UH ends up fourth in overall WAC race
Hawaii moved up a spot in the final Western Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup standings, placing fourth for the 2006-07 athletic year.
Led by the women's volleyball team's league championship, UH tallied 75.25 points among its 15 teams competing in the WAC.
UH was tied for fifth last year.
The WAC awards the Commissioner's Cup to the school the performs the best in each of the conference's 19 championships, with points awarded for a team's placement in each sport.
Nevada won its first Commissioner's Cup with 93.50 points, led by championships in men's golf, women's soccer, women's swimming and the regular-season men's basketball title.
The Rainbow Wahine volleyball team captured UH's lone WAC championship, while the softball team won the regular-season title. UH also benefited from second-place finishes in football, swimming and diving and men's golf.
Boise State, last year's Cup winner, was second in the standings with 86.50 points, followed by Fresno State with 76. Trailing Hawaii were Utah State (69.25), Idaho (62.50), San Jose State (62.25), New Mexico State (52.25) and Louisiana Tech (46.75).
All-academic in MPSF volleyball
Two University of Hawaii players and two island prep products were named yesterday to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation men's volleyball all-academic team.
Honored from the Warriors were senior co-captains Lauri Hakala, an opposite, and libero/outside hitter Eric Kalima. Also named were Cal State Northridge's Isaac Kneubuhl, a Kamehameha Schools graduate, and Pepperdine's Jon Grobe, a graduate of Iolani.
Hakala has a 3.72 grade-point average with a double major in speech communications and German. Kalima, a Kamehameha Schools product, has a 3.31 GPA in sociology.
Grobe, a senior hitter for the Waves, graduated last month with a degree in political science and a GPA of 3.20. Kneubuhl, a junior hitter/libero for the Matadors, has a 3.6 GPA in kinesiology.
Hernandez and Macdonald on All-WAC tourney team
Hawaii sophomore catcher Landon Hernandez and freshman outfielder Kevin Macdonald were named to the 11-member Western Athletic Conference all-tournament baseball team yesterday.
Hernandez went 4-for-12 with a double, two homers and seven RBIs. Macdonald was 6-for-12 with six runs driven in.
Fresno State outfielder Brian Lapin was tournament MVP after leading the Bulldogs to the championship by going 7-for-17 with 14 RBIs and five home runs. He hit three homers in FSU's 17-4 victory over host Nevada for the championship on Sunday.
San Jose State first baseman Ryan Angel, Nevada second baseman David Ciarlo, San Jose State shortstop Kyle Bellows, Nevada third baseman Jason Rodriguez, Fresno State outfielder Loren Storey, Nevada designated hitter Shaun Kort, Fresno State starting pitcher Clayton Allison and Nevada relief pitcher Matt Renfree complete the team.
Sumo legends to sign autographs
Hawaii sumo legends Musashimaru and Azumazeki (formerly Takamiyama, Jesse Kuhaulua) will make public autograph appearances over the next several days to promote the upcoming 2007 Hawaii Grand Sumo Tournament.
Retired Yokozuna Musashimaru, a Waianae alumnus, will sign autographs Saturday at Marukai Wholesale Market at 11 a.m. and on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Don Quixote on Kaheka Street.
Azumazeki, originally from Maui, is famous as a sumo pioneer who became the first foreigner to win a tournament. He will appear at Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center Wednesday, June 6, at 11:30 a.m.
The Hawaii Grand Sumo Tournament is June 9-10 at Blaisdell Arena. For information, call 946-1039.
Pochereva in fourth at sailing nationals
Will Pochereva of Kailua was part of the UC Irvine crew that was in fourth place after yesterday's first day of the ICSA/Gil Coed Dinghy National Sailing Championships at Annapolis, Md.
Pochereva, a Punahou School graduate, and Whitney Loufek of California teamed to score 40 points. The UCI sailors trail Dartmouth (31), Yale (37) and Stanford (39) after seven races in the B Division.
Overall, UCI leads the 18-school competition with 72 points. Brown is second at 84.
The competition continues through tomorrow.
Jones, Warriors preview season in video
Hawaii head football coach June Jones and current Warrior players make their acting debut in the "June Jones and the Magic Temple" video, a preview of upcoming season, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 15 at the Magic of Polynesia Theater in Waikiki.
"It was great for our staff and players to work with John Hirokawa and the Magic of Polynesia," Jones said in a press release. "John found a creative way to integrate our team and the Warrior into his show that will be exciting for everyone to see."
The event is a fundraiser for the Na Koa Football Club with proceeds funding summer school tuition for athletes. Tickets are $125 and include two tickets to the UH football season opener.
Tickets can be purchased online at etickethawaii.com or through the UH ticket office at 944-2697. Tables with premium seating are available at $1,250, $2,000, and $3,000 levels and can be reserved by calling 535-8532.
The theater is located at the Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber Hotel.
Youth, adult volleyball camps at UH
Hawaii men's volleyball coach Mike Wilton and current and former players will hold summer camps for youth and adult players next month at the Stan Sheriff Center and UH gyms.
The youth camps are for boys and girls, fourth grade through graduating high school seniors, of all skill levels. Camp 1 is July 9-12 and Camp 2 July 17-20 with all sessions from 1-5 p.m.
The adult camp is scheduled for July 16-20 and open to men and women of all skill levels. Sessions are 6-9 p.m.
The cost is $150 per camper. Group rates are available.
For more information, call Doug Hussey at 956-9122 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms are available at is www.hawaiiathletics.com/camps.html