Rainbow Wahine advance at WAC
No. 13 Hawaii exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second inning and held on to beat Louisiana Tech 5-2 yesterday in the second round of the Western Athletic Conference softball tournament at Fresno State.
The Rainbow Wahine (46-9) advance to face the host Bulldogs today in the double-elimination tournament.
Yesterday, Louisiana Tech jumped out to a 2-0 lead and held the Wahine without a hit for the final four innings of play. But the Wahine defense held on.
Justine Smethurst went the distance for UH to collect her 17th win. She is 5-0 lifetime against Louisiana Tech.
UH's Wichmann defends title
Hawaii junior Annett Wichmann retained her Western Athletic Conference heptathlon title yesterday at the WAC outdoor track and field championships at Fresno State. Wichmann set a school record of 5,557 points to win the event for the second consecutive year.
The junior from Jena, Germany, broke her old record by 144 points. Her new score qualifies her for automatic entry in next month's NCAA championships.
Her 5,557 points is the 10th-best score in the nation this season.
UH's Mallory Gilbert also competed in the heptathlon and finished seventh.
After two days of competition the Rainbow Wahine stood in second place, behind team leader Idaho. The WAC championships run through the weekend.
UH athletes named academic All-WAC
Eight Hawaii student-athletes were honored yesterday when the Western Athletic Conference announced its annual academic All-WAC team. A total of 108 student-athletes earned the honor for this year's winter sports season.
Academic honorees must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 average and compete in 50 percent or more of their team's games.
The UH honorees are: Bobby Nash and Stephen Verwers, men's basketball; Brittany Grice, Amy Kotani, Amber Lee and Pam Tambini, women's basketball; and Mia Broden and Keli Sproat, swimming and diving.
» Hawaii softball third baseman Clare Warwick was named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 8 first team yesterday. The All-WAC first teamer carries a 3.8 grade-point average and is now eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team.
» Tami Binek (Waiakea '04), a redshirt sophomore on the Northern Arizona women's swimming was also named to the All-Western Athletic Conference winter academic team.
» Nicole Anderson (Iolani '05) has been named to the All-New England Small College Athletic Conference women's track and field team. The sophomore at Amherst earned her spot on the team by finishing third in the 10,000-meter run at the conference championships on April 28.
» Brown junior J.J. Eno, a Baldwin alumnus, has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I baseball team. He is a neuroscience concentrator and will go to medical school.
Vulcans shut out HPU in regional
Leo Sing Chow hit an RBI single to center to break a scoreless tie in the fifth inning and Haunani Haasenritter hit a solo homer in the sixth for insurance, as Hawaii-Hilo beat Hawaii Pacific 2-0 yesterday to advance at the NCAA Division II Softball West Region at Turlock, Calif.
The Vulcans play Seattle University in the second round today. Seattle beat the region's No. 1 seed Humboldt State 2-0.
Sarah Weisskopf got the win for the Vulcans.
» Sing Chow and Haasenritter were awarded Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II All-Region honors yesterday.
Pitcher/designated player Sing Chow was named to the first team as a designated player. Haasenritter was a second-team outfielder. Both are seniors.
UH ticket holders get camp discount
Hawaii men's basketball new and existing season-ticket holders will receive a $50 discount to the annual UH kids' summer basketball camp, head coach Bob Nash announced yesterday.
Nash and his staff will conduct three sessions per day June 8-13. The camps are open to kids ages 5-17. A parent-child session will be held on the last day of camp.
The final day for season-ticket renewals is May 18. Regular price for the camp is $150. For information, call 956-6501.
Osorio Gatorade soccer honoree
Star-Bulletin All-State player of the year Kekoa Osorio of Kamehameha has been named Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year.
Osorio helped the Warriors win the Interscholastic League of Honolulu regular-season title and was named ILH MVP. He also played on the United States Soccer Federation under-18 team.
He will play soccer at SMU next year.
UH-Hilo's Pollock wins Ashe award
Hawaii-Hilo tennis player Daniel Pollock has been awarded the National Division II Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Arthur Ashe Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship.
The Manchester, England, product has been named UH-Hilo's male athlete of the year and carries a 4.0 grade-point average.
» At Altamonte Springs, Fla., No. 1 Brigham Young-Hawaii beat Florida Southern 5-0 yesterday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II women's national tennis championship. The Seasiders improve to 31-0 for the season.
BYUH will play either No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State or No. 5 Valdosta State today -- the two teams resume a rain-delayed dual today.
» At Altamonte Springs, Fla., Hawaii Pacific's men's tennis team closed its season yesterday in the quarterfinals of the Division II tournament with a 5-2 loss to Lynn University. HPU is 14-5 for the year.
HPU's Henrik Bode finished his season with a 14-0 record in singles play.
HPU's women's team led Lynn 2-1 in Division II women's tournament play heading into a rain delay. The teams were scheduled to resume play today.
Scheibach local qualifying medalist
Mark Scheibach shot a 1-over 73 yesterday for medalist honors at the U.S. Open local qualifier at Poipu Bay Resort and Golf Club at Koloa, Kauai. The Bermuda Dunes, Calif., golfer now advances to the June 4 36-hole sectional qualifier at Murrieta, Calif. There are 13 sectional qualifiers in early June. The 2007 U.S. Open will be held June 14-17 at Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania.
James Kawaihalau of Lihue and Eric Gibbs of Fort Smith, Ark., were second and third alternates yesterday at Poipu in tough, windy conditions.
Scheibach has played professionally in the past but is now officially an amateur.
Rainbow Wahine 15th after first day
The Hawaii women's golf team shot a combined 313, good for 15th place yesterday at the opening round of the NCAA West Regional at St. George, Utah. It was the first round of NCAA tournament play in the history of Rainbow Wahine golf.
Xyra Suyetsugu and Corie Hou both shot 76s for the Wahine, good for a tie for 37th.
Stanford's Mari Chun (Kamehameha '05) and New Mexico State's Lehua Wise (Kauai '03) both shot 73s for a six-way tie for 17th. Idaho's Kelly Nakashima (Baldwin '04) was one stroke back, tied for 23rd.
Stanford led the team standings. Play continues through tomorrow.
Ageychik, Iacovelli win HPU awards
Women's tennis player Anastasyia Ageychik and men's cross-country runner Todd Iacovelli were named Scholar-Athletes of the Year last week at the Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warrior Athletics Award Banquet.
HPU baseball player Aaron Kent won the Sea Warrior Award for athletics and community service.
Dr. Stephen Berg was the winner of the Emma Mauz Super Fan Award. Recently retired soccer coach Frank Doyle was honored for his years of service.