COURTESY OF KATHY FARLEY
The Holomua Women's Over-50 Soccer Team members are (bottom row, left to right): Lee Kalama, Donna Fouts, Shelley Fey. Second row: Patty Kim, Kathy Farley, Janet Pappas, Alma Barton, Lois Teidemann. Third row: Pilahi Gregg, Linda Davis, Kathy Mahoney, Corinne Mewhirter, Lynn Aurelius. Top row: Renee Martin, Debbie Boltz, Maris van der Lee, Kiki Lau.
Holomua nets second Veteran's Cup title
The Holomua Women's Over-50 soccer team successfully defended its Veteran's Cup Soccer Tournament title in Wilmington, N.C., this past July by allowing just one goal in five matches.
The team won its three pool matches against teams from Ohio, Michigan and Texas by scores of 4-0, 3-0 and 3-1, respectively.
In the semifinal round, Holomua faced the Michigan team again and squeaked out a 2-1 victory. The championship match was against Virginia United and the Hawaii women prevailed 3-0.
The goals in the title match were scored by Lee Kalama, Janet Pappas and Lynn Aurelius.
"Once you win, teams view you so differently. Last year, we were the sweet girls from Hawaii that won. This year, we were the wicked wahines from the islands that everyone hated," said goalkeeper Donna Fouts.
Pearl City rallies in Junior League series
Kahana Neal's bases-loaded double capped a four-run seventh-inning outburst as Pearl City rallied past North Cumberland, N.J., 5-4 in the Junior League (ages 13-14) World Series in Taylor, Michigan.
North Cumberland, the East representative, took a 4-1 lead into the final inning. Justin Protacio drove in a run to trim the Pearl City deficit and Neal's three-run double gave the West champions the lead. Starter Keanu Sato picked up the win on the mound while Shayne Nakata closed out the victory in the seventh.
Pearl City improved to 1-1 in the United States Pool and handed North Cumberland (2-1) its first loss. Pearl City faces South champion Woodlawn of Alexandria, Va., today and closes pool play tomorrow against Central representative South Bend Eastside of Indiana.
The top two teams in the pool advance to Friday's semifinals against the top finishers in the International Pool. All of the U.S. teams have one loss so far.
» Pearl City remained undefeated at the Senior League (ages 15-16) World Series in Bangor, Maine, with a 7-3 win over Canada yesterday. Duane Kiyota, Bryson Namba and John Abreu drove in two runs each for Pearl City (3-0). Kurt Poentis entered the game in the second inning and gave up five hits and struck out two while walking none to earn the win.
Pearl City plays host Bangor tomorrow to close pool play. The top two teams in the pool advance to Friday's semifinals.
» Hilo defeated St. Mary's County (Md.) 12-0 yesterday to improve to 3-0 at the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, Md.
Chayce Kaaua and Ekolu Martins drove in three runs each in the game shortened to four innings. Kawika Pruett went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Martins struck out four over two innings on the mound and picked up the win.
UH implements new academic guidelines
The Hawaii athletic department has established new guidelines and procedures in an effort to improve the school's NCAA graduation success rate and academic progress rate.
Among the elements included under the plan is a process to "review the applications for admission of athletes who may not meet all of the normal admission criteria." Also a student-athlete could lose his scholarship if he isn't in good academic standing for two consecutive semesters. Athletes will be allowed to travel only if they are in good academic standing. It also calls for scheduling road trips to minimize lost class time (for example, teams competing in the Pacific time zone will leave Hawaii no earlier than 48 hours prior to the event) and not allowing missed classes for home practices.
UH-Manoa chancellor Denise Konan said the school's goal is to raise its graduation success rate and APR to "above the 50th percentile among Division I institutions nationwide."
UH teams lost six scholarships -- five in football and one in baseball -- last spring due to the NCAA's APR formula.
HPU women's hoops signs 7
The Hawaii Pacific University women's basketball program signed seven players to its first recruiting class, coach Liz O'Brien announced yesterday.
Among the signees are two Hawaii high school products. Former Radford point guard Kamia Smith (5-foot-7) was the OIA West player of the year last spring, averaging 10.6 points and five assists per game. Roosevelt forward Shannon Miyashiro (5-10) was a second-team OIA East all-star.
Guard Kellie Morey leads four junior college transfers joining the Sea Warriors. Morey (12.6 points, 5.3 rebounds per game) was a second-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges pick last season at Clackamas (Ore.) Community College. Three players from Taft (Calif.) Community College -- guard/forward Ashley Jenkins, guard Natalie Mitchell and center Jocelyne Norris -- also signed with the team.
Guard Lauren Lawson, a current HPU student, rounds out the class. O'Brien also has verbal commitments from two more players, but can't comment on them until they submit a national letter of intent.
Century Ride set for Sept. 24
Entries are being accepted for the 25th annual Honolulu Century Ride, the state's oldest cycling event, to be held Sept. 24.
The ride begins and ends at Kapiolani Park with riders given a choice of six routes ranging from 20 to 100 miles.
Applications are available at local bike stores, in Athletes HI magazine and online at Active.com and hbl.org. For more information, call 735-5756.