Search for football coach goes on
The University of Hawaii Board of Regents began its meeting yesterday morning by honoring the Warrior football team for its achievements of the past season.
Meanwhile, the search process for the program's next head coach goes on.
The school will be undergoing searches to fill two of its most prominent positions in the athletic department, and University of Hawaii president David McClain said the coaching search is the top priority with the search for an athletic director not far behind.
McClain is authorized to pay a new coach around $1.1 million and said the board did discuss raising the pay of UH coaches during its executive session yesterday.
"One of the things the chancellor and I are committed to is raising the compensation level for all the coaches," he said. "That, I think, is essential to have an effective and high-performing program."
Volleyball team closes on Beijing
CAGUAS, Puerto Rico » Former Hawaii standout Clay Stanley helped the U.S. volleyball team move within a victory of qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, leading the Americans past Cuba yesterday in the NORCECA Continental Olympic Qualifying Championship.
Stanley had nine kills and three aces in the United States' 25-22, 27-25, 25-18 victory. today in the championship, the Americans will face either Puerto Rico or Canada.
Riley Salmon added six kills, a block and an ace, and Sean Rooney had eight kills for the United States. Raydel Corrales led Cuba with 12 kills and two blocks.
Former Hawaii standout Clay Stanley, left, and Thomas Hoff celebrated a point during their semifinal match against Cuba in the Olympic qualifying tournament in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Keith is Gatorade runner of year
Mililani High sophomore Kristin Ali Keith has been named the 2007-08 Gatorade Hawaii girls cross country runner of the year.
Keith captured this year's HHSAA girls state cross country championship in 19:31 and finished 14th in the Foot Locker West Regional sophomore race in 19:48.
As Hawaii's honoree, Keith becomes eligible for the Gatorade national girls runner of the year award to be announced later this month.
The Gatorade award recognizes each state's best high school cross country runners and honors athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the race course.
Koehler named Old Spice nominee
Solomon Koehler, Castle High School's two-way lineman who recently gave on oral commitment to play football at the University of Arizona next year, has been nominated as an Old Spice Red Zone player of the year.
Koehler, a 6-foot-2, 315-pound senior and Star-Bulletin All-State first-team offensive lineman, is eligible to be named one of 50 national players of the year to be honored in a full-page feature in USA Today next month.
The Old Spice award program honors high school football players who go above and beyond the call of duty.
Rainbow Warriors fall to Crimson Tide
The Hawaii men's tennis team dropped a 5-2 match to No. 13 Alabama yesterday, despite taking both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches.
Junior Sascha Heinemann beat Alabama's Mathieu Thibaudeau 6-3, 6-4, and sophomore Andreas Weber, rallied to down Saketh Myneni, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3.
With only five players, the Rainbow Warriors forfeited their No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles matches.