Kamehameha’s Soon selects Army
Kamehameha wide receiver Charles Ekolu Soon III has given an oral commitment to play football to the Army Black Knights.
Expected to have a strong senior season in a revamped attack, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound pass catcher missed much of the Warriors' season due to an injury.
Soon is the 10th local recruit to commit to a Division I university.
"People tell me it’s gonna be disciplined and it’s gonna be difficult, but once you go there, you’re set for life," Soon said.
Smith named player of the week
Hawaii senior Tanya Smith was named the Western Athletic Conference women’s basketball player of the week for last week yesterday.
The senior center from Sydney, Australia, scored a career-high 25 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in a 77-73 loss to Boise State on Thursday.
On Saturday, Smith scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 25 rebounds to lead the Rainbow Wahine to a 68-53 win over Idaho.
Smith tied the WAC single-game rebound mark set by Louisiana Tech’s Cheryl Ford in 2003 and matched Syracuse’s Fantasia Goodwin for the single-game rebound high this season.
Smith, who leads the WAC in rebounding at 12.3 boards per game, ranks second in the nation in the category.
UH athletics places 45th in Directors’ Cup
A successful fall sports season propelled the University of Hawaii athletics department to 45th out of 178 Division I schools nationally in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup.
UH’s football, women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball teams all won WAC titles.
Hawaii is the highest-ranked WAC school in the standings.
Warriors stay put in volleyball poll
Hawaii's two wins over UC San Diego did not help the Warriors’ cause in the national men’s volleyball poll.
The Warriors remained No. 13 in yesterday’s CSTV/AVCA Division I-II Coaches Top 15.
Brigham Young remained at No. 1, receiving 12 first-place votes. Penn State, with three first-place votes, moved up a spot to No. 2, followed by Long Beach State in third with the final vote.
Hawaii (3-4, 2-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) makes its first road trip this week and will face UC Santa Barbara on Friday and Saturday.
Herring named player of year
Kamehameha’s Kanani Herring has been named the high school player of the year by Mizuno/Volleyball magazine.
The senior outside hitter led Kamehameha to three consecutive state championships and is currently ranked No. 5 on prepvolleyball.com’s Senior Aces list.
Herring has committed to play for the University of Hawaii this fall.