Ault wary of Nevada's schedule
Nevada football coach Chris Ault sees a rough road ahead.
"This is the toughest schedule this university has ever played. No question about it," Ault said yesterday. The season opener pits two of the three Western Athletic Conference 2005 co-champions against each other at Fresno on Sept. 1 (ESPN). Nevada travels to Arizona State on Sept. 9, then hosts Colorado State and Northwestern before playing at rival UNLV and at Aloha Stadium.
Stadium: bags, ti leaves, 'ThunderStix' allowed
Backpacks, ti leaves and inflatable "ThunderStix" noisemakers will be allowed in Aloha Stadium for the upcoming University of Hawaii football season, the stadium announced yesterday.
"Any bag can come in now subject to search, and they will be searched," Wackenhut Security site supervisor Ed Spezio said.
The stadium will also continue to offer express lanes for customers without bags, to keep the lines moving.
Air horns and whistles are still prohibited, but megaphones and inflatable clappers will be allowed, Spezio said. Ti leaves and pom-pons are OK again.
Leeward Community College, Kam Drive Inn and Radford High School will serve as additional parking venues during UH games.
Local golfers among Women's Amateur leaders
Three golfers with Hawaii ties are among the top 10 heading into today's second round of stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Women's Amateur in North Plains, Ore.
Pearl City's Mari Chun and former Hilo resident Kimberly Kim shot 1-under-par 70s yesterday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club and are among five players tied for fourth place, one stroke behind three players who share the lead at 2 under. Honolulu's Ayaka Kaneko is another stroke back at even-par 70 and is tied for ninth place.
Honolulu's Stephanie Kono shot a 4-over 75 and is tied for 46th place. Tammy Surtees of Waikoloa ended yesterday's round at 90.
The top 64 players after today's play advance to the stroke-play portion of the event starting Wednesday. The 36-hole final match is Sunday.
Waipio wins in Little League regional
Waipio Little League routed Snow Canyon (Utah) 14-1 yesterday to improve to 2-1 in pool play at the Little League Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.
Waipio has won its last two games since losing its opener and faces River Park (Fresno, Calif.), the Northern California representative, today at 8:45 a.m. in its final pool-play contest. River Park is 2-0 in the tournament, followed by Waipio and Ahwatukee American (Ariz.) at 2-1. Rounding out the regional standings are Northridge City (Calif.) at 1-1, Lone Mountain (Nevada) at 1-2, and Snow Canyon at 0-3.
The top four teams in pool play advance to Thursday's semifinals. The winners play for the regional title and a berth in the Little League World Series on Saturday. The championship will be televised on ESPN2 at 3 p.m.
» Pearl City advanced to the championship game of the Senior League (ages 15-16) Western Regional with an 11-1 win over Montana yesterday in Salem, Ore.
Jason Rasa struck out six in a one-hitter, and Ryno Acosta, Bryson Nakamura, Bully Casarez and Rory Nakayama drove in two runs each for Pearl City. The team is 5-0 in the tournament and faces Arizona in today's final. The winner advances to the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine.
» Pearl City lost for the first time in the Junior League (ages 13-14) Western Regional in Beaverton, Ore., falling to Nevada 10-3.
With the game tied 3-3 in the fifth inning, Nevada broke it open with six runs in the bottom of the frame to take control. A.J. Johnson went 3-for-4 to pace Pearl City.
Pearl City finished pool play at 4-1. The team can earn a spot in the semifinal round if Nevada loses its final pool-play game today.
» The Mililani Pony All-Stars (ages 13-14) split their first two games in the West Zone tournament in Fullerton, Calif.
Simi Valley (Calif.) rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to defeat Mililani 10-9 in the opener on Saturday. Mililani bounced back on Sunday to defeat host Fullerton 14-4 behind a three-hit effort by pitchers Kainoa Inafuku, Ryan Muraoka, Bryson Kenolio and Keanu Carmichael.
UH's Weaver earns gold in Canada
Meghan Weaver, an incoming junior with the Hawaii track and field team, won gold in the shot put at the Canadian Track and Field Championship over the weekend.
Weaver, competing for the London West track club, set a lifetime best with a throw of 50 feet, 7 inches
UH senior Novelle Murray, competing for the Kajaks Track and Field club, took second in the discus with a throw of 161-10.25.
» Jordyn Breitbarth of the Big Island placed third in the softball throw in the Girls 9-10 division to lead a group of five Hawaii athletes at the Hershey Youth Program National Track and Field Meet on Saturday in Hershey, Pa.
Tomasi Paahana of Maui (Boys 13-14) was fifth in the standing long jump. Maya Palaroan of Maui (Girls 11-12) was sixth in the 100-meter dash. Cynric Aquinde of Maui (Boys 13-14) was sixth in the 200 meters. Kimberly Pugliese of Mililani (Girls 13-14) placed seventh in the 1,600 meters.