UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII SPORTS
3 named Bonham award winners
Volleyball player Kanoe Kamana'o, basketball player Brittany Grice and baseball player Mark Rodrigues are this year's winners of the Jack Bonham Award for University of Hawaii athletes.
Normally there are two winners -- a male and a female who represent the school well athletically, academically and in the community -- but the women's vote ended in a tie between Kamana'o, a four-time All-American, and Grice, a two-time Western Athletic Conference all-defensive team member.
Rodrigues is a top pitcher on the team and is currently 7-2 with a 3.25 earned-run average.
Kamana'o was cited for her volunteering and coaching with children and speaking engagements at high schools, while Grice is a member of the UH student government and student-athlete advisory committee. Rodrigues makes regular visits to the Shriner's Hospital and serves as counselor at several baseball camps.
The award -- considered to be the most prestigious in the UH athletic department -- is named after the late assistant athletic director, who died in a plane crash in American Samoa on a return from a recruiting trip in 1974.
Other winners include Chad Owens (football), Michael Kuebler (basketball) and Melissa Villaroman (volleyball).