2 medals for Hawaii teams at JO boys volleyball
Only two Hawaii teams will come home with a medal after yesterday's competition at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Tournament in Minneapolis.
Both the Asics Rainbows 18s and 13s tied for the bronze medal in their respective club divisions.
Play for 12 other Hawaii teams begins today in the 12s, 13s, 14s and 17s divisions.
The Outrigger Canoe Club 18s, which had won the 17s Open gold last year, lost to Seaside (Calif.) Black 18-25, 25-19, 15-10 in the open division gold-medal bracket. Outrigger (7-2) shared fifth place overall out of 36 teams and had two players named to the all-tournament team in Kawika Shoji and Spencer McLachlin.
The top-seeded Asics 18s (11-1) took an undefeated record into the semifinals after eliminating Juggernaut Boys of Colorado in a quarterfinal match. Riptides Orange from California handed the Hawaii team its only loss 29-27, 25-21, giving Asics a share of third place out of 55 teams.
The Asics 13s fell to eventual champion Borinquen Coqui of Puerto Rico 25-13, 25-9 in a semifinal. Asics (8-3) also shared third out of 14 teams.
» In non-medal play, the Ku'ikahi 16s won the silver bracket of the club division, defeating Cincinnati Attack 25-17, 26-24 in the final. The Hawaii team finished 10-2, good for ninth place overall out of 52 teams.
Also in the 16s silver bracket, Asics Rainbows (5-5) lost to Cincinnati Attack in the quarterfinal to share 13th place. In the 16s bronze bracket, Onipa'a (5-6) lost to Shoreline of Illinois in the quarterfinal to share 21st place.
In non-medal 18s club play, Pilipa'a (7-3) lost in the quarterfinal of the bronze bracket to Rhode Island Blast, sharing 21st place.
In Flight 1, Team Sideout (3-8) was second, 26th overall, while Onipa'a (2-8) lost in the quarterfinal to share 29th.
Quicksets (5-7) lost in the quarterfinals of Flight 2 to Twin Peaks (Utah), finishing 41st.
Hilo East dominates Ewa for state championship
Ridge Hoopii-Haslam blasted a pair of two-run homers to lead Hilo East to a 25-0 rout of Ewa to win the Cal Ripkin 12-and-under State Championship yesterday in Hilo.
Hoopii-Haslam and Ekolu Martins, who also added a two-run home run, combined to pitch the one-hit shutout.
Hilo East, behind seven RBIs each by Hoopii-Haslam and Kean Wong, advances to the Pacific Southwest Regional in Woodland, Calif., July 26-31.
» West Oahu wrapped up the USABF Baden's Best of the Best Tournament yesterday in San Diego, Calif., with three wins to take the tournament title.
Chad Takabuki went 3-for-3 and drove in two runs to lead West Oahu to a 7-0 win in the first game over The 50's of San Diego. Ande Kuakini allowed two hits over five innings in the win.
In the second game, West Oahu edged All-Star Baseball Academy of Arizona, 3-2. Takabuki continued his hot streak, belting a solo home run.
John Olley and Christian Stephenson combined to pitch seven shutout innings as West Oahu defeated San Diego's Sundevils 2-0 to close out the tournament.
4 golfers receive David S. Ishii scholarships
Recent high school graduates Ahromi Wang (Pearl City), Shunsuke Aonuma (Iolani), Ryan Sasaki (Education Laboratory), and Brittany Johnson (Waiakea) were named the 2006 recipients of the David S. Ishii Foundation scholarships.
Each student, selected for his/her excellence in academics and golf, received a $2,500 college scholarship.
QB Club to establish Earl Galdeira Award
Francis Galdeira, the wife of the late Earl Galdeira, will accept the establishment and designation of the Earl Galdeira Award at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
The award will be given annually to a Hawaii resident for their contribution as a referee or official.
Also speaking tomorrow are Kamehameha-Hawaii athletic director and former University of Hawaii football coach Bob Wagner and former UH basketball player Al Davis.
The program starts at noon following an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Pagoda Hotel Ballroom. The public is invited.
Tomorrow last day to sign up for Tinman
The entry deadline for the 26th Tinman, one of the most popular triathlons in the state, is tomorrow.
The fee for the July 23 race -- comprised of a 750-meter swim, 35-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run -- is $115 per individual and $140 for teams. Forms are available at most running and bike stores; registration is also available online at www.Active.com.
More information is available at: Tinman Unlimited, 595-5317; The Bike Shop, 596-0588; or www.tinmanhawaii.com