UH beats Kentucky in opener
The 16th-ranked Hawaii softball team opened the season with a 9-5 win over Kentucky last night in the Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
Junior third baseman Clare Warwick went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning as part of an 11-hit UH attack. Kaulana Gould and Katie Grimes drove in two runs each and Kate Robinson had two doubles for the Wahine.
Junior Courtney Baughman picked up the complete-game victory, giving up 10 hits and no walks while striking out five.
Kentucky second baseman Natalie Smith went 4-for-4 and Becky Bishop and Destinee Mordecai had two RBIs each for the Wildcats (2-3).
The tournament continues today with Hawaii facing Long Beach State at 5 p.m. and Central Florida at 7.
Long list of champions at QB banquet
The Honolulu Quarterback Club will host its annual Banquet of Champions on Sunday at the Empress restaurant in the Chinese Cultural Plaza.
The event will feature a number of national championship teams and will also recognize the outstanding male and female athletes of 2007.
There's also a silent auction of sports memorabilia and dinner, which begin at 5 and 6 p.m., with the program to follow.
Dr. Donnis Thompson, the first women's athletic director for the University of Hawaii, will highlight the event, which will honor champions ranging from the ASICS Rainbows girls volleyball team to the Hawaii Pacific coed cheerleading teams.
Hawaii Pacific gets national attention
January's national championship victory for the Hawaii Pacific all-girl cheerleading stunt group will be broadcast on national TV on Sunday from 7 to 9 a.m.
Coverage on ESPN2 will feature the competition, consisting of 185 colleges and universities, as well as the four women from HPU that make up the award-winning all-girl stunt group. HPU won the national title in 2006 as well.
In addition to the all-girl stunt group, the coed cheer team is also making waves. The coed team will defend its five-year reign at the National Cheerleaders Association Championships in April.
Hawaii-Hilo selects soccer coach
Hawaii-Hilo announced the hiring of Paul Regrutto as the new head coach of the men's soccer program yesterday.
Regrutto returns to the Vulcans after a one-year stint with Colorado State-Pueblo, the school from which he graduated in 2001 and began his coaching career in 2002.
Regrutto and former head coach Gordon Inouye were the original coaches of the Vulcans' men's soccer program when it began two years ago.