Wahine host Idaho tonight
The Hawaii women's basketball team will look to earn its first home Western Athletic Conference win of the season tonight against Idaho.
Idaho (2-16, 1-5 WAC) at Hawaii (7-11, 1-4)
When: Today, 7 p.m.
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
TV: KFVE Ch. 5
Radio: KKEA 1410-AM
After falling just short, 77-73, Thursday night against defending conference champion Boise State, the Rainbow Wahine (7-11, 1-4 WAC) fell into a tie for seventh place with San Jose State.
Coach Jim Bolla said that starting guard Amy Kotani (ankle) might miss her second game in a row, but the team found some continuity in the second half against the Broncos and nearly rallied to win.
The Vandals (2-16, 1-5 WAC) are in last place. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.
Hose unbeaten as middleweight
Waiane's Kala Kolohe Hose knocked out Frederic Belleton with 28 seconds remaining in the first round in the opening bout of the "ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series" card broadcast on Showtime last night from Atlantic City, N.J.
The 5-foot-9 Hose (5-2) ate some leg kicks early on, but got the best of the standing exchanges. He seemed to tire late in the round, but caught Belleton (5-2) with a devastating straight right that put him on the canvas.
Philadelphia's Eddie Alvarez wowed the hometown crowd with a second-round TKO of Ross Ebanez of Hilo in the main event.
MPI to induct six former Owls
Hawaii baseball coach Mike Trapasso will be the keynote speaker at the fourth annual Mid-Pacific Institute Athletic Hall of Fame Gala on Feb. 8 at the Pacific Beach Hotel.
Former MPI standouts Donny Maa (1984) and the Serikaku brothers -- George (1953), Frank ('57), Richard ('60), Thomas ('60) and Albert ('64) -- will be inducted into the hall of fame.
Tickets are $125. For more information, call 973-5022.
Speed and Quickness camps continue
The spring series of Hawaii Speed and Quickness Camps continues this weekend at the University of Hawaii athletics complex.
The clinics run today and tomorrow from 8:30 to 10 a.m., with registration beginning a half-hour before the sessions. The first 100 participants will receive a Sugar Bowl poster.
The camps are scheduled to run on seven more weekends through March. The fee is $10. Scholarships are available. For more information, call 739-5444.
Hawaii players in AAFL draft
Three players with Hawaii ties are among those hoping to be drafted by the All American Football League during this morning's inaugural draft.
The trio includes former University of Hawaii linemen Renolds Fruean (Waipahu '02) and Lawrence Wilson (Farrington '02) and former Harvard center Frank Fernandez (Saint Louis '04).
Every AAFL player must have earned a college degree. The players will be paid between $50,000 and $100,000 for a 10-game spring season. San Diego entrepreneur Marcus Katz provides the funding for the AAFL. Training camps open March 13 with games starting in April.
Online coverage of the draft starts at 7 a.m. Hawaii time. It is available at www.AAFL.com.
Local youth selected to Jr. WNBA team
Abrianna Edwards of Holy Family Catholic Academy has been selected to the Jr. WNBA National Team.
Edwards, 12, is among 10 youths -- five boys and five girls -- to be selected to the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA teams, earning her a trip to the NBA All-Star Game.
Edwards is a member of the Hickam girls youth basketball team and was nominated by B.J. Bentley, the Hickam Youth Sports Director. The application process consisted of a video and a 100-word essay.
She came close to making the team last year -- when both of her parents were deployed in Iraq -- and made the team in her second try.
Silverswords win at the buzzer
Stewart Kussler's buzzer-beating 3-pointer from the corner gave Chaminade a 76-73 win over Grand Canyon yesterday in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Silverswords (13-4) rallied from a 10-point deficit in the last 7 minutes to remain undefeated in PacWest play at 8-0. Kussler led Chaminade with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Rodrick Johnson had 16 points and Mike Green, whose 3-pointer with 20 seconds left tied the game at 73, finished with 13.
Vulcans edge Notre Dame de Namur
John Smith scored 16 points and Sam Wilhoite added 15 to lead Hawaii-Hilo to a 75-70 win over Notre Dame de Namur yesterday in Belmont, Calif.
Smith hit four 3-pointers for the Vulcans, who went 8-for-11 behind the arc. Vince Alvarado chipped in with 12 points for UH-Hilo (9-6, 5-3 PWC).
» Sheila Azevedo led the UH-Hilo women's team with 12 points and nine rebounds in a 66-55 loss to Notre Dame de Namur.
Agbayani to speak at HPU fundraiser
Former major leaguer and Hawaii Pacific University player Benny Agbayani will be the guest speaker at the annual HPU Baseball Fundraiser Feb. 27 at the Hawaii Okinawan Center in Waipahu.
Agbayani was an NAIA first-team All-American in 1993 and went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies and Boston Red Sox and with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japan League.