Ching earns MLS' Goal of the Year Award
Brian Ching is the winner of the 2006 Sierra Mist Goal of the Year Award in voting conducted on Major League Soccer's Web site, www.MLSnet.com.
The Kamehameha graduate and striker for the Houston Dynamo won the hardware with a spectacular bicycle kick on Sept. 30 that gave Houston a 1-0 win over D.C. United.
Ching was the MLS Cup MVP on Sunday, leading the Dynamo to the league championship in a victory over the New England Revolution.
Ching scored a goal in overtime for a 1-1 tie to force a shootout, in which he scored the game-winning goal.
Heinemann upsets Lajola in Futures tourney
University of Hawaii tennis player Sascha Heinemann defeated Dennis Lajola 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 in the first round of the Honolulu Futures USTA Pro Circuit tournament at the UH Tennis Complex yesterday.
Lajola is an up-and-coming, nationally ranked junior player from Hawaii. Heinemann was the Western Athletic Conference's freshman of the year last season.
Lajola and doubles partner Nathaniel Schnugg advanced by defeating former Hawaii Pacific players Jan-Axel Tribler and Mikael Maatta 7-5, 6-3.
The $15,000 tournament continues through Nov. 19.
BeachBoys blast Sharks in HWB
Kamehameha product Duke Sardinha singled off left-hander David Haehnel in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Mark Minicozzi with the winning run as the Waikiki BeachBoys beat the Honolulu Sharks 9-5 in a Hawaii Winter Baseball game at Les Murakami Stadium.
Cole Garner followed with a three-run shot, his fourth homer of the season and second of the game. Garner went 3-for-4 with six RBIs.
» Dustin Martin had two hits and Keiyo Aomatsu drove in two runs to lead the North Shore Honu to a 3-2 victory over the West Oahu CaneFires last night at Hans L'Orange Field.
Satoshi Yamazaki got the win, but only after he blew a save opportunity.
Peters, Mapu and Martin make region team
Brigham Young-Hawaii outside hitter Tuli Peters and setter Leeann Mapu were selected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's All-Pacific Region Team yesterday.
Hawaii Pacific middle blocker Barbara Martin was also picked to the region team.
» BYUH (20-1) dropped to No. 15 in the national rankings after losing in the first round of the NCAA II tournament last week.
PGA of America gives to Hawaii youth golf
The PGA of America will donate $50,000 to two Hawaii youth golf organizations.
The PGA Foundation will pledge $35,000 to the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association. Also, Kauai Junior Golf will receive $15,000 from the PGA Grand Slam of Golf for KJG's involvement with the annual tournament.