Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wilson, Fujikawa out; Wie plays on

Honolulu's Michelle Wie overcame missing seven putts from inside 10 feet yesterday to shoot a 3-under 69 for a two-day total of 5-under 139. She is tied for sixth, six shots behind second-day leader Brittany Lincicome in the LPGA Tour event in Clifton, N.J.

Wie played well from tee to green, but needed 30 putts to complete her round. She is averaging nearly 271 yards off the tee. At least she made it through to the weekend. Such was not the case for former Kaneohe resident Dean Wilson and Moanalua High senior Tadd Fujikawa at the Valero Texas Open.

Wilson couldn't overcome a quadruple bogey at the second to shoot a 4-over 74 for a two-day total of 1-over 141. He missed the cut by two shots. Fujikawa carded a 1-over 71 yesterday to finish at 3-over 143. He was playing on a sponsor's exemption.

Wahine track team in second place

The University of Hawaii women's track and field team earned three more medals on the third day of the 2009 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Logan, Utah, yesterday.

Jessica Custance won the second gold medal of the meet for the Wahine in the pole vault. The senior cleared 12 feet, 7 1/2 inches.

Annett Wichmann won a silver in the javelin (158 feet, 10 inches), while Kai Schmidt took home a bronze (146 feet, 4 inches).

Going into today's final day of competition, Hawaii is in second place in the team standings with 54 points, trailing Nevada, which leads with 62.5 points.

Hawaii softball signs Aussie

Kaia Parnaby, a left-handed pitcher from New South Wales, Australia, became the third player to join the University of Hawaii softball team's 2010 recruiting class.

Parnaby, a hard-throwing 5-foot-5 southpaw, is a member of the under-19 New South Wales and Australian national squads.

Big Boyz championship today

The Lighthouse Saints will face the Kalihi Disciples in the Pacific Big Boyz Football League championship game tonight at 7 at Waipahu High School field.

For more information, call 542-1001 or visit http://www.leaguelineup.com/bigboyz.

Aina beats Evangelista on Showtime

Hilo's Mike Aina handed Billy Evangelista his first professional loss, winning by disqualification in the main event of last night's StrikeForce Challenger Series event at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif.

Kaleo Kwan fought on the undercard portion of the event broadcast on Showtime and lost a unanimous decision to Thomas Diagne.


Seasiders fall in tennis quarters

The top-ranked Brigham Young-Hawaii women's tennis team lost to second-ranked Lynn (Florida), 5-3, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II national championships yesterday at Altamonte Springs, Fla.

Elwen Li and Yuan Jia won at No. 1 doubles 9-8 (5) in the match that continued after being halted a day earlier because of rain.

Down 2-1 after doubles play, the Seasiders, whose season ended at 27-1, fought back to take a 3-2 lead behind Li, who won in No. 1 singles, defeating Katerine Jiskrova, 6-0, 6-2, and Wen-Ling Wang, who defeated Jessica Yanoff, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 4 singles.

But Lynn won at Nos. 3, 5 and 6 singles to clinch the match.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii Pacific women's team fell to fourth-ranked Valdosta State (Georgia), 5-2, also in the NCAA Division II quarterfinals. HPU ended its season at 17-8.

» The Hawaii Pacific men's team fell to top-ranked Armstrong Atlantic State (Georgia), 5-1 in the NCAA Division II semifinals.

The sixth-ranked Sea Warriors' season ended at 16-5.

Sea Warriors softball signs 2

The Hawaii Pacific softball team signed Erin Fujita and Nicole Morrow, teammates on the Washington Sidewinders Fastpitch Club to national letters of intent.

Fujita earned All-State honors at Thomas Jefferson High School in Auburn, Wash., batting .537 with a slugging percentage of .780.

Morrow batted .500 with a .625 slugging percentage at John Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash., and was selected to the Tacoma News Tribune All-Area first team.