Gatorade soccer honors to Punzal
Kamehameha senior midfielder Mari Punzal, the Star-Bulletin's All-State player of the year in girls soccer, yesterday added the Gatorade state honor to her résumé.
Punzal had 15 goals and nine assists to help the Warriors to an 11-0-2 record and their second straight state title. Punzal, who missed most of the two previous season with torn ACLs, scored the match-winning goal in the 2-1 victory over Kapolei.
"Her stature and strength balance out a perfect combination of physicality and grace," Kamehameha coach Michele Nagamine said.
Punzal, who intends to play soccer at Hawaii next season, is one of 51 players eligible for the national award.
Iolani No. 1 seed in girls water polo
Iolani makes its state-tournament debut as the top seed in the fourth Local Motion/Hawaii High School Athletic Association Girls Water Polo State Championships today.
The Raiders (7-1), the lone Interscholastic League of Honolulu representatives, face unseeded Kamehameha-Hawaii (8-2) in today's 5 p.m. finale at the Veterans' Memorial Aquatic Center at Central Oahu Regional Park.
Seeded No. 2 is Kahuku (12-0) of the Oahu Interscholastic Association. Hawaii Prep (10-0), the Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion, is the third seed followed by Maui Interscholastic League winner Lahainaluna (8-0), the fourth seed.
The Lunas will open the competition against Kapolei today at 1:15. HPA takes on Roosevelt at 2:30, followed by the 3:45 matchup between Kahuku and Leilehua.
Four matches are scheduled tomorrow beginning at 1:15 p.m., with four more set for Saturday starting at 10:15 a.m.. The championship game is slated for 2 p.m.
Wichmann leading WAC heptathlon
Hawaii junior Annett Wichmann opened defense of her Western Athletic Conference heptathlon with a school-record first-day performance yesterday at Fresno, Calif.
The German national won the high jump and shot put, was second in the 100-meter hurdles and was fourth in the 200-meter dash for 3,337 points. Her high jump of 5 feet, 10 inches was a personal best.
Utah's Carrie Yost was a distant second at 3,129, followed by Idaho's Molly Burt at 3,005. Rainbow Wahine senior Mallory Gilbert was in sixth at 2.765, eight points off her first-day personal best.
Wichmann set both the UH first-day (3,200) and overall (5,413) records at the Mt. SAC Heptathlon earlier this season.
The heptathlon concludes today. Preliminaries for the remaining events are tomorrow with the finals Saturday.
BYUH women win in NCAA II tennis
The top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team opened its NCAA Division II title defense with a 5-0 victory yesterday over Emporia State at Altamonte Springs, Fla.
The Seasiders (3-0) advanced to today's quarterfinal against Florida Southern. Due to rain, only five of yesterday's nine matches were played; BYUH was leading the remaining four when play was stopped.
» Also yesterday, Hawaii Pacific won both openers in men's and women's tennis at the D-II championship tournament. The Sea Warriors men defeated Washburn 5-1 and the Sea Warriors women shut out Northwest Missouri State 5-0.
Regional softball honors for HPU duo
Hawaii Pacific freshmen Sherise Musquiz and Tajia Acierto were named to the Daktronics All-West Region second team in softball yesterday.
Musquiz, a pitcher from Pico Riviera, Calif., was 14-8 for the Sea Warriors with a 1.42 ERA and 59 strikeouts. Acierto, a Kapolei High product, played primarily in center field, hitting .360.
HPU opens NCAA Division II West Region Tournament play today against Hawaii-Hilo at Cal State Stanislaus.
Vulcans golfers last at regional
LAKEWOOD, Colo. » Logan Goulding finished tied for 22nd place as the Hawaii-Hilo men's golf team ended its season in last place at the NCAA Division II West Regional yesterday at the Fox Hollow Golf Course.
The Vulcans carded a 297--902 in the seven-team field. The event was won by Cal State San Bernardino (841). Goulding had a final-round of 74--220.