Waipio wins twice to earn berth
Marcus Yoshii struck out 16 batters in six innings in pitching a no-hitter in Game 1 and added a double and two runs in Game 2 as Waipio defeated Kapolei 4-0 and 7-2 yesterday to win the Little League State Major (11-12) Tournament yesterday in Wailuku, Maui.
Yoshii added a homer during the first game, in which he walked two and hit a batter. Kapolei led the second game 2-0 before Waipio scored seven runs in the final two innings to pull away for the victory.
Waipio, which advanced to the Little League World Series in 2002, plays Arizona on Aug. 4 in the first round of the West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif.
UH-Hilo's Morgan resigns volleyball post
Hawaii-Hilo athletic director Kathleen McNally last night announced the resignation of Vulcans volleyball coach Julie Morgan "effective immediately."
Morgan, a Punahou alumnus, was 14-11 last season and 26-48 in her three years at UH-Hilo. She'd compiled a career record of 441-221 over 22 years, including stops as coach at Utah, Illinois State and Salt Lake Community College.
Morgan could not be reached for comment.
Hawaii team leads Junior America's Cup
Hawaii led by a single stroke yesterday after Day 2 at the Boys Junior America's Cup team golf championship at Ogden, Utah.
Heading into today's final round, the Hawaii team's two-day total of 214-211--425 was one stroke better than Utah, two better than Oregon and Southern California.
Chan Kim shot a 69 yesterday to lead Hawaii, and Sean Maekawa and T.J. Kua had identical 71 scores. Alex Ching (78) rounds out the Hawaii team.
» Jaclyn Hilea shot the only sub-par round yesterday to increase her lead to five strokes going into today's final day of the Hawaii State Women's Golf Association Stroke Play Championship at Mid-Pacific Country Club.
Hilea, a recent Moanalua High graduate, carded a 1-under 71 to go 4 under after 36 holes at 140. Kayla Morinaga and Lesly Ann Komoda traded spots, with Morinaga moving into second after a 73--145 and Komoda down to third following a 77--148.
» At the AJGA HP Boys Junior Championship at Orlando, Fla., Moanalua High School's Tadd Fujikawa shot a second-round 5-over 76 yesterday to fall into a tie for 20th place. Fujikawa made the cut, seven strokes off the pace set by co-leaders Andrew Yun and Kyle Stanley, both of Washington, who stand at 4 under for the tournament. Play resumes today.
» At the AJGA McDonald's Betsy Rawls Girls Championship at Malvern, Pa., Honolulu's Stephanie Kono finished in a three-way tie for seventh with a two-day total of 145 after shooting even-par 71 on the day. Three leaders are 1 under for the tournament.
Kahului's Elyse Okada shot 1 over to put herself in a tie for 36th. Pahoa's Kimberly Kim was at 77-80--157, tied for 55th.
Mitchell wins inaugural Maui paddleboard race
Australia's Jamie Mitchell tuned up for a potential five-peat of this Sunday's Quiksilveredition Molokai to Oahu Paddleboard Race by winning the inaugural Maui International Paddleboard Race last weekend.
Mitchell finished the 9-mile course from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 40 seconds for overall honors and first in unlimited division. Justin Mitchell, Jamie's younger brother, was second in unlimited in 1:20:40.
Kanesa Duncan of Honolulu was the first female to finish (1:36:29). Maui's David Kalama won the stand-up paddleboard division in 1:13:08, the second-best time overall.
Herring, Yogi lead U.S. to another win
Kamehameha's Kanani Herring had a match-high 17 points and Punahou's Sydney Yogi added a match-high 18 digs at libero as the U.S. Girls Youth National Team defeated Mexico 25-14, 25-14, 25-18 in 57 minutes at the NORCECA Girls Continental Volleyball Championships yesterday in Gainesville, Fla.
Herring, the 18-under team co-captain and starting outside hitter, had 10 kills, 2 blocks and 5 aces as the U.S. improved to 2-0 in pool play. Middle blocker Jordan Meredith of Kamehameha, the third team member from Hawaii, had three kills after coming off the bench in Game 2. The U.S. takes on Puerto Rico (1-1) today.
Hawaii third at Women's Junior National Duals
Hawaii lost to eventual national champion California in the semifinals but beat Florida 32-21 at the Women's Junior National wrestling Duals at Fargo, N.D.
Kylah Saballa-Olaes (pin), Cherae Pascua (technical fall) and Junior Nationals champion Desiree Memea (decision) won matches in the third-place dual against Florida. Hawaii also got points in several matches via forfeit.
Memea (dec.) also won a match against California.
» Iolani's Kawika Shoji and Keali'i Frank of Kamehameha have been named to Volleyball magazine's Boys Fab 50 all-star team, honoring the top 50 high school seniors in the country.
Shoji, a 6-foot-4 setter and two-sport all-state selection for the Raiders, will attend Stanford in the fall. Frank, a 6-6 middle blocker and basketball standout for the Buffanblu, has committed to Hawaii.
Also named to the team was Tom Pestolesi Jr., the son of former UH players Tom Pestolesi Sr. and Diane Sebastian Pestolesi. The 6-5 senior from Edison High in California has committed to Long Beach State.
'Transpac voice' Baldwin dies, 79
After presiding over the last 14 races over a span of 26 years, Grant Baldwin retired as radio "voice of the Transpac" after last summer's Centennial Transpacific Yacht Race, saying, "It's time for somebody whose voice isn't as scratchy and who doesn't talk back (to the racers)."
He died at his home in Balboa, Calif., on Tuesday night after a long fight with cancer. He was 79.
A Michigan native, Baldwin first served as a crew member on the San Francisco-to-Hawaii race in 1961. He was later the Transpac's entry chairman, and was race commodore in 1989. He is survived by his wife, Jody, seven children and 10 grandchildren. Arrangements are pending.
Garcia, Ho advance at Honda U.S. Open
Former Association of Surfing Professionals world champion Sunny Garcia placed second in his heat and advanced yesterday in the round of 96 at the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing at Huntington Beach, Calif.
"It was cool," said tour rookie Bobby Martinez of advancing as the winner after surfing in Garcia's heat. "I had a heat with him at Haleiwa. He's everyone's hero and he's going to make the heat no matter what. You've got to count on him getting the right waves. I mean, it's Sunny -- he's a world champ."
Haleiwa's Mason Ho, who earned a last-minute alternate spot through trials, stayed alive with a comeback win in his heat.
Papua New Guinea lands 594-pound fish at HIBT
Papua New Guinea's New Britain Game Fishing Club caught four fish -- the largest weighing in at 594 pounds -- to score 1,562 points and steal the lead yesterday at the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament in Kona.
"We are all great friends and grew up together in Papua New Guinea, said noted lure maker John Lau, who boated a 351-pound Pacific Blue Marlin for New Britain.
Two days remain in the five-day contest.