Pan-Pacific field completed
Australia's Sydney FC was added yesterday as the fourth team in this month's inaugural Pan-Pacific Championship.
Sydney, led by Alex Brosque and Brazil's Juninho, will represent the Hyundai A-League in the four-team exhibition tournament at Aloha Stadium, Soccer United Marketing said.
The event also will include Japanese champion Gamba Osaka, the Major League Soccer Cup champion Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy featuring David Beckham..
The Pan-Pacific tournament will feature a pair of doubleheaders Feb. 20 and Feb. 23, with the first day's winners playing for the title and the losers for third place. Gamba Osaka will open the tournament against the Galaxy, with Houston facing Sydney.
McMackin gets to preview ring
Hawaii football coach Greg McMackin received a sample of the ring he designed to commemorate the team's Western Athletic Conference championship of 2007.
"It's something the players and coaches can be proud of, it tells a story," McMackin said.
The diamond ring's design features palm trees, McMackin said.
He said the rings will be distributed at a private team function in the coming weeks.
Yano atop the leaderboard
Azuma Yano shot a 6-under 66 yesterday to lead all scores in a rain-shortened first day of the 30th annual Hawaii Peal Open at the Pearl Country Club.
Popular 16-year-old Japanese native Ryo Ishikawa struggled, shooting an even-par 72, six strokes behind Yano.
Forty-four players did not finish their rounds and will complete it today before the start off the second round.
Rainbow Warriors lose third straight
The University of Hawaii men's tennis team lost to conference rival Fresno State yesterday 6-1 in Fresno, Calif.
The team of Jeff Fitch and Craig Faulk secured UH's only win, defeating Denny Fafek and A.J. Kerin, 8-4.
The Rainbow Warriors (1-6) face Oregon today to cap their four-game road trip.
Robinson powers UH past Chaminade
Kate Robinson went 3-for-3 with a home run in the 15th-ranked Hawaii softball team's 15-0 win in a scrimmage against Chaminade last night at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Tanisha Milca and Clare Warwick also homered for the Rainbow Wahine. Courtney Baughman pitched a two-hit shutout to earn the win.
The teams will play a doubleheader today starting at noon.
Wahine rout Banana Slugs
The University of Hawaii women's water polo team defeated Division III UC Santa Cruz 20-6 yesterday in Palo Alto.
The Rainbow Wahine (3-0) were led by a pair of talented freshmen. Samantha Motekaitis scored a game-high five goals while Sara Gralitzer recorded 10 stops.
UH faces San Jose State in the Stanford Invitational today.
Cheer teams compete in nationals
Four of Hawaii's best cheerleading squads will compete in the National High School Cheerleading Championships today in Orlando, Fla.
Kailua, Kalaheo and Kamehameha will compete against other national finalists in the small varsity division. Kamehameha's middle school team will compete in the junior high division.
A total of 63 squads representing 48 states will participate in the competition.
Chaminade men lose on Big Island
John Smith and Perry Baggett each scored 19 points to help the UH-Hilo men's basketball team upset Chaminade 81-72 last night in Hilo.
Rashad Bilal chipped in 13 points for the Vulcans (10-8, 6-5 PacWest). Marko Kolaric led the first-place Silverswords (16-6, 11-2) with 19 points.
Kennegard wins UH-Hilo Invitational
Arizona State freshmen Jesper Kennegard followed up two solid rounds with a 4-under 66 yesterday to capture first place in the 18th annual UH-Hilo Invitational at the Waikoloa Village golf course with a three-day total of 13-under 197.
Stanford edged Arizona State to claim the team title, with UH-Hilo placing 16th and UH placing last in the 18-team event. Stanford was 27 under as a team with Arizona State coming in at 24 under. Hilo finished plus 21 as a team with Hawaii shooting 28 over for the tournament.
Jesus Valvida and Zady Ari tied for 57th overall to lead the Vulcans.
Hilo women too much for Chaminade
The sophomore trio of Nesha Kimitete, Samantha Nordstrom and Jessica Hanato shot a combined 18-for-22 from the field as the Lady Vulcans cruised to an 89-70 victory yesterday at UH-Hilo gymnasium.
UH-Hilo, led by Kimitete's game-high 20 points, raced out to a 54-33 halftime lead and never looked back.
Simrin Cummins led Chaminade with 17 points.
Seasiders fall in doubleheader
The BYU-Hawaii softball team fell on the road 8-0, 10-2 yesterday in a doubleheader meeting with California Baptist.
BYU-Hawaii second basemen Melissa Lehano went a combined 3-6 with one run to lead the Seasiders (0-2).