Shaena-Lyn Kuehu signs with Idaho
All-State guard-forward Shaena-Lyn Kuehu signed with the University of Idaho yesterday.
The 5-foot-8 senior was a Star-Bulletin All-State Fab 15 selection and helped lead Punahou to a third state basketball championship during her four seasons with the Buffanblu. Kuehu, one of the top defensive players in the state, chose Idaho over Hawaii and was recruited by former UH assistant coach John Newlee.
Newlee moved over to Idaho from Idaho State in the offseason. He was an assistant at UH before being hired by ISU in 2002.
"They're super stoked. She's their first recruit and they're really happy," Punahou coach Mike Taylor said. "Shaena liked them and the tie they have to the islands."
Kuehu's twin sister, Shawna-Lei, has already signed with California.
"She wants to experience something totally different from Hawaii," Taylor said of Shaena-Lyn Kuehu. "In Idaho, she'll see all four seasons.
Idaho was 4-25 last season. Newlee led ISU to three consecutive postseason bids, including a 20-10 mark this year.
Hawaii Bowl gets NCAA approval
INDIANAPOLIS » The Sheraton Hawaii Bowl was among 34 bowl game applications the NCAA has approved for 2008, including new games in Washington, D.C., and St. Petersburg, Fla.
The NCAA Postseason Football Licensing Subcommittee yesterday also turned down a request for a proposed Rocky Mountain Bowl in Salt Lake City that would have included a Western Athletic Conference team.
The new bowl games for next season will be the Congressional Bowl in the nation's capital and the St. Petersburg Bowl.
In addition to the Hawaii Bowl, which will be played Dec. 24 at Aloha Stadium, licenses were renewed for the following games: Allstate Sugar, AT&T Cotton, AutoZone Liberty, BCS National Championship, Bell Helicopter Armed Forces, Brut Sun, Capital One, Champs Sports, Chick-fil-A, Emerald, Fed Ex Orange, Gaylord Hotels Music City, GMAC, Roady's Humanitarian, Insight, International, Konica Minolta Gator, Meineke Car Care, Motor City, New Mexico, Outback, Pacific Life Holiday, Papajohns.com, PetroSun Independence, Pioneer Las Vegas, R+L Carriers New Orleans, Rose, San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia, Texas, Tostitos Fiesta and Valero Alamo bowls.
The subcommittee, meeting in Weston, Fla., also reported about 1.6 million fans attended last season's bowl games, and about $222 million in revenue from those games was distributed to the participating teams and conferences.
UH water polo players get MPSF honors
Hawaii junior Kelly Mason was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation water polo first team, the league announced yesterday.
Junior Angela Turnbull was an honorable mention choice, and Carmen Eggens and Leoni Van Der Molen landed on the all-freshman team.
UCLA's Courtney Mathewson and Jillian Kraus were named co-players of the year and Stanford freshman Amber Oland was the league's newcomer of the year.
Hawaii golfers tie for eighth in WAC
Robert Berton shot 76 yesterday and finished the three rounds at 11-over-par 227 to lead Hawaii as it tied for eighth in the nine-team Western Athletic Conference men's golf tournament at Cinnabar Hills Golf Club in San Jose, Calif.
UH's team score over the three days was 324-309-315--948.
New Mexico State won the team title at 27 over par and Boise State's Troy Merritt won the individual championship at 7 under 209.
It was UH's final event of the season.