Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Friday, May 08, 2009

Willoughby tests positive for steroid

Trouble continues to follow former Hawaii volleyball All-American Kim Willoughby.

Yesterday, the Italian Olympic Committee said the 28-year-old Olympic silver medalist tested positive for the steroid nandrolone following an April 5 match between her Italian club Perugia and Cesena.

Willoughby is facing a first-degree assault charge in state court for an incident involving another woman outside Pipeline Cafe on Dec. 16, 2006. Her trial is scheduled to begin May 25. However, the court recently scheduled a change-of-plea hearing for May 18.

Willoughby has been free on bail since last September.


Wahine stay alive in WAC softball

Senior right fielder Tanisha Milca homered to open the game and help the Hawaii softball team stay alive in the Western Athletic Conference tournament with a 10-2 victory over Boise State yesterday in Fresno, Calif.

Milca and junior first baseman Amanda Tauali'i had three RBIs apiece as the Rainbow Wahine (30-23) eliminated the Broncos. The game was shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. UH freshman pitcher Stephanie Ricketts (22-10) gave up four hits to pick up the win.

The Wahine face Nevada (37-16) in another elimination game today (1:30 p.m. Hawaii time).



HPU falls in baseball tourney

Grand Canyon battered five Hawaii Pacific pitchers for 22 hits in drilling the Sea Warriors 19-7 in a winner's bracket game of the PacWest-Puerto Rico Little World Series yesterday in St. George, Utah.

Cheynne Hirota homered and drove in two runs for HPU in the seven-inning, 10-run-rule-shortened game at Bruce Hurst Field.

The tournament continues through tomorrow.


3 tennis teams to D-II championships

The unbeaten and top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team is one of three isle teams headed to next week's NCAA Division II national championships in Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Also winning their respective West regionals yesterday were the men's teams from BYU-Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific.

The Seasiders women (26-0) shut out No. 31 Cal State Stanislaus yesterday 5-0, winning all three doubles matches and dropping just two sets in the two singles matches that were completed. BYUH was leading in the four other singles matches when play was halted.

» In men's play at the Kailua Racquet Club, No. 5 Hawaii Pacific (14-5) defeated No. 29 UC San Diego 5-1. The Sea Warriors' lone loss came at No. 3 doubles.

» At the BYUH courts, the Seasiders men (16-4) outlasted Hawaii-Hilo 5-4 in a match that went more than 5 1/2 hours. Tied at 4-4, BYUH's deciding point came at No. 2 singles when Agnel Peter rallied past Luiz Gonzaga 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (7).