Ishii to defend Mid-Pac title
Defending champion David Ishii is expected to defend his title at the 49th Mid-Pac Open on April 18 at the Mid-Pacific Country Club.
Also scheduled to play in the four-day tournament are teen sensation Tadd Fujikawa, three-time Mid-Pac Open winner Regan Lee and Mid-Pacific Country Club pros Mark Sousa, Joe Phengsavath and Tim Miller.
"We are looking forward to another excellent Mid-Pacific Open and confirm the club's commitment to the quality of this event," said Mid-Pacific Open Tournament Chairman Mike Kawaharada.
This year's field should also include past champions Casey Nakama (1996), Brandan Kop ('95), Beau Yokomoto (2000) and John Lynch ('05).
Higa powers Crusaders
After cancer claimed his mother's life in 2000, Daniel Higa Jr. found solace in a strong family life and in baseball, the game his parents taught him as a child.
Now the starting second baseman for the Saint Louis Crusaders, Higa is hitting over .400 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu this season, and the memory of his mother remains a source of motivation for him.
Hawaii edges UCSB in water polo
Sophomore utility Kelly Mason scored three goals and junior keeper Meike De Nooy made 15 saves as No. 4 Hawaii held off No. 12 UC Santa Barbara 7-6 in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo match yesterday at the Gauchos' pool.
Mason scored three consecutive goals to help the Rainbow Wahine take a 4-1 halftime lead. Hawaii expanded the margin to 7-3 early in the fourth, then survived a late flurry of goals by UCSB.
The Wahine improved to 12-8 overall and 8-3 in the MPSF. The Gauchos fell to 13-15 and 2-6.
Hawaii finishes the regular season at Cal State Northridge tomorrow and has nonconference matches Saturday against Cal Baptist and Hartwick.
The MPSF tournament is April 26-29 at Arizona State.
Rainbow Warriors win second straight
Hawaii snapped Azusa Pacific's 20-match winning streak in men's tennis with a 4-3 victory yesterday at the UH Tennis Complex.
Sascha Heinemann, Andreas Weber, and Chad Faulk triumphed on the singles courts for UH.
Weber and Heinemann clinched the overall win by pulling out a 9-7 decision at the No. 1 doubles court. It was the Rainbow Warriors' second win in a row. They improved to 6-10, and the Cougars fell to 21-2.
Vulcans take third at Chico Invitational
Hawaii-Hilo's women's golf team finished in a tie for third at the Inter West Insurance Invitational at the Butte Creek Country Club in Chico, Calif.
Kiilani Matsuyoshi led the Vulcans with rounds of 78 and 77 to finish in fourth place, and the team's mark of 315-326--641 was seven strokes behind the University of Victoria (634). Host Cal State Chico finished in second at 640.