Hawaii's Kekoa Bacalso cut back on a wave during the championship round of the SriLankan Airlines Pro surfing tournament yesterday at Pasta Point, Maldives. Bacalso defeated Hawaii's Dustin Barca in the finals to win the tournament.
Wichmann sixth in heptathlon
Annett Wichmann scored a school-record 5,670 points to finish sixth in the heptathlon at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships yesterday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Hawaii senior earned All-America status and joined teammates Amber Kaufman and Emily Sheppard, who were fifth and sixth in the high jump Friday.
UH scored 10 points to tie for 25th in the team standings, the highest for the Rainbow Wahine in school history. They were 32nd in 1984.
Heading into the second day of the heptathlon, Wichmann stood in 12th place. She slipped in the standings following the day's first event, in which she placed 21st in the long jump (18-5). Wichmann gained ground after the javelin. Her throw of 153-7 was a personal best and moved her into eighth place overall.
With sixth place within reach, Wichmann completed the 800-meter run final in 2:19.18 to cap her best effort in the heptathlon.
Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson captured her fourth straight NCAA heptathlon title with a total of 6,053 points.
Area judo hopefuls fall short
Hawaii's Melinda Swanson and Andrew Hung came up short in their attempts to make the U.S. Olympic judo team yesterday.
Swanson, a member of Hawaii Tenri, lost to Denver's Heidi Moore by ippon in the final of the women's over-171.9-pound division at the U.S. Olympic trials in Las Vegas. Hung lost to Travis Stevens in the semifinals of the men's 178.5-pound division.
At the U.S. wrestling trials, Baldwin graduate Grant Nakamura lost to Henry Cejudo in the quarterfinals of the men's 121-pound division.
On Friday, Hawaii's Taylor Takata (judo) and Clarissa Chun (wrestling) won their divisions to earn a spot on the U.S. team's heading to Beijing.
100th Manoa Cup tees off
The 100th Manoa Cup opens tomorrow at Oahu Country Club with the qualifying round for the state amateur match-play championship.
The top 63 qualfiers advance to the match-play bracket which begins Tuesday. Defending champion Kurt Nino is automatically awarded the top seed in the nation's fourth-longest running tournament.
Matches continue Wednesday and Thursday with the quarterfinals and semifinals on Friday. The 36-hole championship match is set for Saturday.
Tomorrow's round includes a foursome of past champions in Jack Omuro (1960), Art Fujita (1964), Paul Spengler Jr. (1969) and Guy Yamamoto (1985, '92).
Niumatalolo to talk at QB Club
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo is scheduled to speak at the Honolulu Quarterback Club tomorrow.
Niumatalolo is a former Hawaii and Radford High quarterback.
Other speakers are Hawaii High School Athletic Association executive director Keith Amemiya and Roosevelt High athletic director John Chung.
Lunch at the Pagoda Hotel International Ballroom begins at 11:30 a.m., with the first speaker at the podium at noon. The public is invited.
Stanley hammers 9 kills in U.S. win
Former Hawaii standout Clay Stanley had nine kills to help the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team defeat Finland yesterday 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 in an FIVB World League match in Espoo, Finland.
Stanley also had a block and an ace. Another former Warrior, Delano Thomas, added a kill and an ace.
The U.S. Men improved their World League record to 2-0 and took the lead in Pool C, ahead of Bulgaria with a 1-0 record. Bulgaria defeated visiting Spain yesterday, 33-31, 25-19, 25-17.
Team USA returns home to play Bulgaria on June 20-21 in Hoffman Estates, Ind.
» Heather Bown had six kills and a block, and Kim Willoughby added six kills in the U.S. women volleyball team's 25-16, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 15-8 exhibition loss to Brazil yesterday in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Robyn Ah Mow-Santos started at setter for the U.S and Punahou graduate Lindsey Berg also saw action. The teams agreed to five sets regardless of the outcome to help evaluate players for the Olympics.
Maekawa wins Publinks qualifier
Sean Maekawa shot even-par 142 to claim medalist honors at the U.S. Amateur Public Links sectional qualifier yesterday at Hilo Municipal Golf Course.
Pono Calip finished six strokes back at 148 in the 36-hole qualifier and won the first-alternate spot by making birdie on the first hole of a playoff with Matt Kitamori. Maekawa, a University of Oregon freshman, will join Kauai's Kellen Watabu at the USAPL in Aurora, Colo., July 14-19.
» Bradley Shigezawa and Alika Bell both shot 70s to tie for the first-round lead in the Boys 15-18 division at the Callaway Junior World qualifier at Kaanapali Golf Resort. Cassy Isagawa leads the Girls 13-14 division. Sian Rogers and Kristeene Locke lead the 10-and-under divisions.
The division winners advance to next month's Junior World Championship in Southern California.