Vercruyssen defends trampoline title
Nani Vercruyssen of Honolulu teamed with Kaci Berry (Poway, Calif.) to defend their synchronized trampoline crown at the U.S. Trampoline and Tumbling Championships yesterday in Schaumburg, Ill.
Vercruyssen and Berry won in the junior elite division. Vercruyssen, 14, competes for Hawaii Academy. Last year, the Kaimuki Middle School student was the youngest of 50 competitors in the elite category nationwide.
Maekawa, Watabu 18th at Public Links
Sean Maekawa of Paauilo and Casey Watabu of Lihue were among 10 golfers to shoot even-par 72 yesterday in the opening round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championships in Bremerton, Wash.
They enter the second round tied for 18th place. Moanalua student Tadd Fujikawa is tied for 56th at 3 over, Kevin Shimomura of Lahaina finished at 8 over, Honolulu's Chan Kim is 9 over, and Wailuku's Lee Sakugawa is 10 over.
The top 64 players after today's round advance to the match-play portion of the tournament.
» Brendan Moynahan shot a 4-under 68 yesterday to lead the Aloha Section PGA Professional Championship at Makena Golf Club.
David Braxton and defending champion Brian Sasada are tied for second at 1-under. The 36-hole tournament concludes today with the top three finishers earning berths in next year's PGA Professional National Championship in Sunriver, Ore.
Four local teams undefeated at JO volleyball
Four Hawaii teams, including three in the 14-under club division, remained unbeaten after yesterday's second round of pool play at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympic Boys Championship in Minneapolis.
The Ku'ikahi 14s are 6-0 and haven't dropped a set. Onipa'a (6-0) and Asics Rainbows (5-0) have dropped just one set in their matches.
The Ku'ikahi 15s also haven't dropped a set in going 5-0 in the club division. In the 15s open division, Outrigger Canoe Club is 3-3 and Onipa'a 2-4.
Outrigger is 5-1 in the 17s open. In the 17s club, Onipa'a is 4-3, Ku'ikahi 2-2, Pilipa'a 2-4, Quicksets 0-6.
Chow family continues judo success
Daniel Chow won both the IJF 68-kilogram division and the sportsmanship award, and sister Chrissy won her division, as the USA Judo National Junior Olympic Championships concluded Sunday in San Jose, Calif.
The Chows' sister Melinda won both her division and the sportsmanship award on Saturday. Chrissy's gold came in the Juvenile A 53kg division.
Hawaii placed second out of 22 states in the standings, with 63 points, earning eight gold medals, six silvers and five bronzes.
Shobukan Judo Club and Hawaii Tenri, both of Honolulu, finished 1-2 in the club standings.
Also winning gold from Hawaii was Mililani's Corey-Jo Tashima, who beat Samantha Batoon of Honolulu twice to take the IJF Junior 48kg division. Batoon took silver in one of the most competitive divisions at the meet.
Other female winners were: Taylor Ibera, Juvenile B 44kg; Megan Morisada, Juvenile B 48kg; and Tani Ader, Juvenile B 57kg. Other male winners were: Jordan Ng, Juvenile B 44kg, and Anthony Kwon, Juvenile A 48kg.
Lambert-Metzger win Atlanta tournament
Punahou products Mike Lambert and Stein Metzger teamed to win their second title of the season, downing the duo of Dax Holdren and ex-Hawaii player Sean Scott 21-17, 18-21, 15-13 for the AVP Atlanta Open pro beach volleyball tournament title Sunday.
Lambert-Metzger, the only team to advance to the final four in all eight AVP events this season, will split $19,000. Holdren and Scott, also a Punahou alumnus, will share $13,400.
Another Punahou graduate, Kevin Wong, and partner Larry Witt tied for fifth. Former UH player Jason Ring finished tied for 13th with partner Paul Baxter, and Albert Hannemann (ex-UH) finished out of the money, tying for 37th, with Jeff Carlucci.
On the women's side, former UH-Hilo player Tanya Fuamatu-Anderson and Pat Keller finished tied for 17th.