Sallas one step closer to national title
Defending national champion and three-time world champion Colin McPhillips was upset by a pair of local longboarders in the semifinals of the U.S. Pro Longboarding Championships yesterday at Waikiki.
Local riders Ned Snow and Kekoa Uemura finished ahead of McPhillips, opening the door for defending Hawaiian Open champion Kai Sallas to win his first national title. Sallas and 23-year old Venton Siliado advanced from the other heat to tomorrow's final at 3 p.m.
In the women's division, 15-year old Megan Godinez of Kaneohe advanced to the final heat tomorrow along with Kailua's Ashley Quintal and Honolulu's Miku Uemura. Californian Lindsay Steinriede rounds out the final heat, scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.
» Local surfers Megan Abubo, Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly all failed to reach the third round of the Roxy Billabong Girls pro surfing event in Brazil yesterday.
Each of the three earned $3,000 for their ninth-place finishes. Australia's Layne Beachley remains alive, and Peru's Sofia Mulanovich advanced to the quarterfinals with a 16.75 score, the highest of the third round. The contest is scheduled to run through next Monday.
Chaminade opens Hawaii Style Classic with win
Evelyn Bluthenthal and Trina Kauliakomoa put down 15 and 13 kills as Chaminade opened the Hawaiian Style Classic with a 30-14, 30-22, 30-27 victory over Wheeling Jesuit last night at Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium.
BYU-Hawaii was also victorious as the Seasiders defeated Seattle Pacific 30-25, 30-27, 30-24 behind 12 kills from both Lesina Funaki and Michelle Peters.
Hawaii Pacific didn't fare quite as well, losing to Western New Mexico 25-30, 30-17, 30-25, 30-20. The host Vulcans were defeated by Findlay 36-34, 30-18, 30-20.