Kessell leads PacWest squad
Pitcher of the year Courtney Kessell and co-coaches of the year Howard Okita and Bryan Nakasone of Hawaii Pacific landed major honors as the PacWest Conference announced its all-conference softball team yesterday.
Okita and Nakasone guided HPU to a 43-5-1 record.
Dixie State pitcher/third baseman Haley Schumers was named Player of the Year.
Brittany Dock of Hawaii-Hilo took the first-team catcher and second-team designated player spots.
Kessell, who went 23-2 with a 1.27 ERA, was among nine Sea Warriors to be honored. The others are first-teamers Nicole Kalakau (first base), Krystal Plunkett (shortstop), Ciera Senas (outfield), Sherise Musquiz (pitcher) and Jessica Adolpho (designated player). Second-teamers are Casey Sugihara (second base), Tajia Acierto (outfield) and Anuhea Young (catcher).
Melissa Lehano represents Brigham Young-Hawaii as second-team third baseman.
Kicking off: Chaminade gets soccer coach.
UH sailing team stuck in 15th
The Hawaii sailing team remained in 15th place after the second day of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association Women's National Championship at Newport, R.I.
The Rainbow Wahine had 372 points after 14 races. Becky Mabardy and Darla Baldwin tallied 215 points in the A Division. Hanna Tuson-Turner and Jackie McLoughin posted 152 points in the B Division. Yale leads the regatta, which concludes today, with 147 points.
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Kelley to lead Chaminade soccer
Jason Kelley has been hired as Chaminade's men's soccer coach.
Kelley played professionally in Australia and England from 1993 to '98 and has been coaching and overseeing player selection for the Hawaii Olympic Development Program. He also served as executive director and head coach of the Richmond Kickers from 2000 to '04 and worked with the Mililani Soccer Club as assistant director of coaching.
HPU signs 3 from Cerritos hoops
The Hawaii Pacific women's basketball team signed three players from Cerritos Community College for next season.
Maltresa Neely and Genesis Lewis, both forwards, shared South Coast Conference South Division player of the year honors last season. Neely averaged 13.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. Lewis contributed 10.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Tiffany Wilson was a first-team all-conference selection and averaged 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists. The three players helped lead Cerritos to the conference championship and a 26-9 record.