Sports Illustrated honors Punahou
Punahou was named the top athletic program in the country today by Sports Illustrated.
SI will feature the Buffanblu in its May 26 issue, which is scheduled to hit newsstands this weekend.
"We are honored to receive this recognition from Sports Illustrated and believe that the state of Hawaii shares in this achievement," said Jim Scott, president of Punahou.
Punahou won 16 state championships this year, eight in the last two weeks.
"At Punahou, our athletics program is about the value of healthy competition — our mission is to develop good citizens," said Punahou athletic director Tom Holden.
Lemming checks out Hawaii talent
Tom Lemming has seen a generation of Hawaii's finest football players grow up.
Lemming, a multi-media force in prep football, saw local standouts like Jason Ching and Darnell Arceneaux shine in the islands before heading to the continent years ago. The author of Tom Lemming's College Football Report, an annual magazine, was in town yesterday to catch up with the new crop of top talent.
Among his interviewees was Manti Te'o, the Punahou linebacker, who has captured the attention of BCS programs across the country.
Maekawa wins U.S. Open qualifier
Sean Maekawa of Paauilo won the U.S. Open local qualifying tournament at Waikoloa Kings' Course yesterday.
Maekawa carded a 3-under 69 to move on to the sectional qualifier in Oregon.
Maekawa, a freshman at the University of Oregon, is one more qualifier away from joining the world's best golfers at the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines Golf Course in June.
Jarett Hamamoto of Hilo and Mark Morrison of Kailua, Kona, tied for second with scores of 74. Hamamoto earned the first alternate seat with a par on the first hole of sudden-death.
Pacific's Bonk earns college golf honors
Pacific University's Max Bonk from Kamuela on the Big Island earned All-West Region honors and was named to the region all-freshman team.
Bonk was also selected as a finalist for the Golf Coaches Association of America Phil Mickelson Award. The award goes to the most outstanding freshman in Division III men's golf.
During the season, Bonk won the Northwest Conference Spring Classic and the NWC Championships.
At the NCAA Division III Championships, Bonk shot a 2-under 69 on the first day and finished the tournament tied for 28th.
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Athletes receive postseason awards
Postseason Intercollegiate Tennis Association awards were handed out yesterday with seven going to Hawaii athletes.
Three went to Hawaii Pacific University, including one to Stefan Pampulov for men's coach of the year. Players Ingrid Cseh and Daniel Luedi were named the women's and men's players to watch, respectively.
Four awards went to Brigham Young-Hawaii. Rong Ma was named men's rookie of the year.
On the women's side, Dave Porter received coach of the year and Laura Ramona Husaru was picked as senior player of the year. Elwen Li received the Player to Watch award.