Hayashi takes over at Mid-Pac
Kevin Hayashi seized the lead of the Mid-Pacific Open entering today's final round after firing a sizzling 5-under 67 yesterday.
Darren Summers shot a par-72 to maintain his runner-up position at one stroke back (215), while Hayashi tied for low-round honors for the tournament. Chad Saladin also shot a 67 on Thursday and sits three strokes removed in fifth place.
Oahu Country Club's Andrew Feldmann dropped out of the lead after shooting an 8-over 80. He had played the tournament at 3 under the first two days.
Casey Watabu remained at the top of the championship flight with a 73 and 221 for the tournament, four strokes ahead of Bradley Shigezawa.
Lajola out before Easter Bowl final
Aiea's Dennis Lajola was edged by Rhyne Williams 6-3, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) in the semifinals of the Easter Bowl yesterday.
It is the farthest Lajola has advanced in a tournament since reaching the final of the ITF Bangkok Metropolitan last month, when he made it to the final before losing.
Lajola reached the final at the Easter Bowl last year before losing to Donald Young in straight sets.
More honors for ex-Hawaii stars
The names of Yuval Katz and Costas Theocharidis dot the record book for Hawaii volleyball, leading or at the top of numerous categories.
The two All-Americans also share the distinction of being the only Warriors to be honored as the national newcomer of the year as well as national player of the year, and both had large roles in getting Hawaii to the final four.
The pair now share something else. They were named to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation 15th anniversary second team, announced this week by the conference.
Katz, who played just two seasons for the Warriors, was the American Volleyball Coaches Association newcomer for 1995 and shared the AVCA national player of 1996 with UCLA setter Stein Metzger, a Punahou graduate. Metzger was also named to the second team.
Theocharidis was AVCA's newcomer of 2000 and the player of the year for both 2001 and 2003.
Named to the first team was Punahou graduate Mike Lambert, an opposite at Stanford from 1994 to '97.
Hawaii runners score at NWC meet
Jonathan Peralto (Hilo '03), a senior, finished fourth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.90 seconds to help the Linfield Wildcats win the Northwest Conference track and field championship men's title yesterday.
Willamette sophomore Sascha Larsen-Helbing (Hawaii Prep '05) contributed to the Bearcats' title-winning point total. She came in fifth in the 200-meter dash (26.95) and seventh in the 400 (1:00.46). Larsen-Helbing also ran the third leg on the Bearcats' 4x400 relay team that won with a time of 3:53.20.
Kelly Higa (Iolani '04) also accounted for points yesterday. The Puget Sound junior took fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.19), ran the third leg on the Loggers' fifth-place 4x100 relay team and led off on the fourth-place 4x400 relay team (4:08.74).
Wallace to speak at QB Club meeting
Riley Wallace, the winningest coach in University of Hawaii basketball history, will be honored in a celebration being called "Farewell to Coach Riley" at the Honolulu Quarterback Club meeting tomorrow.
Guest speakers will include new Hawaii men's basketball head coach Bob Nash, Jim Leahey, Bobby Curran, Jackson Wheeler, Alika Smith, Bob Wagner, Artie Wilson, Melody Toth and Joan Wallace.
The event is at the Pagoda Hotel Main Ballroom at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the general public.
Monden earns top-10 diving finish
St. Andrew's Priory alumnus Aleia Monden finished 10th in the finals of the women's 10-meter event yesterday at the Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships.
She finished with a score of 245.30.
UH frosh places ninth in Pan Am trials
Hawaii freshman Emma Friesen placed ninth overall in the 3-meter springboard event at the Canadian Pan American Games Trials yesterday in Vancouver, B.C.
Friesen finished with a score of 489.30. World champion and Olympic medalist Blythe Hartley won with a score of 678.15.
Murray makes season-best throw
Hawaii senior Novelle Murray launched the discus a season-best 178 feet, 10 inches on the final day of the UC San Diego Triton Invitational yesterday in La Jolla, Calif.
Junior Chantelle Laan placed 10th in the 1,500-meter run and placed fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase race with a personal-best time of 11:14.88.
The Rainbow Wahine return home to host the fifth and final Sunset Meet on May 5 at Cooke Field.