Gatorade honors to McLachlin
Punahou School senior Spencer McLachlin, headed to Stanford to play volleyball, yesterday was named the Gatorade Hawaii State Player of the Year for boys basketball.
The 6-foot-7 center averaged 13.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 blocks a game for the Buffanblu (24-4), who won their first Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship since 1999 and finished second at last month's state tournament.
McLachlin is one of 51 athletes eligible for the national award which will be announced later this month.
UH quiet on coach search
The work around the Hawaii basketball offices continues even as the search for a new coach quietly plays out.
Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier returned from the Final Four in Atlanta on Tuesday and declined comment on the status of the search yesterday.
The school received more than 70 applications for the position and a five-member advisory committee was announced last week. Frazier has said he hoped to name a coach the week after the Final Four, which ended with Monday's championship game.
Among those awaiting word on the search is UH associate coach Bob Nash, who hasn't been contacted for an interview as yet. During the process, the current coaches continue to work to keep the returning Rainbow Warriors on track in the classroom and in their preparation for next season.
The situation also has the program in a holding pattern in recruiting. The team didn't sign any players during the fall period and will have at least three scholarships to offer when the spring signing period opens on Wednesday.
McClean inducted into Hall
Former Kapalua playing pro and tournament director Dick McClean, 61, is the 60th inductee voted into the Hawaii Golf Hall of Fame, the Aloha Section PGA announced yesterday.
The six-time Aloha Section PGA Player of the Year and former tournament director of the Lincoln-Mercury Kapalua International will be honored April 30 at a dinner ceremony at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. McClean's induction kicks off the 2007 Hall of Fame Championship tournament May 5-7 at Kapalua's Plantation Course.
In the 1990s McClean had a role in revitalizing the Hawaii State Open, which he won twice. He also won the Maui Open four times and the Aloha Section PGA Championship five times. He now lives in La Quinta, Calif.
Hawaii at No. 4 in water polo poll
Hawaii moved up to a tie for No. 4 in yesterday's National Collegiate Women's Water Polo Top 20, released yesterday. After beating former No. 4 California on Saturday, the Rainbow Wahine moved up three spots from last week.
Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams take up nine of the top 10 spots.
Stanford, UCLA and USC remain the top three teams this week.
The Rainbow Wahine (11-8, 7-3 MPSF) are off this week.
» Elizabeth Alonzo (Hilo '05) has been selected the co-Collegiate Water Polo Association Northern Division player of the week.
The sophomore at Hartwick College was the goalie as the Hawks beat Gannon 18-2 last Friday. Alonzo limited one of the top-10 scoring teams in the country to two goals. She was credited with a career-high 18 saves, recorded two steals and assisted on two Hawks goals.
The following day, Alonzo played the field and totaled five goals, one assist and four steals as Hartwick (18-7) posted victories over Queens College (12-3) and Utica (12-1).
Lions shut out Wahine in tennis
Loyola Marymount shut out Hawaii (4-13) yesterday in Los Angeles, opening a three-match women's tennis road trip with a 7-0 loss.
Two Rainbow Wahine singles matches went to super tiebreakers before the Lions won out.
UH continues its road trip tomorrow at Cal Poly.