Oakland's Kurt Suzuki was congratulated by third base coach Rene Lachemann after Suzuki hit his first major league home run yesterday. CLICK FOR LARGE
Suzuki gets first homer in MLB
OAKLAND, Calif. » Baldwin High School graduate and Oakland A's rookie catcher Kurt Suzuki hit his first major league home run in a losing effort last night as the Reds beat the A's 5-2.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 582nd career home run and 19th of the season for the Reds.
Reds reliever Todd Coffey gave up Suzuki's solo shot in the eighth. Suzuki is batting .444 in nine at-bats since being called up from the minor leagues June 10. It was his second start for Oakland.
Kamana'o up for Woman of Year
Hawaii All-American setter Kanoe Kamana'o has been chosen to represent the Western Athletic Conference for the 2007 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which acknowledges a senior's achievements in areas of service, leadership, athletics and academics. The award will be announced Oct. 27.
Kamana'o, a 2003 Iolani graduate, helped the Rainbow Wahine to four WAC volleyball titles, was the WAC Player of the Year three consecutive seasons and is just the 15th player to receive All-America honors four times in AVCA history. She is the UH and WAC career leader in assists.
WAC extends Benson's contract
The Western Athletic Conference extended the contract of commissioner Karl Benson through June 30, 2010. Benson has led the WAC since 1994.
The conference also announced Idaho president Tim White will be WAC chair of the board of directors for 2007-08, replacing Hawaii-Manoa chancellor Denise Konan. Konan's term ends July 1 and she is leaving UH.
Toriano signs with HPU softball
Kozy Toriano, a four-time All-Big Island Interscholastic Federation selection out of Kamehameha-Hawaii, has signed to play softball for Hawaii Pacific.
Toriano was primarily a catcher for the Warriors, where she was the BIIF Player of the Year as a junior.
Inaugural Junior Cup set for Waikoloa
The inaugural USA Hawaii-Japan Junior Cup, an event that will feature 36 of the top young golfers from Hawaii and Japan, is scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at the Waikoloa Beach Resort's Kings' Course.
Intended to become an annual fundraising event for the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association and Japan High School Golf Association, the Cup will be hosted at the Kings' Course this year and next year before beginning a rotation between Japan and Hawaii in 2009. The tournament will be played Ryder Cup-style and will be open to boys and girls ages 13 to 18.