Loo to fight for U.S. Boxing Championship
Colleen Loo of Mililani will fight defending champion Chantel Cordova of Colorado in the 101-pound championship match at the U.S. Boxing Championships at Colorado Springs, Colo., tomorrow.
Loo walked into the final without competing because there are only two boxers in her weight class. Moanalua's Gina Ramos will be the tournament's 95-pound champion because she went into it unopposed.
Keola McKee of Wailuku lost to Luis Yanez of Duncanville, Texas, when the referee stopped the contest in the third round of his 106-pound contest and Bruno Escalante of Waimanalo lost to Aaron Alafa of Visalia, Calif., 20-11.
Triva Pino of Wahiawa came the closest to advancing to the semifinals, forcing Jacqueline Jefferis to go the limit before losing 16-9.
Christopher Downs, who trained at Schofield Barracks before moving on to the Fort Carson, Colo., beat Lionel Thompson 10-6 to advance to the semifinals.
Even though Hawaii was shut out yesterday, a few boxers turned heads at the tournament. Northern Michigan University head coach Al Mitchell, who trained Waipahu's Brian Viloria during his amateur career, said that he is interested in offering scholarships to McKee, Escalante and Kawika Tangjian of Waianae.
"I am interested in all three," Mitchell said. "But I only have room for one (McKee) so the others may have to wait. I like the young kids."
Rainbow Wahine blast Longwood in tourney
Hawaii scored in every inning it played -- including a seven-run fourth -- to open its Hawaiian Airlines Spring Fling Tournament with a 14-0 win over Longwood last night at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Courtney Baughman gave up two hits through five innings and Clare Warwich went 4 for 4 to lead a parade of seven Wahine with two or more hits. UH had 20 hits in all.
Hawaii improved to 10-8.
In other tournament games, Detroit Mercy beat Santa Barbara 2-0, Penn State beat Santa Barbara 2-1, Penn State beat Detroit Mercy 10-0 and UNLV beat Longwood 9-3.
» Hawaii Pacific beat Martin Methodist 8-0 and 4-1 yesterday in a softball doubleheader moved to Kailua High School after the Sea Warriors' home field was under water again.
Hawaii Pacific had 11 hits in the opener, helping Dayna Berry to her sixth pitching win. Krystal Plunkett had four hits, including a two-run triple. Anuhea Young also added an RBI-triple in the win.
In the second game, Kailua alum Courtney Kessel came on in relief on her former home field and got the win after closing out the game with three shutout innings. Jennifer Baron and Danielle Young had two hits each.
HPU is 10-4 for the season, and plays Chaminade tomorrow in a doubleheader at Central Oahu Regional Park.
» Brigham Young-Hawaii split a home doubleheader yesterday, beating Concordia (Calif.) 3-1 in the opener before losing in the second game 5-2. Both games were played at Hauula, with the Seasiders' home field unused due to weather conditions.
Echo Allred pitched four scoreless innings in her first start and Holly Bjork hit a home run in the BYUH win. Tess Haertling earned a save.
The win in the nightcap was the 21st of the season for Concordia, which stands at 21-2. The Seasiders are 6-10, and play HPU Tuesday in Mililani. BYUH's games with Hawaii-Hilo this weekend have been postponed to April 5-6.
BYUH beats HPU in men's, women's tennis
Brigham Young-Hawaii beat rival Hawaii Pacific in men's and women's team tennis duals Tuesday. The Seasider women beat HPU 9-0 to remain unbeaten, winning every set.
Jing Jing Liu, Julia Ustyuzhanina, Ramona Husaru, Tetyana Bula, Petra Teller and Gurianna Korinihona all won singles matches for the Seasiders.
In men's action, the Seasiders won singles matches Nos. 1-4, while HPU took singles matches at Nos. 5 and 6 and also tallied a win at No. 3 doubles in the 6-3 BYUH win.
Sports Carnival at stadium this weekend
The 2006 Sports Carnival to raise funds for many local youth sports organizations runs tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, then March 17-19, at Aloha Stadium.
There will be discount ride days, cheaper parking during swap meet hours and wristbands available for sale for unlimited rides.
For more information, call EK Fernandez at 682-5767.
Shioji named new HBA volleyball coach
Former assistant Myles Shioji has been named varsity girls volleyball coach at Hawaii Baptist Academy, the school announced yesterday.
He succeeds Keith Sugiura, who coached HBA to small-school ILH titles in 2003 and 2004. Sugiura is HBA's assistant athletic director.