Dizon named to Butkus watch list
Colorado linebacker Jordon Dizon was named to the Butkus Award watch list yesterday.
Dizon, who prepped at Waimea, played in all 13 games for the Buffaloes in his sophomore season last year, collecting 61 tackles and three sacks in 475 snaps from scrimmage. He has 143 career tackles in his two years.
Senior inside linebacker Thaddaeus Washington is also on the list for Colorado.
"That has kind of been (linebackers) coach (Brian) Cabral's staple," head coach Dan Hawkins said on the team's Web site. "We want them to get on the final watch list not just the watch list. I'm sure [they] can, especially with the reputation this place has with linebackers and with what Cabral has done. It's probably not totally out of the question if those guys played up to their level and stayed healthy."
Cabral, who prepped at Saint Louis and played for nine years in the NFL, has had 13 linebackers drafted into the NFL since joining the program in 1989.
The Butkus Award has been given to the nation's top linebacker since 1985. Penn State's Paul Posluszny won the award last year.
Sea Warriors give Kapis first victory
Freshman Chelsea Taylor put down 17 kills and Barbara Martin fell a block short of a triple-double as Hawaii Pacific beat Wheeling Jesuit 30-24, 31-29, 36-38, 30-25 at the Hawaiian Style Classic in Hilo yesterday to give new coach Daryl Kapis his first win.
The Sea Warriors lost their momentum in the next game, though, losing 30-21, 28-30, 30-27, 30-26 to Findlay. Martin and Antje Buskies each had 14 kills for HPU, but Mallory Fleming put down 24 kills for Findlay.
» No. 21 Brigham Young-Hawaii (3-0) remained undefeated with a 30-22, 30-19, 30-22 win over Wheeling Jesuit after dropping Findlay 30-19, 30-21, 30-23 in their first match of the day. Tuli Peters had 40 kills in the two matches for the Seasiders.
» UH-Hilo dropped both matches yesterday, falling to Western New Mexico 29-31, 20-30, 30-21, 30-27, 15-6 before losing to Seattle Pacific 30-21, 32-30, 30-28.
Taina Savage had 53 kills for the Vulcans in both matches and St. Francis product Elizabeth Narkon led the Mustangs (2-0) with 15 kills.
» Narkon was limited to eight kills in Western New Mexico's next match, a 30-19, 30-25, 30-26 sweep at the hands of Chaminade. Brittnee Fonnesbeck led the Silverswords with 16 kills and Trina Kauliakamoa added 12. Chaminade lost its first match of the day 30-21, 21-30, 31-29, 30-23 to Seattle Pacific despite Kauliakomoa's 16 kills.
The tournament concludes today.