No special audit for UH athletics
State lawmakers have decided they don't want an audit of the University of Hawaii athletic department's budget after all.
"For all intents and purposes it's dead," state Rep. Mark Takai said of a house resolution that was making the rounds at the legislature.
Takai and other lawmakers said they have confidence in new athletic director Jim Donovan, who apologized last week for a cumulative deficit of around $4.9 million of the UH athletic department's budget going back several years.
Donovan replaced Herman Frazier as athletic director last month. UH sports has an independent audit each year, and a managerial audit will be done with the change in leadership.
Chaminade AD Hedlund resigns
Chaminade athletic director Kaia Hedlund has stepped down after nearly two years with the Pacific West Conference school.
Hedlund told the Star-Bulletin yesterday that the administration planned to upgrade the position to full-time, something she was not willing to do. The part-time position with Chaminade had allowed Hedlund to remain as associate director of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and be able to make the frequent trips to the mainland that were required.
The USC graduate is also the president of Kaico Sports, a consulting firm specializing in intercollegiate and amateur sports.
Clemson leads Classic field
Clemson heads the list of teams joining host Hawaii in this year's Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, set for Dec. 27-30 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Also entered in the 45th annual holiday tournament are Colorado, Colorado State, Coppin State, George Washington, Pepperdine and Vermont.
Clemson finished the season 24-10 and was ranked 22nd in the final Associated Press poll of the regular season. The Tigers reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 10 years before losing to Villanova in the first round.
Robinson up for national award
Hawaii pitcher/first baseman Kate Robinson is among 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award.
The senior began the season on the award's watch list and is the first Rainbow Wahine player to make the list of finalists.
Robinson leads UH in hitting at .385 with 14 home runs and 34 RBIs. She is one homer shy of the school's career record of 38 held by Stacey Porter, and is also the team's top pitcher at 12-3 with a 1.68 earned-run average and six shutouts in 16 starts.
The list will be whittled to 10 on May 7 and down to three on May 21. The winner will be announced at the Women's College World Series on May 27.
The first-place Rainbow Wahine (28-11, 4-1 Western Athletic Conference) resume conference play tomorrow against San Jose State (21-22, 3-3) at 6 p.m. at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
UH basketball banquet April 17
The Hawaii men's basketball awards banquet will be held April 17 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom.
Tickets start at $100. Also available for purchase are a Coach Table ($3,000), Warrior Table ($2,000) or Booster Table ($1,000).
For more information, contact Bobbie Omoto at 956-6501 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wahine stuff UCSD in water polo
Kelly Mason and Leoni Van Der Molen scored two goals each to lead the No. 4 Hawaii women's water polo team over No. 17 UC San Diego 7-5 yesterday at La Jolla, Calif.
The Rainbow Wahine (15-6, 7-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) improved to 1-1 on their seven-match road trip, which continues tomorrow at Long Beach State.
Hawaii rolls over Azusa Pacific
The Hawaii tennis team won its second straight match for its second win of the season, 5-1 over Azusa Pacific of the NAIA.
Sophie Kobuch rallied to take a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Bay Daniels in No. 1 singles. Doubles matches were canceled due to rain.
NMSU edges HPU in 10 innings
New Mexico State capitalized on two Hawaii Pacific errors in the top of the 10th inning as the Aggies scored once to take a 6-5 baseball victory from the Sea Warriors (26-15-1) at Hans L'Orange Park in a tune-up for a four-game series with Hawaii starting today.
Makana Kitamura had two hits and two RBIs for HPU.
BYUH women sweep two in tennis
The top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team blanked two PacWest opponents in St. George, Utah, yesterday, with 6-0 and 7-0 respective victories over Grand Canyon and Notre Dame de Namur.