Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009

Retiring UH coach speaks at QB Club

The Honolulu Quarterback Club welcomes former University of Hawaii men's volleyball coach Mike Wilton and Team Aloha head basketball coach Dana Takahara-Dias to tomorrow's meeting at the International Ballroom at the Pagoda Hotel.

The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m., with the program starting at noon. Wilton will talk about his recent retirement and new assistant's job with the women's volleyball program at Brigham Young University. Takahara-Dias will discuss Team Aloha's recent trip to Arizona.

UH water polo team plays for fifth

Sixth-seeded Hawaii scored two goals in the final 68 seconds of overtime, including Saara Majuri's game-winner with 23 seconds remaining, to defeat No. 7 San Diego State 10-9 in a consolation semifinal of the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament yesterday at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center.

The Rainbow Wahine take on fifth-seeded San Jose State in today's fifth-place game at 1:30 p.m. The Spartans topped eighth seed Arizona State 16-13.

San Diego State and Arizona State meet for seventh place at noon.

The win keeps Hawaii's hopes alive for an at-large berth in next month's NCAA championship. The Rainbow Wahine probably need to finish fifth to continue their season.

Rainbow Wahine split doubleheader

The Hawaii softball team won its fourth straight Western Athletic Conference series, but dropped back in the league standings with a doubleheader split against New Mexico State yesterday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

After dropping the opener 3-1, the Wahine routed the Aggies 11-3 in five innings to clinch the series.

Makani Duhaylonsod-Kaleimamahu went 3-for-3 and hit her first career grand slam in the second game. Kanani Pu'u-Warren and Audrey Andrade also homered for UH.

Tanisha Milca homered in the sixth inning of the first game to break up NMSU's no-hit bid, but the Aggies held on.

UH (26-22, 12-6) began the day tied for second in the WAC, but fell into third place behind Nevada and Fresno State, which swept their series.

Maruyama picked to lead 'Iolani

The last time Eddie Maruyama was a head coach, he helped bring a championship banner to the rafters of Moanalua High School's gym.

As of yesterday, Maruyama is in position to steer title banners to 'Iolani. Maruyama was named the girls basketball coach, replacing Marlene Zeug, who was released from the position two weeks ago. He will remain as a co-athletic director at 'Iolani.

In 1980, Na Menehune won an Oahu Interscholastic Association boys basketball title under his direction. He coached until 1999, when he accepted the position of athletic director at Radford. He came to 'Iolani in 2004.


UH-Hilo baseball team takes 2

Strong performances by starting pitchers Amber Waracka and Sarah Weisskopf propelled Hawaii-Hilo to 7-0 and 7-1 victories over Chaminade yesterday in Hilo.

Waracka allowed only two hits and fanned eight over seven scoreless innings for the Vulcans (24-20, 13-8) in the first game. In the nightcap, Weisskopf scattered three hits and allowed an earned run while striking out three.

Vulcan offense strong in sweep

Hawaii-Hilo defeated Hawaii Pacific 8-2 and 14-6 yesterday in Waipahu.

Vulcan Kekoa Lee pitched a shutout and struck out seven in Game 1. In Game 2, Keoni Manago led Hawaii-Hilo (20-17, 11-11), hitting 4-for-5 with four runs and two RBIs.