Punahou top seed in water polo
Top-seeded Punahou will chase after its third state title when the HHSAA Girls Water Polo Championships begin on Wednesday in Veterans Memorial Aquatic Center at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.
The ILH champion Buffanblu haven't won the state crown since 2005. OIA champion Kahuku (16-0) is seeded second, while Kamehameha-Hawaii and Lahainaluna are seeded third and fourth. All four seeded teams have first-round byes.
Kamehameha is among the unseeded entries into the tourney and will play Leilehua in opening-round play. Kamehameha won a state crown in '06. Kahuku has reached the finals three years in a row. The Lady Raiders lost to Iolani last year 11-4.
The final is set for Saturday, 3 p.m.
Kaufman qualifies for NCAA Regionals
Sophomore two-sport athlete Amber Kaufman high-jumped 5-feet, 8 3/4 inches to place second in yesterday's Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, Calif. The distance qualified Kaufman to compete in the NCAA Regionals at Cal State Northridge on May 30.
Alana Faagai also placed second and achieved a regional standard for the second time in the discus with a heave of 156 feet, 7 inches.
The Rainbow Wahine have qualified 10 athletes to the regional meet this season, breaking the previous school-record of seven.
UHH takes doubleheader from HPU
Hawaii-Hilo swept a nonconference baseball doubleheader from Hawaii Pacific yesterday at Francis Wong Stadium.
Michael Higa had three hits and Keoni Manago drove in three runs to lead the Vulcans (17-27) to a 10-7 victory in the opener.
Five UHH pitchers combined to limit the Sea Warriors (31-20-1) to seven hits in a 4-3 second-game victory, including starter and winner Tyler Safford.