Hawaii's Andy Irons edged out Australian Michael Campbell to win the Op Pro Surfing championship yesterday at Huntington Beach, Calif.
Irons wins Op Pro
Irons, ranked 36th on the World Championship Tour, earned the victory after a hard-fought one-on-one heat. Irons outscored Campbell, 27.90 to 26.10. Irons earned $15,000 for the win.
Both Irons and Campbell faced difficult competition to get to the finals.
Irons first met fellow Hawaii surfer John Shimooka, easily beating him 20.25 to 13.50. But in the semifinals, Irons narrowly beat another Hawaii surfer, Shane Dorian, 18.00 to 17.90.
Campbell, ranked 10th on the world tour, squeezed past Shane Beschen of California, 19.85 to 19.25. In the semifinals, Campbell had even closer competition, edging out Pat O'Connell of Laguna Niguel 20.40 to 20.35.
KOMINE THROWS NO-HITTER: Shane Komine tossed a no-hitter, striking out 13 an walking none as Hawaii beat Oregon, 8-0, in the Little League Big League regional tournament yesterday at Auburn, Wash.
KANEOHE LOSES: Colin Kaneshiro, Jason Taniguchi and Korey Shinagawa each had two hits but Kaneohe lost to Oregon, 8-7, at the Little League Senior Division (14-15 year olds) regional tournament yesterday at Boise, Idaho.
Hawaii, 1-1 in the double elimination tournament, plays Montana today.
HAWAII iMPROVES TO 3-2: Layson Meneses had three hits, including a home run, as Hawaii improved to 3-2 in pool play by beating Nebraska, 5-1, in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association tournament for 11-year-olds.
WARRIORS LOSE IN SEVEN: The Hawaii Warriors suffered their first loss, to Bloomington, Minn., in the first round of the 10-under AAU National Baseball Championships in Kansas City, Mo., in seven innings.
AIEA TEAM SWEEPS: Aiea eliminated Lancaster, Calif., with a 19-15 win in the PONY Bronco Division West Zone Tournament at Whittier, Calif., yesterday.
Aiea shut out Mt. Lake Terrace, Wash., 15-0, in its second game. Catcher Blake Lamug's home run and four RBIs against Lancaster and Dustin Goto's double, triple and three RBIs versus Mt. Lake Terrace helped Aiea move into the next round.
MACDONALD TAKES SECOND: Eri Macdonald's second-place finish in the young women's 800-meter finals was the best showing among Hawaii's competitors at the USA Track and Field Jr. Olympics National Championships at Seattle.
There also were three fourth-place finishes: Bryan Clay in the young men's decathlon and long jump, and Victoria Chang in the intermediate girls 3,000-meter run.
There were four sixth-place finishes: Jacob Wides in the bantam boys high jump, Lenore Harris in the young women's 400-meter intermediate hurdles, Endia Abrante in the young women's 400-meters, and the Hawaii Select Team (Pippa Macdonald, Kristen Shinkawa, Aala Lyman and Lauran Dignam) in the youth girls 4x800-meter relay.
Abrante also took seventh in the young women's 200 meters.
ISLAND MOVERS WIN: Ian Jones pitched seven scoreless innings and two relievers preserved the shutout as the Hawaii Island Movers beat the Hiroshima Big Six yesterday in the Hawaii International Championship Tournament at Rainbow Stadium.
In the day's first game, Seigo Miyabata and Kiyonori Tokuyama each had three hits as the Kansai All-Stars beat the Aloha Knights, 8-3.
OHANA SURF WINS: Former University of Hawaii teammates Rick Tune and Erik Pichel continued to connect yesterday to help Ohana Surf I to the championship of the inaugural Elite 4-Man Grass Volleyball Tournament at Sea Life Park.
Also on the winning team were former Rainbow Masui Allen and Pepperdine's Scott Wong. Finishing second was Carpet Tech with Marc Haine, Clay Stanley and Ryan and Milo Hanneberg.
Ten teams competed for more than $2,000 in prizes.