Hawaii Grown Report:
Holy Names hoops has strong Hawaii flavor
Holy Names University makes its ninth appearance in the women's basketball NAIA Division II Championships this year with several athletes from Hawaii.
Juniors Larissa Nakasone (Roosevelt '05) and Chelsie Kadota (Roosevelt '05) and sophomore Mana Camara (Kalani '06) all started in the California Pacific Conference championship game against Cal State East Bay and helped lead the Hawks to a 52-46 win.
Camara led the way with a team-leading 12 points and added nine rebounds.
The Hawks also got help off the bench from freshmen Jamie Ronolo (Moanalua '07) and C'ani Kealoha (Farrington '07). Danielle Lovelle (Waianae '07) and Janiene Sablan (Farrington '07) are also on the team.
The Hawks are 5-8 all-time in the tournament and travel to Sioux City, Iowa to play Northwestern (Iowa) for an opening round game Thursday.
» Pepperdine junior Taylor Smith (Kalaheo '05) finished the regular season seventh on the team in scoring (3.6 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (3.0). Smith started two of 18 games she played in for the Waves, who play No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference tournament.
» Gonzaga's Rachel Kane (Punahou '03) played in 21 games this season before suffering a career-ending torn ACL. Kane was second on the team with 58 assists and averaged 2.8 points a game. Tatriana Lorenzo (Kamehameha '06) appeared in 20 games and scored 29 points and grabbed 21 rebounds.
» Junior guard Shanna-Lei Dacanay (Punahou '05) finished the season averaging 6.2 points and 3.1 assists per game for Washington University (St. Louis), which lost the University Athletic Association championship game to the University of Chicago. The Bears face Wilmington (Ohio) in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championships.
» San Diego State senior Troy Hanzawa
(Mid-Pacific '03) went 2-for-4 with a run and a stolen base in a 6-5 victory over UC Riverside. Hanzawa is batting .429 with 13 runs scored and nine RBIs.
» Creighton senior second baseman Michael Lam (Punahou '04) went 2-for-7 with a double and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Memphis.
» Creighton right-fielder Lau Emmsley-Chang
(Kamehameha '05) played in her first game last Friday since tearing an ACL in the MWC tournament last year. Emmsley-Chang was hitless over the weekend, but did score two runs and drive in another.
» Pacific sophomore Max Bonk
(Hawaii Prep '07) shot a final-round 6-over 78 to win the George Fox Invitational by two strokes.
» Portland sophomore Thomas Robertson (King Kekaulike '06) shot rounds of 85, 78 and 73 to finish in a tie for 47th place at 20-over 236 in the Braveheart Classic. Gonzaga senior Reyn Tanaka (Mid-Pacific '04) finished in 89th place.
» Santa Clara sophomore Jamie Nonaka
(Punahou '06) tied for 46th and Idaho senior Kelly Nakashima
(Baldwin '04) tied for 54th in the San Jose Spartan Invitational. Gonzaga senior Sarah Sheffield
(Keaau '04) finished 68th and Long Beach State senior Kira Murashige
(Waiakea '04) was 73rd.
» N.C. State junior Andrew Lester
(Moanalua '05) placed ninth in the 400-yard individual medley event and 10th in the 500-yard freestyle race in the Atlantic Coast Conference championships. He also placed 11th in the 1,650-yard free and was part of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that came in ninth.
» Florida State sophomore Aleia Monden
(St. Andrew's '06) placed fifth in the platform diving event and sixth in the 1-meter diving event at the Atlantic Coast Conference championships.
» Cal State Northridge senior Isaac Kneubuhl
(Kamehameha '03) tied his career high with 22 kills to lead the Matadors to a four-game victory over No. 13 Santa Barbara. Kneubuhl is second on the team with 3.72 kills per game and third with 17 service aces.
» Southern California sophomore Troy Tokuhama (Iolani '06) had five digs and an assist and freshman Riley McKibbin (Punahou '07) added an assist and a dig as the Trojans were swept by Lewis.