Silva joins students in Hall of Fame


POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2008

If not for Al Silva, there would've been no world champion after the name Jesus Salud.

He also helped Brian Viloria get to the Olympics, and Andy Ganigan on the way to being named one of the 100 greatest punchers of all-time by no less an authority than Ring magazine.

And that's just the cream of the crop he trained for decades at Waipahu Recreation Center. Silva steered lots of other young people positively via the discipline of boxing.

So it was an easy decision to vote him into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame yesterday to join Salud and Ganigan. The 91-year-old Silva will be feted Feb. 24 at the hall's annual induction banquet at Honolulu Country Club.

Surfers Lynne Boyer and Gerry Lopez and taekwando champion Dae Sung Lee will also be enshrined.

» The Honolulu Marathon will give resident division winners Matt Stevens and Susan Burr (as well as kamaaina winners Jonathan Lyau and Rani Tanimoto) $2,500 each toward expenses to run in another marathon anywhere in the U.S.

Stevens is the former Hawaii Baptist Academy star who won all the distance events at the state meet a few years back, only to be overshadowed by a guy named Bryan Clay. Sunday's marathon was just his third, which makes his mark of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 56 seconds pretty impressive.

He said he won't use his prize to run the Boston Marathon, because it would be bad timing.

“;My wife (Lesley) was out there at 5 in the morning (Sunday) cheering me on, five months pregnant,”; Stevens said. “;There's no way I'm going to be at Boston a week before her due date.”;

» Race director Jon Cross thanked Star-Bulletin reporter Katherine Nichols for pointing out that the runners originally listed as the winners in the resident category probably didn't live here.

“;She saved us on this,”; Cross said. “;And it helped us clarify our (six months) residence requirement.”;

» While the Hula Bowl outlived its relevance in many ways, it did give University of Hawaii seniors and local prep stars at the end of their college careers a chance to impress scouts and play in front of the home, er, for lack of a better word, crowd.

The death of the game is bad timing for Solomon Elimimian and Adam Leonard. They certainly deserve to play in an all-star game, but haven't got anything yet.

» Easy to sum up the final UH volleyball match. The Wahine simply ran into a buzz saw. What can you do?

» Memo to Keith Amemiya and Mufi Hannemann: Next year, augment the Polynesia high school football stars with five-stars from California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska and call it the Pacific Challenge. That should even it up.

» Micah Pavich, 31, steps in as the Punahou boys track and field head coach. All he's got to do is defend the state championship the Buffanblu won with his dad at the helm last year.

“;A lot of track coaches don't make an effort to make it a team,”; he said. “;I'll try to be similar to (his father, Mike Pavich) in that way. Things like going to the meets together and leaving them together.”;