Ranked Rainbow Warriors beat Aggies
The University of Hawaii made its first appearance in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's tennis rankings yesterday and then went out and beat New Mexico State 6-1.
The Rainbow Warriors (6-4) are ranked No. 59 in the computer-generated poll, which lists the top 75 programs.
Last week, UH upset then-No. 70 Purdue (5-2) and then-No. 40 Arizona State (4-3).
Sascha Heinemann, Bryon Weinberg, Ryan Sceats, Jarrod Diepraam and Jeff Fitch all won singles and doubles matches for UH.
In other UH tennis news, Heinemann was picked as the WAC's player of the week. A freshman, Heinemann went 3-0 in singles last week and has won six straight matches to improve to 7-2.
Also, New Mexico State beat the UH women's team 5-2 yesterday at the UH tennis complex.
Chloe Bihag won a singles match and teamed up with Florence Wasko to win a doubles match to lead the Rainbow Wahine (0-15-1).
Ale is Hawaii's Gatorade player of year
Kahuku's Okesene Ale Jr. was named the Gatorade's Hawaii boys basketball player of the year yesterday.
Ale, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, led the state in scoring at 23 points per game. He also averaged nine rebounds, five assists, five steals and two blocks.
Ale is one of the winners from the 50 states and the District of Columbia. All of the winners are finalists for national player of the year.
CFL's Ottawa Renegades to hold tryouts here
The Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League will hold tryouts at the University of Hawaii on April 1 at 8 a.m.
The combine-type workout is for interested free-agent players. The fee is $90.
For more information, call Jon Nielsen at (562)-533-2250.
Takata wins Gold at New York Open
Iolani graduate Taylor Takata, a member of USA Judo senior team, won his second New York Open title Saturday.
Takata, who won the New York Open at 60 kg in 2003, claimed the 66 kg title this time. He threw Marek Krecielewski of Poland for waza-ari (half point) to win both gold and the $1,000 award.
"I'm happy to have won and there's still a lot of stuff to work on, but this shows that everything I've done in practice has been working," said Takata, who lives at the USAJ's national training site in Harlingen, Texas.