Wahine picked second in WAC
The Hawaii soccer team placed second in the Western Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll released yesterday.
The Rainbow Wahine, the 2005 WAC regular-season champions, received 42 points to finish four points behind Fresno State in the poll. UH received two first-place votes.
The Wahine open the season Aug. 25 against Washington led by seven returning starters, including first-team All-WAC selections Jessica Domingo and Koren Takeyama.
Carpenter-Kabalis to lead UH-Hilo volleyball
Carla Carpenter-Kabalis has been hired as interim coach for the Hawaii-Hilo volleyball team, UHH athletic director Kathleen McNally announced yesterday.
Carpenter-Kabalis played for the Vulcans in the early 1980s and was a member of three national championship teams. She was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame last year. She served as an assistant at UHH under Sharon Peterson for three years, helping the Vulcans to another NAIA national crown in 1988. She also coached at the high school level at Hilo, Waiakea and St. Joseph's.
Carpenter-Kabalis will be assisted by Angie Andrade-Morioka and Nalani Spencer-Viveiros.
The Vulcans' season begin with the Hawaiian Style Classic Aug. 24-26.
Hawaii Select second in Las Vegas
The Hawaii Select girls basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit to within one point with a minute left before falling to the Omaha (Neb.) Crusaders 56-54 yesterday in the finals of the Vision Sports National Youth Basketball Championships in Las Vegas.
"Right around the 8-minute mark we made a run," coach Chico Furtado said.
After reducing the lead to one point, Omaha took advantage of a defensive breakdown by Hawaii Select and increased the margin to four. Hawaii Select scored with 2 seconds remaining to cut the lead, but had no timeouts left.
Shanadee Canon (Kalaheo) and Jamie Smith (Iolani) paced Hawaii Select with 14 points apiece. Analee Viena Lota (Kamehameha) tallied 10 points for the squad, which won all three of its pool-play games and two of three in championship-bracket competition.
Hawaii Select won its semifinal game earlier in the day, edging Jamonit (Reno). Nicole Fu (Maryknoll) and Smith scored 16 each, and Ashley Medcalf (Christian Academy) added 10.
Chan wins Kids Golf world title
Lorens Chan of Honolulu shot a second consecutive 1-under 71 on Saturday to win the Boys 12 division at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pinehurst, N.C.
Chan finished with a three-round total of 206 to finish six strokes ahead of Shunyat Hak of China.
Chan opened the three-day tournament for youngsters ages 4-12 with a 64 and followed with two rounds of 71 to capture the division title.
» Ron Kiaaina Jr. of Makaha Resort Golf Club won a playoff to capture the Aloha Section PGA Senior Championship yesterday at Mauna Lani Resort's North Course on the Big Island.
Kiaaina finished with a two-round total of 147 to tie Mike Rich and Larry Stubblefield for first place. He then parred the first extra hole to win the tournament.