BYU-Hawaii earns postseason bid
After compiling a 20-7 regular-season record, the BYU-Hawaii men's basketball team was rewarded with an at-large bid to the NCAA II National Tournament West Regional in Arcata, Calif.
The Seasiders, who finished second in the PacWest Conference, enter the tournament as the No. 7 seed and will face No. 2 seed Cal State San Bernardino (22-5) of the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
BYU-Hawaii will meet the Coyotes at 12:30 p.m. Hawaii time in Friday's opening round of the tournament taking place at Humboldt State.
The Seasiders are 1-5 against teams in the regional, losing to Seattle Pacific, Seattle and Alaska-Anchorage once and going 1-2 against Grand Canyon. The Seasiders are 1-5 in the NCAA tournament, losing in the first round in every appearance except 2004, when they were ousted in the second round.
ILH baseball opens tomorrow
The Interscholastic League of Honolulu begins its season tomorrow with Kamehameha at Iolani. Both teams -- as well as Saint Louis, Mid-Pacific, Pac-Five and Damien -- are chasing three-time defending state champion Punahou in the very competitive private-school league.
Punahou coach Eric Kadooka says Kamehameha will be an especially strong challenger.
"They have their entire pitching staff back. It's incredible," he said.
The Buffanblu, ranked No. 41 in the nation by Baseball America, are in good shape, too, with state pitcher of the year Harrison "Jeeter" Ishida returning.
Wahine slip past Golden Flashes
Kate Robinson (3-0) struck out five and earned the shutout victory as Hawaii defeated Kent State 1-0 in softball yesterday.
The Rainbow Wahine improved to 16-5 on the year despite managing just three hits. Tyleen Tausaga led Hawaii with an RBI single, and Tanisha Milca and Claire Warwick also notched hits.
Brittney Robinson led Kent State with two hits, while pitcher Kylie Reynolds was saddled with the loss.
Vulcans sweep softball doubleheader
The Hawaii-Hilo softball team improved to 16-2 and 4-0 in Pacific West Conference play yesterday after notching wins of 5-1 and 9-1 against Grand Canyon.
Vulcans starting pitcher Tracy Ryan improved to 6-0 after surrendering just three hits and an earned run in the first game. Charity Senas drove in two runs on two hits in the winning effort, while teammates Meghan Jost and Haunani Haasenritter chipped in with two hits apiece.
Jost added two more hits in the second game, and the first baseman led Hawaii-Hilo with three RBIs. Leo Sing Chow and Brittany Dock each notched two hits and two RBIs in the winning effort.
UH sailors fifth in breezy conditions
The Hawaii coed sailing crew took on six of the Sailing World magazine Top 20 teams, and finished with a 5-4 mark in the round-robin competition in the McIntyre Team Race at Redwood City, Calif.
No. 2 St. Mary's (9-0) took the top spot, followed by No. 10 Stanford (8-1), and co-third place finishers No. 5 USC and No. 9 UC Irvine (6-3).
Lady Silverswords win on road at Hilo
Chaminade improved to 4-11 in PacWest play and 5-18 overall with a 74-67 victory over Hawaii-Hilo.
Brittnee Fonnesbeck scored a game-high 34 points, 19 of which came on free throws. She also collected 17 rebounds and three steals.
The Vulcans (6-18, 5-10) were led by Krystlelyn Omlan, who poured in 17 points, while teammates Amy Kaaiakamanu and Sheila Azevedo added 16 and 15 points, respectively.
Swimmers find success in NAIA meet
Jon Lau (Iolani '04) and Chris Ricketts (Mid-Pacific '04) each competed in three individual events and were on four relay teams in helping the Lindenwood (Mo.) Lions men finish second in the four-day NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at San Antonio.
Lau finish fifth in the 100-yard butterfly (50.79 second), fifth in the 200 butterfly (1:54.64) and 10th in the 200 individual medley (1:56.97).
Ricketts was ninth in three events, the 50 free (21.03), the 100 free (47.03) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.56). He also was on the fifth-place 400 free relay team.
Both junior swimmers were on the 200 free relay (third in 1:24.74), the 200 medley relay (fourth in 1:33.15) and the 400 medley relay (third in 3:25.28) teams.
Senior Erin Nakamoto (Kalani '03) and junior Mandy Chun (Iolani '04) participated for the Lindenwood women, who finished fourth.
In individual events, Nakamoto was second in the 100 fly (58.27), fourth in the 200 IM (2:12.16) and eighth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.39). She was on the 200 medley, 200 free and 400 medley relay teams that finished fourth and the fifth-place 400 free relay team.
Chun was 15th in the 400 IM (5:06.51) and on the eighth-place 800 free relay team.
Hashimoto finds net in Madrid
Duke Hashimoto scored his first goal for Major League Soccer's Real Salt Lake on Thursday, 13 minutes after entering an exhibition match. The match in Madrid against Spain's Rayo Vallencano ended 2-2, .
The goal came in the 76th minute when the Iolani and Southern Methodist graduate put a rebound into the net after the goalkeeper blocked a penalty kick.
Lady Sea Warriors bounce 'Swords
The HPU women's tennis team improved to 4-2 with an 8-1 victory over the Silverswords (0-6) at Central Oahu Regional Park.
Anastasyia Ageychik, Stephanie Bigom, Asako Nishikawa, Lauren Shin and Tinka Mihove all picked up singles wins.
Hawaii-Hilo falls again in baseball
The Vulcans dropped to 1-16 after visiting Grand Canyon (10-7) claimed the 7-3 victory.
Kaiana Trask picked up the loss after allowing three earned runs in just 1/3 innings of work.
David Chu led Hawaii-Hilo with two RBIs.