Hawaii Pacific signs JC transfer
The Hawaii Pacific University basketball team has signed Eric Wahlander, a 6-foot-10, 260-pound transfer from Yuba College in California.
Wahlander is originally from Sweden and will have three years of eligibility remaining after redshirting at Yuba.
Houston's Ching kicks in a winner
HOUSTON » Kamehmeha product Brian Ching scored in the first half and the Houston Dynamo went on to defeat FC Dallas 1-0 yesterday and retake the lead in the Western Conference.
It was Houston's league-leading 10th shutout of the season and gave the Dynamo a one-point lead in the conference standings. Houston (11-7-4) had lost two straight in MLS play after an 11-game unbeaten streak.
Ching, who leads the team in goals with seven, scored in the 44th minute. Brian Mullan kicked a long pass from outside the box on the right into the middle where Ching punched it in from 3 yards out.
UH signs Chinese post player
The Hawaii basketball team finalized its roster for the 2007-08 season with the signing of 6-foot-10 post player Ji Xiang from Zhengzhou, China.
Ji joins the program as a freshman having attended the United States Basketball Academy in Oregon, run by former UH coach Bruce O'Neil, for the past two years. He also attended the Nike All-Asia Camp last summer, where former UH guard Jarinn Akana served as a coach.
Ji bolsters a Rainbow Warrior front line that returns three seniors in 6-11 center Stephen Verwers and 6-8 forwards P.J. Owsley and Alex Veit. The Rainbows also signed forwards Paul Campbell (6-10), Adhar Mayen (6-7) and Bill Amis (6-8).
"We're very fortunate to be able to get a player of Ji's ability so late," UH head coach Bob Nash said. "I saw him play in a tournament in Houston this summer and he impressed me with his style of play. He fits the mode of a multi-dimensional player we're looking for -- he can score on the perimeter as well as with his back to the basket. He's more athletic than one might think and we're very excited about his potential."
Ji's signing brings the total number of UH newcomers, including invited walk-ons, to eight, all of them freshmen or sophomores.