Icon show announced for March 31
New Icon Sport world middleweight champion Frank "twinkletoes" Trigg (15-5) will defend his title for the first time against former champion "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler (13-4) in the main event of Icon Sport: Epic, Saturday, March 31st at the Blaisdell Arena.
Trigg, who has enjoyed major success since moving up to 185 pounds from 170, is now the 7th-ranked middleweight in the world, according to the latest ranking released by mmaweekly.com. Trigg defeated 2006 PRIDE welterweight grand prix champion Kazuo Misaki by unanimous decision two weeks ago on a Pride show in Vegas while Lawler is coming off a TKO victory against Eduardo Pamplona in the main event of an International Fight League event a night earlier.
Jason "Mayhem" Miller (17-5) will take on Hector Urbina (8-2) in his first fight since the Trigg loss and Charuto will square off with undefeated Lars Harven. The state lightweight title (160 pounds) will be up for grabs as Marshall Harvest fights Justin Bucholz and Po'ai Suganuma (6-1) will make his long-awaited ICON debut.
Tickets ranging from $35-150 are on sale at ticketmaster.com, all Times supermarkets, and the Blaisdell Box Office. A preview show for the event will air Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on KFVE.
Nakajima takes early lead
Defending champion Toru Nakajima fired a 3-under 68 to take a three-shot lead after the first round of the Hawaii State Amateur Stroke Play Championship yesterday at Pearl Country Club.
Brandan Kop, who was runner-up to Nakajima last year, and Shuichi Udagawa are tied for second. Kapaa's Casey Watabu and Honolulu's Chan Kim are tied for fourth, four shots back. The tournament runs through Sunday.
Weatherby one of PacWest's best
UH-Hilo forward Karen Weatherby was selected the co-Pacific West Conference women's soccer player of the year yesterday as voted on by league coaches.
The junior from Arroyo Grande, Calif., led the Vulcans with 12 goals and 27 total points and scored a school-record three goals against Bethany University.
Teammate Kelly White was selected to the first team. The freshman led the team with nine assists and second in goals scored with, six while playing just 13 games.
Junior Healani Leite-Ah Yo was named to the second team.
UH-Hilo ranked 16th in softball
Sporting an 18-2 record and eight starters who bat over .300, the UH-Hilo softball team was ranked 16th in the most recent National Fastpitch Coaches Association poll.
The Vulcans will face Notre Dame de Namur in a pair of PacWest doubleheaders today and tomorrow at noon at the UHH softball field.
Vulcans destroy Chicago State
Ryan Taiarioal homered and drove in three runs and 13 different Vulcans recorded RBIs as UH-Hilo pounded Chicago State 18-3 yesterday at Wong Stadium.
Clayton Uyechi recorded his first win of the season, giving up just three hits and one run in six innings while striking out eight as the Vulcans improved to 5-16 for the season.