Hayth accepts grayshirt offer from UH
Geoff Hayth, a highly recruited defensive back from Texas, has decided to accept a grayshirt offer from Hawaii for the 2007 season.
Hayth, an All-State and All-District selection at Dripping Springs High near Austin, originally committed to the Air Force Academy. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has been timed in 4.48 seconds at 40 yards and 10.69 seconds at 100 meters.
Hayth was a three-year starter for Dripping Springs, playing three different positions for the Tigers (corner, free safety and strong safety).
He is expected to enroll at UH next January.
Preston returns to Stanford coaching staff
Former Hawaii football player and assistant coach Al "Buzzy" Preston yesterday was named as running backs coach at Stanford, his second stint on the Cardinal staff.
Preston played for UH for two seasons (1978-79) and was an assistant at Manoa from 1987 to 1993. He also was an assistant at Washington State and UNLV before being hired by Stanford, where he coached from 1999-2001 under Tyrone Willingham.
Preston followed Willingham to Notre Dame and was on his staff for three seasons (2002-2004).
Sun Devils upset Rainbow Wahine again
No. 8 Arizona State held off No. 5 Hawaii 8-7 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo match yesterday in Tempe, Ariz., the second time this season the Sun Devils have upset the Rainbow Wahine.
Hawaii trailed 8-5 going into the fourth period and pulled to within one on Iefke Belkum's third goal and Kelly Mason's second. The Wahine failed to score in the final 2:05 to fall to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the MPSF. ASU improved to 6-2 and 1-0.
Sea Warriors sweep softball honors
Hawaii Pacific infielder Nicole Kalakau and pitcher Dayna Berry were named co-players of the week in softball by the Pacific West Conference yesterday.
Kalakau hit .385 with a double and three home runs in leading the Sea Warriors to doubleheader sweeps of Brigham Young-Hawaii and Cal State-Stanislaus.
Berry improved to 4-0 with three victories over the weekend: a one-hitter against BYUH, a four-hit shutout of Stanislaus followed by a win in relief over the Warriors. The sophomore has a 0.00 ERA.
Hawaii Pacific doubles up in golf
The Hawaii Pacific men's and women's golf teams won their respective tournaments Monday at Turtle Bay's Fazio Course.
The Sea Warrior men had a team aggregate 295 to finish ahead of Brigham Young-Hawaii (299) and Chaminade (377). BYUH's Mana Newton earned medalist honors with a 3-under-par 69, just the second sub-70 round in the two-year history of the school's program.
On the women's side, the Sea Warriors easily won their three-team tournament with a 381, led by medalist Kristine Higa's 77. BYUH was second at 452, with Chaminade third at 483.
The teams meet again next Monday on the Fazio Course.
Kawazoe an honorable mention selection
Waiakea High product Branden Kawazoe was an honorable mention pick on the All-Northwest Conference men's basketball team that was announced yesterday.
Kawazoe, an honorable mention selection after the 2003-04 season, was the leading scorer for Pacific University this season. The senior started all 25 games, scored 356 points and had a 14.2 points-per-game average.
A 5-foot-11 guard, Kawazoe led the Boxers with 73 assists and 31 steals, and he was the top 3-point shooter, hitting 57-for-150 (.380) from beyond the arc. He finished his four-year, 85-game career with 927 points, 14th on the Boxers' all-time list, and an average of 10.9 ppg.
The Boxers finished 10-15.
» Kepua Lee, a sophomore wing for Menlo College, was named the California Pacific Conference women's basketball player of the week yesterday after matching her career high with 29 points Saturday in a 80-32 win over William Jessup.
It is the fourth time this season the Moanalua graduate has received the honor.