Mililani baseball coach resigns
Mililani baseball coach Dean Sato announced his resignation yesterday after five years at the helm.
Sato cited a business opportunity as a key reason for his decision.
"I'd like to thank (athletic director) Glenn Nitta and (principal) Dr. John Brummel for the opportunity to lead the Mililani baseball program and the tremendous support I received from them," Sato said. "The ride we had was an experience I will cherish for a lifetime."
Under Sato, Mililani won an Oahu Interscholastic Association title and reached the state tournament twice. This year's team fell short of the playoffs, but has one of the state's premier prospects in pitcher Dustin Antolin.
During his reign, Trojans supporters built an indoor facility with a batting cage next to the school diamond. Sato has recommended junior varsity coach Joe Lee for the vacant position.
Hawaii ousts UCSB in water polo
No. 5 Hawaii improved to 19-8 with a 15-11 water polo win over No. 12 UCSB yesterday in the opening round of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.
Wahine junior Angela Turnbull led all scorers with five goals.
Iolani alumnus Takata wins bronze
Iolani grad Taylor Takata, a member of the USA Judo national team, placed third in the 66-kilogram division at the Jose Ramon Rodriguez Championship in Havana.
Despite losing his initial match to the 2003 Pan Am Games champion, Cuba's Angelo Gomez, Takata recovered to beat his two remaining opponents, including 10-time Pan Am medalist Ludwig Ortiz.
Kaanapali GM makes Golf Inc.'s list
Golf Inc.'s May 2008 issue named Ed Kageyama, Kaanapali Golf Resort's general manager, one of 20 to make the "Most Admired Operator" list. Evaluations were based on 16,000 golf courses worldwide.
Some of Kageyama's contributions at the Kaanapali Resort include the oversight of a $13 million renovation, the redesign of 36 holes, a new golf and resort shop, and a new logo.
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Hawaii Pacific downs Grand Canyon
Hawaii Pacific overpowered Grand Canyon 9-3 in a baseball game yesterday at Braznell Stadium in Phoenix, Ariz.
The Sea Warriors improved to 27-15-1 and pitcher Kaimi Mead remained undefeated on the mound at 7-0.