Arizona tourney to test Rainbows
Now comes the hard part.
The UH baseball team embarks on the most difficult part of its schedule, beginning with the Coca-Cola Classic that gets under way tomorrow in Surprise, Ariz.
Five of the next eight opponents for the Rainbows (4-3) are ranked, including Arizona State on Friday, which is No. 1 in three of the four major college polls.
Junior Matt Daly gets the start in the tournament opener tomorrow at 1 p.m. against Northern Illinois.
The tournament concludes Saturday with games against Michigan, ranked eighth in the Baseball America poll, and Portland.
Ex-Kauai volleyball coach hired
ANCHORAGE, Alaska » The University of Alaska Anchorage has attracted a new volleyball coach who already has a national title under his belt.
The Seawolves yesterday announced the hiring of Chris Green. Green has spent the last nine years as the head coach at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb.
Before leading the Cougars, the Gering, Neb., native coached seven years at the prep level, including a four-year stint at Kauai High School in Lihue.
The Cougars had a 453-55 record under Green, including the NJCAA Division I national title last year. They were national runners-up in 2006.
Irons surfs into Quiksilver third round
Kauai's Andy Irons, a former three-time world champion, won his second-round heat over Tamaroa McComb today in the Quiksilver pro surf contest at Snapper Rocks in Australia.
Irons won 16.73 to 5.90 and advanced to the third round of the Association of Surfing Professionals' World Championship Tour event.
Roy Powers, also from Kauai, made the third round with a 13.74 to 9.60 victory over Damien Hobgood.
Hawaii's Pancho Sullivan was eliminated from the event in a 14.00 to 13.23 loss to Julian Wilson.
Fellow Hawaii surfer Fred Patacchia was also eliminated due to injury and a forfeit loss to Jay Thompson.
Kauai's Bruce Irons, Andy's brother, will also surf in the third round. He won his first-rounder on Saturday, enabling him to skip the second round.
Sheraton stays with Hawaii Bowl
Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii agreed to a two-year extension as title sponsor of the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl yesterday.
"We are very excited that Sheraton Hotels and Resorts Hawaii has agreed to this extension," said Jim Donovan, the bowl game's executive director. "Sheraton has been a true partner and has been integral in attracting the Pac-10 by providing a first-class Hawaii experience for our participating teams."
The extension agreement includes the 2008 and 2009 games, which will match teams from the Western Athletic Conference and the Pac-10.
The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television.
The University of Hawaii will be invited to represent the WAC if they are bowl eligible.
Wahine golfers place sixth at Fresno
Corie Hou's second-place finish led the Hawaii women's golf team to a sixth-place tie in the team standings of the Kitahara Fresno State Invitational yesterday.
Hou shot a second-day, 1-over 73 to finish in a two-way tie at 145, one stroke behind individual medalist Taylor Siebert of Fresno State.
Hou's Wahine teammate Xyra Suyetsugu finished at 147, tied for sixth at 3-over at the two-day tournament at Copper River Country Club.
Overall, UH finished at 604, 14 strokes behind Tulsa (590), which took the team title.
Kalstrom wins jackpot rodeo
Aiea's Elizabeth Kalstrom won two events and was second in two others to earn the all-around title of the first Hawaii Women's Rodeo Association jackpot rodeo of the year at Diamond J Ranch.
Kalstrom took first in the 3D barrels and amateur barrels, and second in novice horse barrels and amateur poles. She was fourth in novice poles and earned $192.50.
Brandy Joseph was second, winning $140, with Ana Canario third ($123).
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Vulcans finish seventh in San Antonio
The Hawaii-Hilo women's golf team shot its way to a seventh-place finish at the Lady Rattler Roundup in San Antonio yesterday.
Nicole Aoki (85-86) and Randi Ono (81-91) both finished at 172 -- tied for 23rd place in the individual standings -- to lead the Vulcans in the 12-team tournament hosted by St. Mary's University at the Dominican Country Club.
Tarleton State won the team title at 638.