Vulcans' Sanchez to coach new women's team
Assistant Hawaii-Hilo men's basketball coach Eric Sanchez has accepted the reassignment of establishing and coaching the women's basketball program in its first year.
Sanchez just completed his sixth season with the men's team. He is the director of the Vulcans-Hawaii Basketball Summer Youth Camp and the Big Island Summer Youth Basketball League.
He also is the director of academic support for the athletic department. In that capacity, he monitors and supports student-athletes' progress in the classroom and toward graduation.
Rowe and Reft earn UH's Bonham Award
Golfer Allie Rowe and volleyball player Alfred Reft were named the 2006 Jack Bonham Award winners at the University of Hawaii scholar-athlete breakfast yesterday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The awards are given annually to the school's top senior student-athletes. They were among 119 student-athletes honored yesterday for earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average and lettering during the 2005-06 school year.
Hawaii sweeps St. Mary's in softball
Hawaii beat St. Mary's twice in 10-1 and 10-3 yesterday in nonconference softball at Moraga, Calif.
In the second game, UH (24-17) hit a school-record five home runs. Kate Robinson and Tanisha Milca hit two apiece and Brandi Peiler hit one.
Justin Smethurst and Courtney Baughman pitched complete games for the Rainbow Wahine.
Savage, Griffin are Hawaii-Hilo athletes of year
Taina Savage and Justin Griffin were honored as the Hawaii-Hilo athletes of the year at the annual Vulcan Athletic All-Sports Awards Banquet.
Savage, a 5-foot-9 junior outside hitter, was an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honorable mention, an AVCA All-Pacific Region selection and a Daktronics NCAA Division II Pacific Region second-team selection. She ranked 13th nationally in kills per game (5.01).
Griffin, a 6-4 senior guard in basketball, was a first-team Pacific West Conference selection. He led the Vulcans to a 16-9 record and averaged a team-high 19.4 points per game.
Rainbow Wahine's Suyetsugu moves up to fifth
The University of Hawaii's Xyra Suyetsugu moved up from a tie for eighth into a tie for fifth place at the Western Athletic Conference golf championship yesterday at Morgan Hill, Calif.
Suyetsugu shot her second straight 4-over 76 and stands at 8-over 152 heading into today's final round. She's five strokes behind leader Mandi Hedberg of Boise State, who had the first under-par round of the tournament yesterday with a 2-under 70.
San Jose State leads at 40-over 616 and retained the lead. Hawaii remained in sixth place 16 strokes behind at 56-over 632.
» Whitney Ueno won individual medalist honors at the Northwest Conference women's golf tournament Saturday at the Apsen Lakes Course in Sisters, Ore.
The Willamette University freshman from Hilo rallied from three strokes down on the second day with a 76 to finish 79-76--155, five strokes ahead of runner-up Leslie Wheeler from Linfield.
Higa seventh in Northwest Conference hurdles
Iolani graduate Kelly Higa, a sophomore at the University of Puget Sound, had the best finish of Hawaii athletes participating in the Northwest Conference track and field championships last weekend at Willamette, Ore. Higa placed seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1 minute, 1.13 seconds.
Kelsey Harrity (Konawaena), a freshman at Lewis & Clark, finished 10th in the 800-meter run in 2:24.74. Michelle Lee, a freshman from Mililani at Pacific was 18th in the event (2:34.20).
Caitlyn Tateishi (Waiakea), a sophomore at Pacific, finished 15th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 12:47.97.
Brad Lau, a junior at Linfield from Hawaii Prep, finished 14th and 15th in the 100- and 200-meter dashes in 11.47 and 23.44.