Nanakuli calls off baseball season
The Nanakuli baseball team will see no diamonds the rest of spring.
Coach Joshua DeFreitas confirmed last night that the team has shut down due to a lack of eligible players and poor turnout to practices.
"We have 17 on the roster, but we didn't have the commitment from the boys," he said.
As few as four players turned out for one practice. Nanakuli was 0-2, both forfeited losses, in its first season of Division II play.
Hawaii falls in Spring Fling finale
The University of Hawaii softball team fell 5-0 to the University of Texas on the final day of the Spring Fling Tournament at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Longhorn pitcher Meagan Denny picked up the win with a four-hit shutout while UH's Courtney Baughman suffered the loss and fell to 10-5 for the season. UT advanced to the championship game with the win.
Hawaii's Melissa Gonzalez and Kate Robinson were the lone Rainbow Wahine on the All-Tournament team.
UH's Wichmann takes fourth place
Competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships at the University of Arkansas' Randal Tyson Track Center, Hawaii senior Annett Wichmann scored a personal-best 4,177 points in the pentathlon for a fourth-place finish, the highest in the program's history. Wichmann set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles and tied her PR in the high jump, while also breaking the school's record for most appearances at an NCAA Championship meet with four.
Wahine water polo wins home opener
The University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine water polo team hosted the University of California-Santa Barbara and Cal Baptist in the team's first matches at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex this season. The outing proved successful as the Rainbow Wahine overcame UCSB 11-5 in the opener and Cal Baptist 12-7 to finish the day.
Hawaii, now 4-0 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, was led by junior Kelly Mason with a match-high three goals in the opener. Rainbow Wahine freshman Serena Bredin finished with six saves.
UH then scored nine second-half goals to come away with the 12-7 win over Cal Baptist. Hawaii sophomore Leoni Van Der Molen knocked in a match-high six goals while feshman Sara Gralitzer capitalized on her second start of the season with five saves.
Onosai heads QB Club slate
Joe Onosai heads the list of guest speakers at the Honolulu Quarterback Club's weekly meeting tomorrow.
Onosai, Word of Life Academy athletic director, announced last week that the Firebrands will field a varsity football team in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division II this fall.
Honolulu Advertiser prep sports writer Wes Nakama and Jeff Meister, Punahou associate athletic director and swim coach also will speak.
The luncheon begins in the Pagoda Hotel main ballroom at 11:30 a.m. with the program starting at noon. The public is invited.
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HPU men's tennis still unscathed
The No. 10 Hawaii Pacific University men's tennis team defeated No. 13 Abilene Christian 5-4 on the road yesterday to improve to 6-0 for the season. HPU captured both the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches as Henrik Bode topped J.J. Nunez 6-4, 6-4 and Mark Mestan defeated Ryan Hudson 7-6, 2-6, 6-2. HPU won the No. 2 doubles game while Abilene Christian captured the No. 1 and No. 3 events.
» The HPU women lost to No. 6 Abilene Christian 6-3 and fell to 7-3 for the season. HPU's Nina Mihova won the No. 2 singles.
HPU baseball outshines Patten
Hawaii Pacific University improved to 19-7 for the season after defeating Patten University 11-3 yesterday at Hans L'Orange Field. Patten took a first-inning, 3-0 lead, but HPU used the fourth inning to score seven runs and take advantage of the game. The fourth inning yielded seven runs and seven hits for HPU. Hawaii Pacific's Aaron Asher finished at 3-4 with two RBIs and two runs.
UH-Hilo baseball swept in doubleheader
The University of San Diego got the best of the University of Hawaii-Hilo baseball team yesterday at Wong Stadium, defeating the Vulcans 5-0 and 4-2 in a doubleheader.
UH-Hilo bounced back from a scoreless opener with a run in the first inning of the second game, and after a seventh-inning San Diego score, went on to the tie the game at 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth. San Diego capitalized on the extra inning with two runs while the Vulcans were unable to score.
Joe Davis and Tyler Safford picked up the losses for Hawaii-Hilo who fell to 7-9 for the season.