Wichmann leads WAC heptathlon
Annett Wichmann of Hawaii led the heptathlon competition after the first four events yesterday at the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Boise, Idaho.
Wichmann, the two-time defending conference champion, had 3,161 points. Idaho's Darcy Collins was second with 3,019. UH's Emily Sheppard was in fifth with 2,828 points, despite a sore throat, ear infection and nosebleed.
"Emily's really sick, was sick on the plane over," UH coach Carmyn James said. "We've got her on medication."
Sheppard, competing in her second career heptathlon, tied for first with Wichmann in the high jump (5-7 1/4 ), placed fourth in the 200-meter dash (25.88 seconds) and ninth in both the 100 hurdles (16.08) and shot put (28-9).
Wichmann was also first in the shot put (41-5 1/2 ). She was third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.02) and placed eighth in the 200-meter dash (26.54).
The three remaining events, the long jump, javelin and 800-meter run, take place today. The meet continues tomorrow and Saturday.
BYUH, HPU win in NCAA tennis
Top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii and No. 16 Hawaii Pacific remained on a collision course for the NCAA Division II women's tennis championship when both teams won their Round of 16 matches in Houston yesterday.
The Seasiders blanked No. 25 Drury 5-0 at the Memorial Park Tennis Center to improve to 27-0. BYUH advances to today's quarterfinal match against No. 15 West Florida.
The Seasiders opened the day with an 8-0 win at No. 1 doubles with the top ranked pair of Elwen Li and Maggie Deng sweeping No. 23 Mouna Sabri and Khrystsina Tryboi. Li, also top-ranked in singles, clinched the match by knocking off No. 34 Laure Piquemal.
» The Lady Sea Warriors had to rally to beat Northwood 5-3. HPU trailed 2-1 after the doubles portion, but tied the match when senior Elena Hudzikova won her No. 4 singles match 6-1, 6-3. HPU will face fourth-ranked Valdosta State today.
» The ninth-ranked Hawaii Pacific men's team advanced to today's NCAA Division II tennis quarterfinals after sweeping Northwood 5-0 yesterday in Houston.
The Sea Warriors (20-1) will face West Florida (22-4).
Iolani assistant coach Hew dies
Most afternoons during baseball season, Clem Hew could be found on the Iolani School field several hours before practices or games began. The Raiders' longtime assistant coach was not only pulling weeds but also planting seeds of pride and responsibility.
"He was out there every day," Iolani baseball coach Dean Yonamine told the Star-Bulletin. "It's something he loved to do. And it's something he wanted to instill in the kids, taking care of their field, keeping the dugouts clean.
"His value to our program can't be measured. It's a big, big loss."
Clement Y.F. Hew Sr. died May 6 at Kuakini Medical Center after suffering a heart attack. He was 77.
Born Oct. 30, 1930, in Kula, Maui, Hew was a retired surveyor, a CSgt. Major in the Hawaii National Guard and a coach at Iolani since 1963. He was on various Raider staffs in baseball, football and softball for five decades.
"He and I have been together for the 12 years I've been head coach," Yonamine said. "He was my coach for three years on the varsity. Shucks, I've known him since seventh grade.
"To me personally, he was another father figure. He kept the kids grounded and reminded us of our 'One Team' (motto) every day."
Hew is survived by wife Jeannette; son Clement Jr.; daughter Shandra; brother David Hew; sisters Ethel Dong, Pauline Featheran and Patricia Ching; and two grandsons.
Services are Saturday at Iolani's St. Alban's Chapel. Visitation is at 9 a.m. followed by services at 11 a.m. Committal service is at 10 a.m. Monday at Hawaii State Veterans Cemetery.
3 Wahine on all-region softball team
Seniors Kate Robinson and Kaulana Gould were named to the first team and senior Brandi Peiler to the second team of the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-West region team yesterday.
It was the second consecutive year that Robinson was selected in the utility/pitcher category, with a 17-8 record in the circle. The Kamehameha graduate leads the Rainbow Wahine in nearly every offensive statistical category: batting average (.384), runs (44), hits (68), home runs (19) and RBIs (51). Her 19 home runs shares the UH single-season record and is the seventh most in NCAA Division I this year.
Center fielder Gould, another Kamehameha product, is the first Wahine to earn first-team all-conference honors for four years. She is hitting .320 with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
Left fielder Peiler, who teamed with Robinson and Gould at Kamehameha, is batting .350 with a team-high 10 doubles.
The three are eligible for All-America honors.
Hawaii opens the NCAA tournament tomorrow against No. 25 Mississippi State in Tempe, Ariz.
Andy Irons advances in Tahiti Pro
Kauai's Andy Irons won his third-round heat yesterday to advance in the Billabong Pro Tahiti surf contest at Teahupoo.
Irons outscored South Africa's Royden Bryson 15.50 to 12.47 and will face Australian Luke Stedman in today's fourth round. Irons' brother Bruce was to meet Taylor Knox of the U.S. in the last third-round heat today.
Oahu's Pancho Sullivan was eliminated yesterday.
Thomas helps U.S. to title
Former Hawaii middle blocker Delano Thomas had three kills, two blocks and an ace as the U.S. men's national volleyball team defeated Germany 25-21, 25-23, 25-20 yesterday to win the Four Nations Tour in Leipzig, Germany.
Although the U.S. and Germany both finished the tournament with 2-1 records, the Americans dropped fewer sets to claim the title.