Robinson up for national honor
Expectations continue to rise for Hawaii senior pitcher/first baseman Kate Robinson. And the softball season hasn't even begun.
Yesterday, Robinson was one of 50 players selected to the "watch list" for the 7th USA Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year. She is the first Rainbow Wahine ever to make the list and the lone Western Athletic Conference representative.
Earlier this month, Robinson was voted the WAC Preseason Player of the Year. The Kamehameha Schools product was 17-1 overall and 8-0 in the WAC last season and named the WAC Pitcher of the Year. She set school records in home runs (19) and RBI (72).
Sorenstam to open in Hawaii
Annika Sorenstam will begin her year at the LPGA Tours season-opening SBS Open, tournament officials said yesterday.
It will be the first Hawaii appearance in five years for the 69-time winner. Sorenstam last played in Hawaii at the ConAgra LPGA Skins Game in 2003, finishing second to Karrie Webb. Soresntams last full-field event was the 2002 LPGA Takefuji Classic, which she won
The Swedish star recently said she planned on entering about 18 to 20 tournaments.
She played in only 13 events last year because of neck and back injuries and had one of the worst seasons of her career, going winless for the first time since 1994.
Paula Creamer will try to defend her title at Turtle Bay. The tournament runs Feb. 14-16. -- Associated Press
USTA grant to Kahiau foundation
Kahiau: A Tennis Foundation has received one of the six inaugural Community Partnership Strategic Investments Grant from the U.S. Tennis Association.
Kahiau, founded in 1966 to support youth tennis in Hawaii, is a fundraising arm for the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section.
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Silverswords win 11th straight game
Marko Kolaric scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his ninth double-double, and Hayden Heiber added 20 points as Chaminade remained undefeated in men's basketball with an 80-72 victory over Hawaii Pacific last night at McCabe Gym.
The Silverswords (15-4, 10-0) also got 19 points from Rodrick Johnson in winning their 11th straight. Jason Curtis had 28 points for the Sea Warriors (4-15, 1-9).
» In women's play earlier at McCabe, Karras Blate scored 18 points and Jocelyne Norris finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds as Hawaii Pacific (4-15, 4-6) pulled away for a 69-55 victory over Chaminade. Freshman forward Caitlin Prager scored 17 for the Silverswords (0-17, 0-10).