IAAF bans Denisova for 2 years
Honolulu Marathon women's champion Lyubov Denisova was given a two-year ban by the International Association of Athletics Federations yesterday.
Denisova, who broke the course record in 2 hours, 27 minutes and 19 seconds in December, was punished for testing positive for prostanozol testosterone. The drug is a steroid which increases lean mass and endurance.
Denisova's agent said she bought a vitamin supplement online and did not realize it contained a banned substance. Denisova will not be eligible to complete in sanctioned events until April of 2009.
Honolulu Marathon president Jim Barahal says she will not be invited to run in his event as an elite runner after that, but that she can enter as a regular runner, as she did last year.
Barahal has also promised that his race will test for drugs next year for the first time since 2000.
USA Volleyball rosters dotted with Hawaii players
Stanford freshman Kawika Shoji and Punahou senior Spencer McLachlin have been named to the roster of the U.S. Junior National Training Team, two of the 15 Hawaii athletes and one coach selected for six USA Volleyball teams this summer.
Shoji, a setter, and McLachlin, an outside hitter heading to Stanford this fall, begin the tryout process June 15 at the USA Olympic Training Center at Lake Placid, N.Y. The junior national team will compete at the Junior World Championships, July 7-16, in Morocco.
University of Hawaii associate coach Tino Reyes is the head coach of the Boys Youth National Team that will compete at the World Championships, Aug. 15-26, in Mexico. Vying for spots are Academy of the Pacific senior Tri Bourne, Punahou junior Erik Shoji and Iolani junior Brad Lawson. The three begin tryouts July 24 at the OTC in Chula Vista, Calif.
Attending the Boys Select A1 Camp are Iolani sophomore Taylor Donovan and Kenneth Rewick, a sophomore at Mid-Pacific. The team trains at Fort Lauderdale, Fla., before competing at the U.S. High Performance Championships.
The Boys Select A2 Team will also train at Fort Lauderdale and compete at the High Performance Championships. Named to the training camp squad are Chandler Kaaa from Hilo and Nicolaas Schenk of Kamuela.
Wendland tops local U.S. Open qualifiers
Former UH-Hilo golfer Alva Wendland shot a 69 on the Waikoloa Kings Course yesterday to advance to the U.S. Open sectional qualifier.
Wendland beat Mark Morrison of Holualoa by a stroke and is now eligible to play in sectional qualifying for the U.S. Open in June.
Sean Maekawa of Paauilo was the second alternate with a 71 on the 7,074-yard Kings Course.
2 Crusaders at Adidas camp
Saint Louis School juniors Ryan Eastman and Tui Tuiasosopo participated in Saturday's Adidas Elite Invitational football camp at UCLA.
The two were the only Hawaii players among the 450 who were put through agility, position-specific and 1-on-1 drills. Eastman is a linebacker and defensive tackle for the Crusaders and Tuiasosopo is an offensive lineman.
Kiriu, Yamaguchi earn NWC honors
Shaun Kiriu (Punahou '04) has been named to the All-Northwest Conference baseball second team as a utility player. The junior infielder hit .276 and was 10-for-11 in stolen bases.
Grant Yamaguchi (Mid-Pacific '03), a senior outfielder at Willamette, was an honorable-mention choice. He hit .296 and was second for the Bearcats with 40 hits and 57 total bases.
UH officials on ethics in sports panel
Hawaii athletic director Herman Frazier, Warriors football coach June Jones and Rainbow Wahine volleyball coach Dave Shoji are the panelist for the May 22 discussion on "Ethics in College Sports" hosted by the UH Shidler College of Business and William S. Richardson School of Law.
UH Ethics instructor Will K. Weinstein will serve as moderator. Also on the panel are City College of San Francisco football coach and athletic director George Rush
The event, open to the public at no charge, begins at 6 p.m. at the UH School of Architecture Auditorium. Parking is $3.
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Hannemann Basketball Jamboree set
Top female prep basketball players will highlight the Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree on Saturday at Manoa Gym.
Eight teams of high school and former collegiate players will play, including Nani Cockett, Jazzmin Awa-Williams, Ta Nitra Byrd, Lynette Liu and Analee Viena-Lota. There will also be a keiki competition, with 16 teams in two divisions.
The games run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no admission charged.