Iolani’s Hardin gets volleyball scholarship from Cal Poly SLO
She's only a junior, but Iolani's Chelsea Hardin has already planned out her future.
The hard-hitting volleyball standout has accepted a scholarship offer from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Hardin turned down offers from Buffalo, Cal State Northridge, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego, Santa Clara, Utah and Washington State.
Hardin, who is 5-foot-11, was a Star-Bulletin All-State Fab 15 selection last season at No. 10. She was a middle blocker and will likely switch to outside hitter next season.
Raiders top slam rankings
Iolani nudged arch rival Punahou for the No. 1 ranking in today's Star-Bulletin Boys Volleyball Top 10. Kamehameha, Mid-Pacific and Hawaii Baptist give the poll strong representation from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
However, the Oahu Interscholastic Association also has a significant footing in the Top 10. Roosevelt, with a boon of transfers from Castle, Maryknoll and Mid-Pacific, is No. 3 in the poll.
Of the four OIA teams in the poll, three are from the Red West. Still, coaches have pegged Iolani and Punahou as the front-runners. Iolani returns 6-6 senior Brad Lawson, considered by some as the top recruit in the nation.
Punahou lost three-time Star-Bulletin player of the year Spencer McLachlin, but has talent back with Madison McKibbin, Henry Cassiday and Taylor Crabb. Libero Erik Shoji is a returning All-State selection.
The Raiders are ranked eighth nationally. Punahou is 14th.
The ILH schedule will have a lull over the upcoming spring break, but the inaugural Hawaii Boys Volleyball Invitational at Iolani School will keep some teams busy. The tourney starts tomorrow and concludes on Saturday.
Rancho Bernardo and Otay Ranch, both of San Diego, Calif., are in the field, as are Seabury Hall, Hawaii Baptist, Kamehameha-Hawaii, Maryknoll, McKinley and host Iolani.
Tournament matches begin at 4 p.m.
Punahou collected 18 of 19 first-place votes in today's Star-Bulletin Baseball Top 10. The Buffanblu will take on No. 2 Mid-Pacific on Saturday at Ala Wai Community Park.
Kaiser and Waiakea entered the poll for the first time this season. Kaiser is 2-0 in OIA Red East play. Waiakea upset then-No. 9 Kamehameha-Hawaii over the weekend.
"I'm just happy to escape with a win," Waiakea coach Gordon Mau said. "It was a hard-fought contest with the momentum swinging back and forth. I'm glad it's over!"
Smith camp for hoopsters
The Pete Smith Basketball Camp starts March 17 at Kalaheo High School. The camp is open to youngsters ages 5-18.
The first leg of the camp is March 17-21, followed by the second leg March 24-28. The fee is $175 for one week or $300 for both weeks.
Alika Smith, Ryan Hogue and Chaminade men's coach Darrell Matsui are among the coaches. For more information, call 392-6359 or e-mail email@example.com.
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Athletes of the week
Moanalua track and field
He won the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs and the 110 hurdles in OIA competition at Mililani.
Kristin Ali Keith Mililani track and field
She placed first in the 800- , 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs in the OIA meet at Mililani.
» Nainoa Calip
, Kamehameha-Hawaii: shot a 76 to lead the BIIF boys field at Waimea Country Club
» Raymond Fortucci, Kahuku: shot a 75 to lead OIA East boys competition at West Loch Golf Course
» Summer Galon-Mizusawa, Waiakea: shot a 79 to lead the BIIF girls field at Waimea Country Club
» Sara Koizumi, Pearl City: shot a 79 to lead the OIA West girls competition at Oahu Country Club
» Ryan Kuroiwa, Aiea: shot a 73 to lead the OIA West boys competition at Oahu Country Club
» Kristina Merkle, Moanalua: shot a 71 to lead the OIA East girls competition at West Loch Golf Course
» Cyd Okino, Punahou: shot a 74 to lead the ILH girls competition at Navy Marine Golf Course
» Bradley Shigezawa, Punahou: shot a 69 to lead the ILH boys competition at Navy Marine Golf Course
TRACK AND FIELD
» Chanel Anderson
, Radford: won the 100 and 300 hurdles in the OIA meet at Waipahu
» Ashley Burt, Kahuku: took first place in two events during the OIA meet at Mililani -- 100 and 200 -- and placed second in the high jump and third in the long jump.
» Gordon Cox, Waipahu: won the 300, pole vault and long jump in the OIA meet at Waipahu
» Cameron Daugherty, Mililani: led the pole vault and long jump in the OIA meet at Mililani
» Paipai Falemalu, Kahuku: won the shot put and discus in the OIA meet at Mililani
» Mamataloa Fiaseu, Radford: won the discus and shot put events in the OIA meet at Waipahu
» Vanessa Jackson, Leilehua: placed first in the 100 and 200 sprints in the OIA meet at Waipahu
» Abe Markowitz, Punahou: placed first in the discus and shot put in the ILH meet at Punahou
» Jenna Matsumoto, Pac-Five: won the 100 and 300 hurdles in the ILH meet at Punahou
» Matt Nakamoto, Pac-Five: took first place in the 1,500 and 3,000 runs in the ILH meet at Punahou
» Kawika Ornellas, Mililani: won the 100 and 200 sprints in the OIA meet at Mililani
» Gen Priest, Kapolei: won the 200 and triple jump in the OIA meet at Waipahu
» Tajana Santiago, Kahuku: won the 100 hurdles and triple jump in the OIA meet at Mililani
» Uilani Speer, Kahuku: won the 400 and long jump, and placed second in the triple jump during the OIA meet at Mililani
» Matt Yim, Punahou: won the long jump and 110 hurdles in the ILH meet at Punahou
To nominate ...
To nominate an athlete of the week, contact the Star-Bulletin Sports Department by 11 p.m. Sunday: