Waracka wins softball award
Kamehameha pitcher Amber Waracka was named the Gatorade Hawaii Softball Player of the Year yesterday.
Waracka, the Star-Bulletin All-State Player of the Year, went 14-1 with a 0.27 earned-run average and 149 strikeouts for the Warriors (16-1). She posted three shutouts in the state tournament to lead Kamehameha to the Division I title.
She carried a B average in the classroom and has signed a letter of intent to play at Hawaii-Hilo next season.
She follows Kelly Kaaihili (1998) and Erin Sing Chow (2002) as Kamehameha players to win the award.
Local athletes receive diversity award
Student-athletes from Hawaii were recently named as recipients of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards.
Among the winners were University of Washington volleyball player Ashley Aratani (Iolani '04), soccer player Stephen Fung (Iolani '06) and track athlete Lauren Ho (Hawaii Baptist '06). Also honored were Arizona State's Brandon Rodd (football, Aiea '03), UC Irvine's Chelsea Nagata (swimming, Maui '04) and Winthrop's Pohai Nu'uhiwa (volleyball, Punahou '05).
The awards, presented by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine, were established in 1992 to honor undergraduate students of color who excel both academically and athletically.
Tennis teams advance to nationals
Six over-35 teams advanced to the USTA League Tennis National Championships by winning their divisions at the Hawaii Section Championships last weekend on the Big Island. Women's teams advancing were Hilo Gurlz (level 3.0), Wailuku Wild Wahine (3.5) and Senior Moments (4.0). Men's winners were Net Worth (3.0), Clean Sweep (3.5) and KRC (4.0).