Herring helps U.S. win in NORCECA volleyball
Kamehameha's Kanani Herring had six kills and hit .500 as Team USA opened the NORCECA Girls Continental Volleyball Championships yesterday with an impressive 25-14, 25-9, 25-10 sweep of Honduras in 52 minutes in Gainesville, Fla.
Herring, a 5-foot-9 outside hitter, is one of three Hawaii girls to make the 12-member roster. The others are 5-2 libero Sydney Yogi of Punahou and Kamehameha's Jordan Meredith, a 6-foot hitter.
The three, along with Iolani's Kelly Pang, were among the 18 invited back for the final training camp earlier this month.
"Our intensity was awesome, and this is something we have been working for in our practices," said Herring, the team's co-captain. "I am excited about our team's chances."
Also competing in the qualifier for the 2007 FIVB Girls' Youth World Championship (U-18) are Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
The Americans meet Mexico today with round-robin play continuing through Saturday. Sunday's classification matches determine final tournament rankings.
Memea repeats as wrestling champion
Desiree Memea of University Lab School won her weight class for the second consecutive year at the Women's Junior Freestyle Championships that concluded Saturday.
Memea took the 175-pound class title with a 5-0 record, winning the final by decision over Dallas Monreal-Berner of Illinois. Hawaii finished third with 26 points out of 24 teams.
In the 95-pound division, Keiko Akamine of Iolani finished second, while Kelsie-Ann Mita of Mid-Pacific was fourth.
Also, Cherae Pascua (Mililani) was fifth at 119 and Kara Takasaki (Punahou) was seventh at 139.
Yesterday, Hawaii went 1-1 on the first day of the Women's National Junior Dual Meet Championship.
Hawaii defeated New Jersey 29-8 in Round 1. Winning their bouts were Akamine (95, pin); Mita (102, forfeit); Sheryl Manglaylay (119 dec.); Kuuipo Badayos (128, dec.); Piikea Kalalau (138, pin); Takasaki (148, dec.) and Memea (175, forfeit).
In Round 2, Hawaii lost to Maryland, 35-8. Takasaki (pin) and Kalalau (dec.) were the only ones to win bouts.
Hilea leads state stroke play championship
Recent Moanalua High graduate Jaclyn Hilea had a two-stroke lead over Lesly Ann Komoda heading into today's second round of the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association State Amateur Stroke Play Championship at Mid-Pacific Golf Club.
Hilea carded 3-under 69 to lead the 11-golfer field. Komoda, last week's state match-play runner up and two-time winner of this event, shot a 1-under on her home course.
Play continues through tomorrow's final round.
» At the AJGA HP Boys Junior Championships in Orlando, Fla., Honolulu's Tadd Fujikawa was tied with six others for ninth place at 1-under 71 after yesterday's first round. Fujikawa was five strokes behind leader Kyle Stanley (66).
» At the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship in Malvern, Pa., Stephanie Kono of Honolulu shot an opening round 2-over 74 to share 12th place with six others.
Kono was four strokes off the lead shared by a trio of golfers. Kimberly Kim of Pahoa was tied for 34th at 77 and Kahului's Elyse Okada was tied for 58th at 81.
» At the Boys Junior America's Cup in Ogden, Utah, Hawaii was tied with San Diego for second place after yesterday's first round.
Alex Ching (71), Sean Maekawa (71) and Chan Kim (72) combined for an aggregate 214, five strokes behind Utah. TJ Kua (79) is also on the Hawaii team.
» At the Girls Junior America's Cup in Oro Valley, Ariz., Hawaii was in fifth place in the 17-team tournament.
Led by Miki Ueoka's 75, Hawaii had an aggregate 230, 10 strokes behind leader California. Also playing for Hawaii are Kaitlen Miyajima (76), Kristina Merkle (79) and Katie Sisler (86).
» Andrew Feldmann of Oahu Country Club and Honolulu's Larry Stubblefield combined for a 133 to win the Aloha Section PGA Prolink Solutions Pro-Pro Championship on Monday on the Kaanapali South Course on Maui.
The two shot a 2-under 68 in the final round of the best-ball tournament, finishing two strokes ahead of the teams of Brian Sasada-Kirk Nelson, Dan Nishomoto-Dean Prince and Eliot Gouveia-William Conroy. Feldmann and Stubblefield shared $3,000.
Waipio faces Kapolei in title game
Waipio took advantage of 10 walks over the first two innings to defeat Hilo 8-0 in the semifinal of the Little League State Major (11-12) Tournament yesterday in Wailuku, Maui.
Waipio faces unbeaten Kapolei at noon today for the championship. Should Waipio win, it would force a deciding game in the double-elimination event at 3 p.m.
The winner advances to the regional competition. Hawaii (Ewa Beach) is the defending Little League World Series champion.
6 earn junior national karate team spots
Six athletes from Hawaii's Japan International Karate Center earned positions on the USA Junior National Karate Team following last week's USA National Karate Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Named to the team that will compete in September's Junior Pan-American Championships in Venezuela are: Bradley Nishibata, 17; Kawika Robertson, 16; Brooke Yorita, 16; Chad Watson, 15; Rance China, 14; and Patrick Martin, 13.