Yates, Braves come to terms
Right-hander Tyler Yates (Kauai '95) was one of four Atlanta Braves who avoided arbitration yesterday by agreeing to a contract. Yates, a former Hawaii-Hilo pitcher, re-signed with the Braves for $800,000.
Also, outfielder Bronson Sardinha (Kamehameha '01) signed with the Seattle Mariners as a minor league free agent for an undisclosed amount. The former first-round draft pick of the New York Yankees has been invited to spring training.
Wahine fall on road to Bulldogs
Saundra Cariaga came off the bench to score a career-high 17 points, but it wasn't enough as the Hawaii women's basketball team remained winless in Western Athletic Conference play, falling at Fresno State 74-54 last night.
It was the third straight road loss for the Rainbow Wahine (6-10, 0-3 WAC), who finish their road trip at San Jose State tomorrow.
Tanya Smith added 10 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh straight double-double.
Leading 35-30 at intermission, the Bulldogs (9-8, 4-0) used an 11-0 run to open the second half to pull away.
Tipoti heading for California
Pac-Five defensive lineman Aaron Tipoti has given an oral commitment to play football for the University of California.
The 6-foot-2 senior has added 10 pounds to his frame since the start of football season. The Star-Bulletin All-State first-team selection now tips the scale at 250 pounds, even while playing basketball for Word of Life Academy. His decision came down to a final list of Cal, Arizona and Oregon State.
Hawaii was among the schools that recruited Tipoti, who is already an NCAA qualifier.
"It would've been nice to go to UH. I was debating whether to stay home," he said. "But I was looking at the conference and the Pac-10 is a great one to be in."
Letro joins Vulcans soccer team
Adele Letro, a three-time All-Mountain West women's soccer selection at Utah, has transferred for her final season to Hawaii-Hilo.
Letro had 17 goals last season for the Utes, ranking her sixth in Division I scoring. She finished her career at Utah with 36 goals, including 17 game-winning scores, and 13 assists.
Letro was also the Mountain West 2005 Freshman of the Year, the conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and a second-team NSCAA/adidas All-American.
Funds raised for Silverswords athletics
Hui 'Ahinahina, Chaminade's athletics booster club, has raised more than $151,000 in its inaugural campaign.
Athletic director Kaia Hedlund credited charter member Carolyn Berry's matching gift of $1 for every $2 raised in helping the club surpass its initial goal.
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