Warriors movin' on up
The Hawaii men's volleyball team made a move up in yesterday's Top 15, riding its 10-match winning streak one place to No. 9. But it's nothing compared to the move the Warriors' quarterfinal Saturday at No. 3 UC Irvine had to make.
Instead of playing in the 5,000-seat Bren Events Center -- where Hawaii was swept 3-0 twice to open the season -- the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament match has been moved to cozy Crawford Gym (capacity 1,200).
Think Klum Gym. Think irony. Playing in Bren Saturday is the entertainment at the UCI Hawaii club's annual luau.
Soejima also a winner in Boston
Two-time defending Honolulu Marathon wheelchair division champion Masazumi Soejima won the wheelchair race at the 111th Boston Marathon yesterday. Soejima, 36, of Japan, set course records the last two years at Honolulu (1 hour, 29 minutes, 22 seconds in 2006 and 1:30:32 in 2005). He finished the Boston course in 1:29:15.
Krige Schabort, the only wheelchair member in the Honolulu Marathon Hall of Fame, placed second in 1:36:27.
Lyman Perry of Volcano was Hawaii's top finisher. He placed 528th overall in 2:54:30. Shelley Grisbrook of Kailua was Hawaii's top women's runner, placing 1,553rd overall in 3:07:04.
Wahine soccer team signs 5 recruits
Hawaii soccer coach Pinsoom Tenzing announced the signing of five players to national letters of intent yesterday.
Local players joining the program this fall are Chelsea Deptula, a midfielder from Punahou, and Star-Bulletin Player of the Year Mari Punzal, a defender/midfielder from Kamehameha.
Laura Euers is Tenzing's second-ever recruit from Australia. The midfielder/striker is from Churchpoint, New South Wales.
The mainland recruits are Nicole McClure, a goalkeeper from Benjamin N. Cordoza High in Queens, N.Y., and Nicole Mikula, a midfielder/striker from Council Rock North High in Richboro, Pa.
"This is perhaps our best recruiting class we've ever had," Tenzing said. "We've added size, quickness and soccer savvy to the program. We've picked up a Top 150 recruit (Mikula), a superb goalkeeper, an exceptional international player and two local kids we really wanted. We expect them all to make an immediate impact, depending on how hard they train this summer."
Schroeder to speak at luncheon
Former NFL quarterback Jay Schroeder will speak at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hawaii quarterly luncheon on Thursday in downtown Honolulu.
The luncheon runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Schroeder played 11 NFL seasons with the Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins. He started 10 games for the Redskins in 1987, when they went on to win the Super Bowl.
For the luncheon's location and more information, call 946-1300.
Rebels sweep Seasiders in softball
Dixie State swept Brigham Young-Hawaii 11-6 and 11-1 in softball yesterday at Laie.
The Rebels took the lead for good in the first game with six runs in the sixth.
Holly Bjork's bases-loaded double was one of the first-game highlights for the Seasiders, who only got four hits in the second game.
BYUH honored its lone senior, Clairissa Bruce, after the second contest, which was the team's last home game of the season. Bruce, the Seasiders' starting center fielder and lead-off hitter, is batting .299 with one homer.
Football combine coming up
Hawaii Athletes in Action will be holding its first football combine at Aloha Stadium on Saturday.
The event is free for athletes in the classes of 2008 and 2009 as long as they register in advance.
A certified SPARQ rating will be issued in vertical leap, 185-pound bench press, 40-yard dash and pro agility shuttle with the results to be distributed to college coaches by the National Collegiate Scouting Association.
Call 222-2822 or 630-5659 for more information or visit www.haia808.org.