Hawaii Grown: College Athletics
Ching wins first college tournament
Jasmine Ching (Waiakea '06) carded a 41-41--82 to lead the Pacific U. Boxers to a first-round win in the Pacific Four-Way Meet last Saturday on the par-72 Quail Valley Course in Banks. Ore.
Ching, in her first college event, finished two strokes ahead of Willamette's Whitney Ueno (Hilo '05) and Linfield's Leslie Wheeler.
» Kelly Nakashima (Baldwin '04) had the best finish Tuesday of four Hawaii golfers in the Salbasgeon Suites Invitational at the par-72, 6,271-yard Trysting Tree Course in Corvallis, Ore.
The junior at Idaho tied for 29th place with rounds of 78-74-76 for a 226.
Sarah Sheffield (Keaau '04), a junior at Gonzaga who was the top scorer for the Bulldogs, shot a 74-81-77--232. Kayla Morinaga (Sacred Hearts '05), a sophomore at Portland State, had a 77-74-80--231.
They tied with three others for 43rd place.
Jennie Pleas (Kauai '04), a junior at Nevada, finished in a tie for 47th place with a 78-79-76--233.
» Earlier, Morinaga fired a final-round 73 to lead the PSU Vikings to a 13th-place finish in the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic at Colorado State on Sept. 12.
She shot 77-76-73--226 to match her career best for a 54-hole tournament and tied for 30th place in the 90-player field.
» Mari Chun (Kamehameha '05) had rounds of 70, 74 and 76 to finish at 220 and a tie for 24th place as the Stanford women's golf team came in sixth at Mason Randolph Championship on the Vanderbilt Legends Club Course last Sunday.
Jenna Seki (Punahou '03) came in 62nd with a three-day total of 73-81-78--232.
Amanda Wilson (Waiakea '05), a sophomore at Arizona, had a 77-77-84--238 to tie for 71st place. The Wildcats finished fourth.
» Jerrene Takeuchi, a 2003 Iolani grad, was fourth in the Hanover Invitational on Sunday with a 95-83--178 to help the Hanover College Panthers place second.
Nasca's TD catch ignites Cougars
Nate Nasca will remember the Asuza Pacific Cougars' first play from scrimmage on Sept. 9 at Fawcett Stadium in Canton, Ohio, for a long time.
The junior wide receiver from Pearl City caught a 78-yard TD pass from quarterback Rudy Carlton to give APU (1-1) a 7-0 lead en route to a 31-6 win over Malone.
It was the first win for Cougars' Victor Dela Cruz, promoted to head coach this year after five years as an assistant. Dela Cruz played linebacker for the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors who won the 1992 Holiday Bowl. He redshirted in 1990 and played from 1991-94.
Lau delivers timely goals for Wellesley
Jennifer Lau has been the go-to player for the Wellesley College Blue women's soccer team when it comes to scoring the winning goal.
Lau (Punahou '04) scored at 17:30 on Sept. 13 in a 1-0 road win over Emerson as Wellesley improved to 3-1.
In a season-opening 2-1 win over win Gordon College, her goal at 50:43 was the difference. Lau then scored the first goal on a penalty kick at 58:12 in a 4-0 victory over Simmons.
Leitner has a top-10 finish for Aggies
Andrea Leitner (Kohala), a senior at New Mexico State, finished seventh in 25 minutes, 49.02 seconds in a 5,915-meter cross country run last Friday at Santa Teresa, N.M. She was the third of five NMS runners in the top 10, helping the Aggies come in second behind host Texas-El Paso.