Wrestling gold for Moanalua grad
Moanalua High graduate Stephany Lee won a gold medal to help the U.S. Women's Freestyle Wrestling Team to the University World Championship title yesterday in Thessoloniki, Greece.
It was Lee's second World University title in women's freestyle, having won the event in 2004. Residing at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., she competes at 72 kg (158.5 pounds).
McKibbin named to US beach team
Maddison McKibbin, an incoming senior at Punahou, was named yesterday to the U.S. Youth National beach team for the SWATCH FIVB 2008 Youth World Championship for beach volleyball, scheduled for July 30-Aug. 3, in The Hague, Netherlands.
McKibbin will team with Will Montgomery of Santa Barbara, Calif., as one of the two boys entries. McKibbin was named to the all-tournament team at the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics while playing for Outrigger Canoe Club's 17s open team this week.
Minn to run boxing commission
Local boxing icon Herbert Minn has earned a four-year term as the Hawaii State Boxing Commission's new chairman of its Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and will oversee all amateur and professional boxing matches in the islands.
The commission currently puts on monthly amateur bouts throughout the state, but Hawaii has lacked a professional bout for some time.
Minn, an 85-year-old University of Hawaii Sports Circle of Honor inductee, coached two NCAA boxing champions -- Seiji Naya and Roy Kuboyama -- in the 1950s. He is determined to see the return of pro contests to the islands.
"I won't break any laws, but I'll bend them as much as possible to bring it back," Minn said. "You have to find a star, that's the key."
Stanley helps US men win in Spain
Former Hawaii All-American Clay Stanley came off the bench to put down nine kills as the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team held off Spain to win its eighth FIVB World League pool play match, 25-19, 25-23, 27-25, yesterday before 4,610 fans at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington, Ind.
Stanley added three blocks and one ace for the Americans, improving to 8-1 in Pool C. The two teams meet again today.
» In Yokohama, Japan, the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team dropped a heartbreaker to NORCECA zone rival Cuba yesterday, 22-25, 17-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-11, on day three of the round robin FIVB World Grand Prix final round.
Former Hawaii All-American middle Heather Bown had five kills, a block and an ace in the loss. Punahou graduate Lindsey Berg had 11 assists at setter.
"It was a great game," said Berg, the team captain. "We played better than in the last two days. We did well in the first and second sets, but then lacked a bit of aggression."
Island Movers split in Japan
The Hawaii Island Movers baseball team opened its tour of Japan with a split against two Japanese teams.
On Thursday, the Movers overcame four errors to defeat Osaka Gakuin 4-3 at the Senriyama Grounds. Kyle Kanaeholo and Devin Davis each had two hits, and Jimmy Legsay, the second Movers pitcher, picked up the win.
Yesterday, the Hawaii team fell to the Kwansai & Kwansei All-Stars 3-1, giving up three runs in the bottom of the sixth at the Kwansei Grounds. Catcher Aaron Fujiki had two of the Movers' five hits.
Chaminade earns inaugural service award
The Chaminade athletic department received the inaugural Pacific West Conference Community Engagement Award during yesterday's function recognizing outgoing Silversword athletic director Kaia Hedlund.
The award recognizes community service by an athletic program.
Chaminade also received recognition from the NCAA Division II and National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators as an independent winner in the NCAA Community Engagement Award for Excellence competition.
Hawaii-Hilo won the inaugural Commissioner's Cup, recognizing the top athletic program in the conference, while Notre Dame de Namur received the Athletic Achievement Award for having the best grade point average among all of the PacWest programs.
Tinman volunteers still needed
Organizers for this month's Tinman Triathlon are still seeking volunteers for the July 20 race.
Needed are 30 marshals for the run course, 30 for the bike/run transition course, set-up crew for July 19 and break-down crew for July 20.
Contact Joan Davis at 955-0902 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Kailua wins Wood Bat Classic
The Kailua "Boys of Summer" American Legion baseball team topped Central Valley of Spokane, Wash., 3-1, to win the Junior Division championship of the 4th of July Wood Bat Classic at Lake Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Keenan Kaluau and Alika Ramseyer-Ho combined on a six-hitter in the title game. Pono Hoopii went 3-for-4 and Bob Lastimosa added the other Kailua hit at McEuen Field.
Lastimosa and Kale Sumner each drove in runs to help Kailua to a 5-1 victory over Yakima, Wash., in the semifinal. Bryson Gauthe picked up a complete-game win, striking out seven and giving up four hits.