Ching signs extension with Dynamo
Kamehameha graduate Brian Ching signed an extension yesterday with the Houston Dynamo of Major League Soccer, the league Web site reported. The 28-year-old scored 11 goals last season, then netted the game-tying goal in overtime of the MLS Cup and made his penalty kick as the Dynamo won the league title. According to the Houston Chronicle, the deal -- for one season, with two team option years -- pushes Ching's salary past $200,000, a 25 percent raise.
Rainbow Wahine, 'Bows lead respective meets
Hawaii's men's and women's swimming and diving teams lead their respective conference championship meets after yesterday's opening competition.
The Rainbow Wahine were in first place at the Western Athletic Conference championships at San Antonio yesterday. Hawaii is the WAC's defending swimming and diving champ.
Hawaii won the 800-meter freestyle relay as Bache Atkins, Mia Broden, Claudia Barsi and Elliko Heimbach beat second-place Northern Arizona by almost 4 seconds, finishing in 7:27.26. UH was second in the 200 medley relay, the day's only other event.
At Houston, the Rainbows led Conference-USA competition, thanks in part to finishing 1-2 in the 1-meter springboard dive. Magnus Frick broke his own school record with a 400.10 score. Mats Wiktorsson's second-place score joined Frick's in beating the University of Houston's pool record.
Antelopes escape with win at Chaminade
Chaminade got what it wanted last night. Grand Canyon's Milee Karre missed a free throw with just under 10 seconds left, and it went down to the final shot.
Zack Whiting, who led the Silverswords (13-9) with 17 points and 10 assists, was fouled and Chaminade inbounded with 5 seconds left. Whitings's jumper fell just short, and the Antelopes (15-7) escaped 56-54 in Pacific West Conference NCAA Division II men's basketball play at McCabe Gym.
It was a close, defensive game. Chaminade's Darrell Birton was 4-for-4 in 3-point shooting for 12 points.
» In women's action, Grand Canyon improved to 19-4 and 12-0 in PWC play with a 96-53 win over Chaminade.
The 'Swords (3-16) were led by Simrin Cummins' 14 points and eight rebounds.
The Silverswords women play a rematch with the Antelopes today at 2 p.m. at McCabe Gym. The men's game is set for 8 p.m.
» Sheila Azevedo had 16 points and eight boards and Amy Kaaiakamanu had 11 and 11, but Hawaii-Hilo couldn't keep up with Notre Dame de Namur last night in a PWC women's basketball game at Civic Auditorium in Hilo.
The Vulcans (4-15, 3-8) couldn't stop seven Notre Dame de Namur (8-16, 7-5) 3-pointers in the first half.
» In men's play, UH-Hilo's Sam Wilhoite had 25 points and nine rebounds and Justin Dobson and Vince Alvarado added 18 and 11 points, respectively, but once again Notre Dame de Namur took it to the home team. The Vulcans (8-15, 5-6) had a two-point lead at halftime but the Argos (8-14, 2-10) ended up 73-69 winners.
» Hawaii-Hilo earned a road softball sweep yesterday, taking 8-3 and 8-1 wins at Eastern New Mexico.
Vanessa Badosa had three hits in the first game and Leo Sing Chow and Haunani Haasenritter both homered as Tracy Ryan struck out eight.
In the second game, Sing Chow was the winning pitcher, four Vulcans had two hits and Haasenritter homered again.