UH's Murray, Sheppard honored
The University of Hawaii's Novelle Murray and Emily Sheppard were selected to the All-West Region team by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association yesterday.
Murray, a senior, finished second in the discus at last week's NCAA West Regional at Eugene, Ore. She, along with teammate Annett Wichmann, will represent UH in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Sacramento next week.
Sheppard, a two-time high jump WAC champion, placed seventh in the regionals.
Morgado caps stellar career
Matt Morgado, a Kamehameha Schools graduate, ended his career at Whittier College by being picked to the NCAA All-West Region third team.
Morgado, a senior designated hitter, was the Poets' 2007 offensive most valuable player. He led the team with a .395 batting average, .623 slugging percentage and 24 RBIs.
ABA tries return to Hawaii
The American Basketball Association announced it is trying a a return to Hawaii for the upcoming season.
A Hawaii team played two games in Laie two years ago before folding.
"Hawaii has always been supportive of an ABA team," said Joe Newman, the league CEO. "The problem has been the cost of transportation to and from the mainland. That problem has been solved with a major airlines sponsorship ..."
The team will be owned and operated by Hawaii Basketball, Inc. The team president will be Andrew Moss.
Hawaii Pacific signs 2 players
Hawaii Pacific signed two soccer recruits yesterday, according to women's team coach Mark Kane.
Kristine Lite and Kayleigh Paulin will play for the Sea Warriors this fall.
Lite was a two-time all-state striker for Highland High in Albuquerque, N.M.
Paulin was an OIA East All-Star at Kalaheo her senior year. Prior to that, she was the Most Valuable Defender of the DeAnza League while playing for Twentynine Palms High in California.
Pochereva helps Anteaters in sailing
Will Pochereva of Kailua is part of the UC Irvine coed sailing team that is in third place at the ICSA/Gill Coed National Championship going into the final of three days of the event at Annapolis, Md.
Pochereva sails with Whitney Loufek of Newport Harbor, Calif., in the B Division.
The team is 16 points behind first-place College of Charleston.
Aloha State Games start today
The 17th annual Aloha State Games start today with competition in youth basketball.
Approximately 2,200 Hawaii residents are expected to participate in 21 sports during June and July.
For more information, log on to alohastategames.org.