Roy, Van Belkum earn MPSF honors
University of Hawaii water polo coach Michel Roy and sophomore utility Iefke Van Belkum were named the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach and player of the year yesterday. Roy is in his fourth season coaching the Rainbow Wahine and directed the team to the NCAA Championships in the last two years. Van Belkum, of The Netherlands, led the team with 65 goals and 12 hat tricks.
Goalie Meike De Nooy was named to the conference's second team and utility Kelly Mason was selected to the honorable mention and All-Freshman teams.
Hamamoto second in WAC after playoff
Hawaii's Jarrett Hamamoto shot a 70 to finish the Western Athletic Conference golf championships tied for first at the end of regulation at 211, 2 under, yesterday at Boise, Id. But the senior was beaten in the second hole of a playoff with eventual champion Matt Edwards of New Mexico State to officially finish second overall.
Hawaii's Travis Toyama and Pierre-Henri Soero were both 10 strokes behind their teammate to tie for 16th. UH's Ryan Perez was 33rd in the WAC and Cody Wolfenbarger was 36th.
The Rainbow Warriors finished the tournament tied for fourth with the home team.
Hamamoto hopes to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA championships. The field is to be announced Monday.
Kai with U.S. women in Japan
Former Rainbow Wahine Natasha Kai is one of 18 soccer players United States Women's National Team coach Greg Ryan took to Japan for a pair of matches against Japan's National Women's Team.
The U.S. team arrived in Japan Tuesday and is headquartered in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu.
The first match is Sunday at the 32,000-seat KK Wing Stadium in Kumamoto. The second match next Tuesday is in Osaka's 50,000-seat Nagai Stadium.
The Americans are 4-0-3 in 2006 and are second in the FIFA Women's World rankings.
Dacanay named Washington U. top rookie
Shanna-Lei Dacanay (Punahou '05) was honored by Washington University in St. Louis with the Lucy and Stanley Lopata Rookie of the Year Award at the annual athletic department student-athlete banquet Tuesday.
The award is presented annually to one female and one male freshman athlete.
Dacanay, a freshman guard on a veteran-filled Bears women's basketball team, played in all 28 games. She was named the University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year and was a DIII News Freshman All-America pick.
Her 97 assists were second on the team and she led the UAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.29). Dacanay was the Bears sixth woman. She led the bench in points and minutes and helped the team to a 25-3 record, its ninth consecutive UAA title and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.
Vulcans No. 6, Sea Warriors No. 8 in West
Hawaii-Hilo checks in at No. 6 and Hawaii Pacific No. 8 in the final NCAA Division II softball West region poll of the season, announced yesterday.
The top eight in the final regional poll are traditionally invited to postseason play in the regional tournament, though the official bids will be announced Monday morning.
UH-Hilo is 27-18, 9-3 in Pacific West Conference play. HPU is 29-17, 10-2. Humboldt State, at 52-4, is No. 1 in the West.
Jaskulski memorial program set for May 14
A memorial celebration for Erwin Jaskulski, a noted Hawaii senior athlete who set world records for sprinting at age 100 and beyond, is set for Sunday, May 14, at the Pagoda Hotel's International Ballroom.
Jaskulski, a two-time Hawaii Senior Athlete of the Year, died March 10 at age 103.
The 11 a.m. program will include a performance by a string quartet from the Honolulu Symphony, a video documentary and reflections by family and friends. The public is welcome.
Speed and Quickness schedule announced
The 2006 Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics, conducted by UH coaches Mel de Laura and Rich Miano, continue tomorrow at Klum Gym.
The clinic for ages 7-12 is from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and the session for ages 13 and up is from 10:30 to noon. Registration is 30 minutes prior to the starting times.
The dates for future clinics are May 7, May 20-21, May 27-28, June 3-4, June 17-18 (at Cooke Field), June 24, June 25 (at Gym 1), July 1-2, July 8-9, July 22-23 and July 29-30.
The fee is $10 per session. For more information call 739-5444.
12 football players to be honored Sunday
The National Football Foundation and College Hall Fame's Hawaii Chapter will honor 12 high school football players on Sunday at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
The football scholar-athletes will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
In addition, veteran coaches Alex Kane and Masa Yonamine will be recognized for their lifelong service to high school football.
The 12 honorees are Leon Peralto of Kamehameha-Hawaii; Jon Takamura, Landon Patoc, Mike Hirokawa and Cameron Petro-Sakuma of Iolani; Bailey Ball of Lahainaluna; Russel Fisher of Mid-Pacific (Pac-Five); Micah Kia of Mililani; Joseph Batangan of Waipahu; Joseph Brundidge of Radford; Timothy Holschuh of Kohalal; and Aaron Nichols of Kamehameha.