California prep QB commits to UH
Corey Nielsen had two words to describe his trip to Hawaii this week.
The California prep quarterback committed to sign with the Warriors yesterday, accepting a scholarship offer from the team. He can make the commitment official when the signing period for football opens in February.
Nielsen, an incoming senior at Gahr High School in Cerritos, Calif., passed for 4,363 yards and 35 touchdowns against five interceptions last season. His mother is a Punahou graduate and said UH has long been his "number one school." He accepted the offer while attending the Hawaii Football Skills Camp being held this week.
He joins Saint Louis receiver Billy Ray Stutzmann as early commitments for the Warriors freshman class of 2009.
English playing for Canada
Former Hawaii basketball player Carl English scored 12 points to help Canada stay alive in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament with a 79-77 win over Korea yesterday in Athens, Greece.
Canada rallied from an 18-point deficit to advance to the quarterfinals to face Croatia tomorrow. English scored five points on Tuesday as Canada opened with an 86-70 loss to Slovenia.
The two semifinal winners and the winner of Sunday's third-place game will earn the final spots in the 12-team field for the Games in Beijing.
Kaimuki's Kim falls at Public Links
Chan Kim, the 2006 state champion from Kaimuki who is currently living in Chandler, Ariz., lost to Andrew Paulson, 3 and 2, in the first round of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship yesterday at Aurora, Calif.
The winner of the event at the par-71 Murphy Creek Golf Course gets to play in the 2009 Masters.
Wahine volleyball camp openings
Openings remain in three upcoming Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Camps.
The 28th annual camps are open to boys and girls, entering grades 4-12. Sessions are 1-5 p.m. on July 20-23, July 24-27 and Aug. 4-7.
The cost is $160 per session. For more information, call 956-2496 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Web site is www.hawaiiathletics.com/camps.html.
Movers lose to Osaka
Osaka Gakuin defeated the Hawaii Island Movers 3-1 in seven innings yesterday at Senriyama Ground in Japan.
Despite scoring the first run in the top of the first, the Movers gave up one run each in the third, fourth and fifth innings.
Aaron Fujiki and Kalehua Moniz each had a double to lead the Movers in the loss.
The Movers also lost to Osaka Gakuin on Tuesday 3-2.