Kono clinches Canon Cup for West
Honolulu's Stephanie Kono assured the West team of a third straight Canon Cup title with her victory over Isabelle Lendl of Florida yesterday at The Honors Course in Ooitewah, Tenn.
Kono, an incoming senior at Punahou, gave the West the decisive point with a 7-and-5 win over Lendl. Her team, which included Hawaii's Kimberly Kim and Ayaka Kaneko, won 27-23.
Kim edged Lindy Duncan of Florida 2 and 1, while Kaneko defeated Courtney Ellenbogen of Virginia 4 and 3. Kaneko (4-0), an incoming senior at Sacred Hearts, and Big Island native Kim (3-0-1) were among four West players who went undefeated in the three-day event.
Winter Baseball schedule announced
The Hawaii Winter Baseball professional league will return to the neighbor islands this season, playing six games on Maui and six on the Big Island, according to league officials.
The remainder of the 40-game schedule will be played at Hans L'Orange Field. The season opens Sept. 29 with a doubleheader between the West Oahu CaneFires against the North Shore Honu at 3 p.m. followed by the game between the Honolulu Sharks and Waikiki BeachBoys.
The Maui games will be played at Iron Maehara Stadium in Wailuku and Francis Wong Stadium is the site of the Big Island contests.
Also on the schedule is a USA vs. Asia exhibition on Nov. 6. The league championship is scheduled Nov. 19.
The Web site is www.hawaiiwinterbaseball.com
Kahumoku-Olteanu to Korea for tryout
Hawaii All-American Lily Kahumoku-Olteanu is heading to Korea Sunday for a tryout with the Korea Highway Corporation women's volleyball team, one of the top teams in the Korea Professional Volleyball League.
Kahumoku-Olteanu spent the past few three playing for Altamura in the Italian A1 league. She married Bogdan Olteanu, the captain of the Romanian men's national volleyball team, July 21 in Honolulu.
"After playing in Russia and Italy, I'm looking forward to seeing what Asia has to offer," said Kahumoku-Olteanu, ranked No. 3 on the Rainbow Wahine career list for kills (1,822).
Herring stars, but USA loses
Hawaii's Kanani Herring had a match-high 15 kills, but it wasn't enough as the USA Under-18 team lost to China 3-1 in a FIVB World Girls Youth pool play match in Mexicali, Mexico, yesterday.
Herring (Kamehameha '08) added three blocks in the 25-21, 25-22, 20-25, 25-23 loss. Sydney Yogi (Punahou '08) started at libero; no defensive statistics were available.
The U.S. (1-2) finished third in its pool and drop into the consolation bracket of the 16-nation tournament.