Watabu falls back at NCAA golf tournament
Nevada senior Casey Watabu carded a 3-over-par 75 yesterday to drop back to a tie for 42nd place at the NCAA Men's Golf Championship at the Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Watabu (Kauai '01) began the day five strokes off the lead and tied for 15th, but had six bogeys to go with three birdies yesterday for a two-day total of 1-over 145.
Loyola Marymount senior Chaz Inouye (St. Anthony '02) enters today's round at 154.
Kyle Reifers of Wake Forest continues to lead the tournament at 9 under.
Reft, Thomas training with national team
Former Hawaii All-Americans Alfred Reft and Delano Thomas are among the players who are currently training with the USA men's national volleyball team at its new home at the American Sports Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Reft, who graduated from UH last month, is one of three liberos in camp. Thomas, a middle blocker who left UH after his junior year in 2004, has been with the U.S. team since last year.
Former UH opposite Clay Stanley, a member of the 2004 Olympic team, is expected to return to Team USA following his pro season in Greece.
» Ex-Rainbow Wahine middle blocker Heather Bown had five blocks but it wasn't enough to prevent Team USA from losing to the Polish women's national team 25-14, 25-22, 28-26 in Tuesday's exhibition match in Colorado Springs, Colo.
UH's Gauthier earns academic honors
University of Hawaii junior Patricia Gauthier was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII Women's Cross Country Track and Field second team.
Gauthier is a two-time academic All-WAC recipient and is the school-record holder in the pole vault with a leap of 12 feet 1134 inches. She placed in a six-way tie for 18th at the West Regionals and sixth at the WAC Championships in the pole vault event this season.
Hawaii marksmen win championships
Two Punahou teams and Saint Louis junior Michio Koide each won awards as part of the 2006 Indoor National Shooting Championships.
Seniors Heather Horn, Simone Riford, Jon Onaga and sophomore Davin Lee made up the Punahou Gold team that won the junior sporter air rifle 3-position national championship, edging out defending champion Homestead 4-H from Nebraska.
Horn, Riford, Onaga, and Robert Siko combined to win the national scholastic team championship in junior 3-position smallbore rifle. Koide earned a silver medallion as the national JROTC champion in the junior 3-position smallbore rifle match and also earned a medallion for the junior 4-position championship.