New look at Long Beach State
Long Beach State enters tomorrow's game with Hawaii with a new coaching staff and a revamped roster. But a couple of 49ers are already fairly familiar to the Rainbow Warriors.
Guard Donovan Morris, a transfer from Fresno State, had a history of big games against Hawaii while playing for the Bulldogs, and forward Brian Freeman visited the Manoa campus before signing with LBSU. The Rainbows and 49ers meet tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center. Tip-off is set for 5:05 p.m.
Hawaii rivals take it on the chin
Hawaii opened the volleyball season with a loss to Michigan and closed it with a loss to Middle Tennessee State. Yesterday, Michigan and Middle Tennessee State both saw their seasons end at Penn State's Rec Hall.
BYU swept MTSU 30-28, 30-22, 34-32 while Michigan went down quickly to top-ranked Penn State 30-15, 30-18, 30-18. The Cougars (24-7) take on the host Nittany Lions (31-2) today for a berth in next week's final four in Sacramento.
In today's other regional finals, Texas (27-3) takes on USC (28-4) in Gainesville, Fla.; Nebraska (30-1) faces Cal (25-7) in Madison, Wis.; and UCLA (23-10) meets Stanford (30-2) at Stanford.
Yesterday, the Longhorns wore down the host Gators 30-27, 29-31, 30-16, 30-15. The Women of Troy held off St. John's 30-27, 30-22, 26-30, 24-30, 15-10.
Also, the Golden Bears swept Iowa State 30-27, 30-27, 30-24 while the defending national champion Huskers needed a huge rally to knock off Michigan State 25-30, 28-30, 30-17, 30-28, 15-9.
The Bruins downed Pac-10 rival Oregon 30-23, 30-19, 28-30, 30-24 and Stanford defeated Cal Poly in three games.
Neighbor island schools hit rankings
Big Island teams are not going to be able to sneak up on the Oahu powers this year.
That's because they are beginning the season entrenched in the Star-Bulletin's preseason prep rankings.
The No. 6 Kamehameha-Hawaii boys and Hilo girls are previewed in the Star-Bulletin's countdown of the state's top high school teams today, giving them a reasonable expectation of making the long trip to the Hawaii State Championships at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Inaugural XTERRA trail run next year
XTERRA, known for its extreme triathlon series, has added an extreme trail run series to its competition calendar next year.
The XTERRA Trail Running Series is comprised of 50 runs of various lengths up to 27 kilometers and held around the world from California to Japan. Tentative stops for the "Xduro" include New Zealand, Brazil, France and Italy.
The series concludes Dec. 7 with the 21-kilometer (13.1-mile) championship at Kualoa Ranch. For more information, the Web site is www.xterratrailrun.com
Silverswords fall to Seawolves
ROHNERT PARK, Calif. » Junior forward Rodrick Johnson scored 17 points but it wasn't enough as Chaminade fell to host Sonoma State 69-58 last night in the Ron Logsdon Basketball Classic.
Senior center Marko Kolaric added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Silverswords (2-3) who play Humboldt State tonight. The Lumberjacks (5-1) defeated Notre Dame de Namur 79-56 in yesterday's first game.