3 UH grads picked by new league
Three former Hawaii players were selected in the inaugural All American Football League draft yesterday.
Defensive lineman Lawrence Wilson was the first Warrior taken in the 50-round draft, going to Texas in the seventh round with the 39th overall pick. Defensive back Abraham Elimimian went to Tennessee in the 10th round with the 59th pick. Receiver Chad Owens was picked by Texas in the 48th round.
Silverswords run streak to 10
Marko Kolaric posted 19 points and 13 rebounds and scored the go-ahead basket as Chaminade beat Grand Canyon 66-63 yesterday in Phoenix.
Silversword forward Rodrick Johnson finished with 10 points and made two free throws with 2.4 seconds left as Chaminade (14-4, 9-0 PacWest) extended its winning streak to 10. Mike Green added 11 points and Hayden Heiber finished with eight points, 12 assists and six rebounds in Chaminade's second tight win over the Antelopes in as many days.
Shoji headlines Quarterback Club
Hawaii volleyball coach Dave Shoji will be among the speakers at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club at the Pagoda Hotel's main ballroom.
Also on the agenda are Kamehameha softball coach Randall Tamura and Waianae football coach Dan Matsumoto.
The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. with the program to start at noon.
Paddlers honored at Ala Wai Challenge
Veteran canoe paddlers Richard "Babe" Bell and Anona Naone Napoleon will be honored at today's 23rd Ala Wai Challenge.
Bell, also a longtime paddling coach, has competed in over 40 Molokai Hoe races. Napoleon, married to legendary paddler Nappy, is also an accomplished paddler and former surfing champion who has been recognized by the International Surfing Museum as a pioneer in women's surfing.
The event runs from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. and features canoe racing on a 1-mile course and traditional Makahiki games. Admission is free at Ala Wai Neighborhood Park.
Hamilton third in Roxy Surf Festival
Kauai's Bethany Hamilton placed third in the Roxy Surf Festival in Australia yesterday.
Hamilton lost to Bruna Schmitz of Brazil 9.50-2.30 in the semifinals of the 6-Star World Qualifying Series event. She shared third place with Jessi Miley-Dyer of Australia. Sally Fitzgibbons of Australia defeated Schmitz in the final.
"I just couldn't find any waves out there but I'm still stoked to have made the semis," Hamilton said. "I've needed a good result to boost my confidence and it finally happened. Now I'm just going to keep doing my best in all the events and put my heart into it."