentucky Colonials, who are struggling with a 5-15 record. She accounts for 45 of EKU's 76 blocked shots.
The 6-foot-1 junior center (Lahainaluna '02) leads the Colonials in field-goal percentage (.540). Hala'api'api has made 101 of 187 attempts from the field.
» Kepua Lee (Moanalua '04) recorded her sixth double-double of the season in the Menlo Oaks' 73-69 win over Cal State East Bay last Saturday. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 29 points with 11 rebounds.
Lee was named the California Pacific Conference Player of the Week, the third time this season she has received the honor.
Senior co-captain Shannon Riley (Maryknoll '02) had 14 points for the Oaks, the CPC leader with a 12-1 mark.
Sophomore guard Breanna Carson (McKinley) scored nine points for the East Bay Pioneers.
» Shanna-Lei Dacanay sank consecutive 3-pointers in the second half to help the Washington (Mo.) Bears overcome a 12-point halftime deficit. The freshman guard from Punahou then hit two free throws with nine seconds left to clinch a 66-62 win over Rochester last Sunday.
Ranked No. 3 in Division II in the nation, the Bears are 18-2 overall and 8-1 in University Athletic Association play.
Borreca primed for SEC championships
Nick Borreca won the 200-yard butterfly in 1:50.07 as the Florida Gators completed their home season last Saturday against Indian River Community College.
The senior from Punahou is an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 100 freestyle and on four relay teams -- the 400 medley and the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle -- heading into the Southeastern Conference championships at Knoxville, Tenn., Feb. 15-18.
» Hongzhe Sun (Iolani '03), a junior at Stanford, won the 200-yard backstroke in 1:52.86 and finished third in the 200 individual medley in 1:47.27.
However, No. 9 Southern California upset the third-ranked Cardinal 123-120 last Saturday.
» Nikoya "Koy" Collier won two events as the Lewis and Clark College Pioneers defeated Willamette in their final dual meet of the season 143-61 on Jan. 28.
The freshman from Maui High School captured the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.14 and the 500 free in 5:30.87.