Hawaii Pacific names basketball coach
Hawaii Pacific named Darren Vorderbruegge to replace Kelly Wells as the new men's basketball coach yesterday.
Vorderbruegge spent the previous six seasons at Northwest Missouri State, including the last two as assistant coach. The team finished last season 22-10 and advanced to the sweet 16 of the NCAA Division II Tournament. In his six years at the school, the Bearcats averaged 25 wins and twice reached the elite eight.
Voderbruegge inherits a team that went 9-18 last year. The Sea Warriors return seven lettermen.
"This is a great opportunity professionally for my family and me, so we're definitely excited," Vorderbruegge said. "We've already met so many good people and can't wait to get started at HPU."
Chaminade chooses Barry as soccer coach
Former Brigham Young-Hawaii men's soccer coach Bob Barry accepted the same position at Chaminade yesterday.
Barry's last coaching stint was as an assistant coach for the Hawaii women's team. He is most known for the 26 seasons he spent as head boys soccer coach at Iolani, where he was named state coach of the year five times and led the Raiders to five state titles. He was also NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year three times.
Vulcans sign McCandlish to play soccer
Marissa McCandlish of Santa Ynez Valley Union High School (Calif.) has signed to play women's soccer at Hawaii-Hilo, the school announced yesterday.
McCandlish led her team to a 52-1-1 record and four consecutive league titles. She was named Los Padres League Defensive Player of the Year, Central Coast Player of the Year, and was an all California Interscholastic Federation first-team selection. She was also named Santa Ynez Valley Union's female athlete of the year.
Hawaii's Hakala earns all-academic honors
Hawaii men's volleyball player Lauri Hakala yesterday was named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-District VIII At-Large first team.
The Warriors junior hitter has a 3.88 grade-point average in speech. This past season, Hakala averaged 3.97 kills and hit .371 en route to first-team All-American and All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honors.
Saint Louis graduate Michael Tanoue, a junior on the Nevada rifle team, who has a 3.92 in biochemestry, was also named to the first team.
UH senior swimmer Thomas Winkler, who has a 3.79 GPA in economics, made the second team.
Nishikida is Gatorade state player in softball
Corrie Nishikida of Pearl City High was named the Gatorade State Softball Player of the Year for Hawaii yesterday.
Nishikida, the Star-Bulletin's All-State Pitcher of the Year, had an 11-1 record with a 1.21 ERA and 75 strikeouts. The senior pitcher/third baseman also hit .472 during the regular season and .500 in the state tournament for the champion Chargers.
Wahine sailors fall to 13th at nationals
The sixth-ranked Hawaii women's sailing team slipped two spots to 13th place heading into today's final day of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's Dinghy Championship in Charleston, S.C.
After 28 races, the Rainbow Wahine have 274 points, well behind host College of Charleston's 166 in the 18-team competition.
Cockett at Speed and Quickness clinic
Former Kamehameha and Hawaii basketball star Nani Cockett will be a guest instructor at tomorrow's and Sunday's Hawaii Speed and Quickness clinics 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 fee is $10 per session. For more information, call 739-5444.