Herring named state's player of the year
Kamehameha's Kanani Herring has been named Hawaii's girls volleyball Gatorade player of the year, the company announced yesterday.
Herring, also the Star-Bulletin's All-State player of the year, won the honor for the second time.
She helped the Warriors win a second consecutive Division I state championship this season.
She has a 3.66 grade point average and is a volunteer coach and tutor with the Kalihi Valley Athletic Club, according to a Gatorade release.
"She's clearly the top player in the state -- a level above," Punahou coach Jim Iams said.
Herring is now eligible for Gatorade's national player of the year award.
UH alumni baseball game free to the public
Hawaii's annual baseball alumni game, set for Saturday afternoon at Murakami Stadium, is free, UH announced yesterday.
The annual 'Bows vs. former 'Bows matchup is set for 1 p.m. It is UH's first action since last season's NCAA Regional. UH opens the season hosting Santa Clara next Friday at 6:35 p.m.
Individual game tickets go on sale Monday. Season tickets continue to be on sale. For information, go to hawaiiathletics.com or call 944-BOWS.
Wahine water polo alumni game
The Rainbow Wahine water polo team plays its alumnae Saturday at noon at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex.
For the past two seasons the Wahine have placed fourth at the NCAA championships and coach Michel Roy has been named Mountain Pacific Sports Federation coach of the year twice in his five-year tenure at UH.
All-Americans Meike DeNooy and Kelly Mason return to the team. Two-time All-American Iefke Van Belkum will sit out this season to play for her national team, The Netherlands.
UH opens its season Feb. 1 at San Jose State.
UH-Hilo men, women swept at Grand Canyon
Hawaii-Hilo's men's and women's basketball squads were swept in a road trip to Grand Canyon last night, losing both ends of a doubleheader at Antelope Gymnasium.
The Vulcans men got 13 points from Vince Alvarado and 11 from Rocky Jorgensen, but scored just 28 second-half points in a 73-60 Grand Canyon win. UH-Hilo fell to 6-10.
The UH-Hilo women scored 19 points in the first half and shot 29.3 percent for the game, as Grand Canyon won 70-52. Amy Kaeaiakamanu led the Vulcans with 13 points, and Chrystal Hodson had 10. The Vulcans are now 3-9 on the season.
» UH-Hilo senior guard Travis Sobers was named Pacific West Conference player of the week yesterday after averaging 23 points per game and shooting 78.9 percent from the field in two wins over conference rival Hawaii Pacific.
» Brittnee Fonnesbeck's 20 points and 15 rebounds led Chaminade last night, but the Silverswords still fell short at Notre Dame De Namur in a 63-53 Argos win in women's basketball action at Belmont, Calif.
Simrin Cummins had 15 points and Katherine Carlisle 11 for Chaminade, which fell to 2-12. The two teams play again tonight.
Twisters to host international gymnastics meet
The Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics Club hosts an international Gymnastics in Paradise Invitational meet Saturday all day at the Aiea District Park Gym.
More than 130 female gymnasts from Japan, Alaska, California, Utah, Washington and Hawaii are expected with skill levels ranging from intermediate to pre-elite.
Tickets at the door are $5 for children and $10 for adults.