Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, March 20, 1997

Wong picks Pepperdine;
Neverdon going to UH

By Pat Bigold

Scott Wong, who earned honors at Punahou as one of the state's best volleyball and basketball players, has decided to accept a volleyball scholarship from Pepperdine.

Also, University High's Elijah Neverdon said last night he has committed to play volleyball at the University of Hawaii.

Neverdon, a 6-foot-3 middle blocker who also was an ILH all-star basketball player, led UHS to the state volleyball finals last season.

The 6-6 Wong, an outside hitter, chose Pepperdine over the University of California-Santa Barbara, UCLA, the University of Southern California and Hawaii.

"I like the small-school atmosphere, right on the beach, too," said Wong, who was a four-year starter with the Buffanblu and led them to a state title last season. "And they have a great coach in Marv Dunphy."

Dunphy is former coach of the U.S. National Team.

Wong was selected to the Star-Bulletin's all-state basketball team this year and was a three-time ILH all-star.

His Outrigger Canoe Club team placed second last summer in the Junior Olympics in San Jose, Calif. Wong has been a 16-under and 18-under USVA All-American.

Iolani soccer's Barry resigns

Bob Barry, one of the most successful soccer coaches in state high school history, has resigned his post at Iolani School.

Barry led the Raiders to five Hawaii High School Athletic Association championships, including the first one in 1974.

Barry's other title years were in 1975, 1979, 1987 and 1988.

He has spent the past year assisting with the Division I soccer program at the University of Richmond. He had originally planned to return to coach Iolani in the 1997-98 season. But his wife, Beth, said her husband recently decided he would only teach at Iolani next school year.

Barry is expected to return to Hawaii from Richmond on May 1.

She said that he has turned down an offer to coach soccer at Vassar.

Myles Arakawa coached Iolani in Barry's absence last season, leading the Raiders to both the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and HHSAA titles.

Arakawa, the former Iolani junior varsity coach, is the leading candidate for the Raiders' head coaching job.

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