Judokas doing well at Junior Olympics
Nahoakuwoo Salera was given the Best Technique Award, Melinda Chow the Sportsmanship Award and Hawaii athletes earned 27 medals during the first day of the USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships at San Jose, Calif.
Salera, competing in the 42-kilogram Intermediate 2 division, won all five of his matches by ippon (instant win). His dynamic throwing ability is what earned him his award, according to the judges.
Chow went 5-0 by ippon as well in the 48kg Intermediate 2 division. Judges said she dominated each match with a quiet confidence.
After the first day, Hawaii had 13 gold medals, seven silver and seven bronze for 93 points and second place in the team standings. California dominated the 18-state competition with 72 medals overall, for 204 points.
Hawaii dominated the Boys Intermediate 2 38kg division, earning all three medals. The gold went to Kekoa Morris, the silver to Royce Mori and the bronze to Ryan Oda.
Also winning gold from Hawaii were: Siena Ho, Bantam 3 23kg; Kaylin Castro, Bantam 3 27 kg; Teniya Alo, Bantam 2 25kg; and Teshya Alo, Intermediate 1 26kg;
Male gold medalists from Hawaii were: Cameron Kato, Bantam 3 23kg; Tyler Allen, Bantam 3 27kg; Ka'ua Nishigaya, Bantam 1 19kg; Jacob Palimoa, Intermediate 2 34kg; Kekoa Morris, Intermediate 2 38kg; Dane Pestano, Intermediate 2 53kg; and Bryson Castro, Intermediate 1 34kg.
Hawaii teams unbeaten at Junior Olympics
Seven Hawaii teams opened yesterday's pool play undefeated at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Tournament in Minneapolis.
Three of the unbeatens are in the 14s club division: Onipa'a (4-0), Ku'ikahi (3-0) and Asics Rainbows (2-0). In the 18s open, Outrigger Canoe Club was 3-0 while Ku'ikahi went 2-0 in 15s club.
In the 17s club, Asics Rainbows and Ku'ikahi were both 2-0, with Pilipa'a and Onipa'a opening 1-2 and Quicksets 0-3. In the 15s open, Onipa'a was 2-1 and Outrigger 1-2.
Also, Onipa'a went 1-3 to finish sixth in the one-day, nine-team 12-under club play.
Turtle Bay junior program opens
Turtle Bay Resort's North Shore Junior Golf Program for ages 8-17 begins tomorrow with a 3 p.m. orientation at the resort.
The cost is $25 per golfer for instruction on Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 27. The last of six sessions includes playing nine holes on the Fazio Course and an awards banquet.
Golfers should bring their clubs. Walk-in registrations will be accepted.
For more information, contact the golf shop at 293-8974.