8 named to USA Volleyball teams
Hawaii will be well represented this summer on USA Volleyball boys teams with eight isle players part of the national training program.
Three of the four players selected to the junior national team were on the youth national team last year: libero Jordan Inafuku, a junior at Kamehameha; hitter Spencer McLachlin, a junior at Punahou; and setter Kawika Shoji, a senior at Iolani who will play for Stanford next season. The newcomer on the roster is Iolani graduate Brent Asuka, a first-team All-American libero this past season for UC Irvine and the AVCA National Newcomer of the Year.
University of Hawaii associate coach Tino Reyes has moved up from assistant to head coach for the youth national team. Punahou sophomore libero Erik Shoji and Iolani sophomore hitter Brad Lawson are on Reyes' roster.
Both the junior and youth teams will be trimmed from 18 to 12 players, and will compete at their respective NORCECA Continental Championships. The junior team will be at Monterrey, Mexico, in July, and the youth team in the Dominican Republic in August.
Two other players have been named to the USAV High Performance program, Mid-Pacific sophomore blocker Kenneth Rewick and Iolani sophomore hitter Taylor Donovan. Their group will be split into two teams which will compete in the first Boys U.S. High Performance Championships, July 26-29, in Sacramento, Calif.
Ruth to get San Diego honor at PETCO Park
Keoni Ruth is one of seven amateur athletes in the San Diego area selected as a Breitbard Star of the Month by the Breitbard Hall of Fame, which was established in 1953 to showcase San Diego's sporting history.
Ruth, a Kamehameha alum, led the San Diego Toreros in batting in West Coast Conference games during April with a .448 average as USD battled to stay in contention for the WCC regular-season title.
The junior second baseman will be honored at PETCO Park on May 26.
Nagasako and Hasegawa are first-team picks
Jessica Nagasako of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Kelly Hasegawa of Occidental College have been named to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's tennis first team.
Nagasako is a junior from Lahainaluna, and Hasegawa is a junior from Hilo High School.
Wellesley honors tennis player Mezin
Jenna Mezin, a Seabury Hall graduate, has been named Wellesley College's Most Outstanding Class Athlete for the class of 2008. The sophomore and No. 1 singles player also was cited as the Northeast Intercollegiate Tennis Association Player to Watch.
Libadisos makes NJCAA regional team
Aiea alumnus Dylan Libadisos has been named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region IV baseball first team. The outfielder plays for Highland Community College.
Speed and quickness clinics this weekend
The 2006 Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics, conducted by University of Hawaii coaches Mel deLaura and Rich Miano, continue tomorrow and Sunday 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 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 first 10 persons to register receive a Hawaii Speed and Quickness T-shirt.
The fee is $10 per session. For more information call 739-5444.