Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Another award for UH's Wong

A day after producing in a U.S. National Team win, Kolten Wong picked up another award. He became the first University of Hawaii player in 16 years to be named to the Baseball America Freshman All-American team.

Andrew McNally made it in 1993.

Wong has also been named to Freshman All-American teams by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball, Ping! and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

The National Team completed a five-game sweep of Canada with a 5-3 win Monday in which Wong went 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs and three runs.

It will play six more games before leaving for Japan for the 37th USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Championship starting July 11.

The U.S. National Team season ends July 26 at the World Baseball Challenge Finals in Prince George, British Columbia.

Kauai tops Oahu in summer league

The Kauai Menehune defeated the Oahu Paddlers 4-1 yesterday in Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League action at Central Oahu Regional Park.

Catcher Jeff Carino had three of his team's 12 hits and Erik Wallace pitched seven strong innings to carry the Menehune.

Marshall Yanzick went 2-for-4 in the loss for the Paddlers, while Austin Drewyer gave up just one earned run in 6 1/3 innings in defeat.

New Na Koa director to talk

Don Weir, the recently appointed executive director of the Na Koa Booster Club, will speak tomorrow at noon at Oahu Country Club.

He will outline the club's upcoming activities and give an outlook for the upcoming Warrior football season.

Lunch is $20. For more information call 524-0330 extension 2.


Chow returns to coaching roots

It's a summer afternoon in Waikiki. But Norm Chow is working like it's fall in Westwood.

Chow, now the UCLA offensive coordinator, is back in town to coach in the All-Poly Camp at Kapiolani Park. His career has taken him from BYU to USC to the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, but working the camp—which drew more than 300 players—conjures memories of his early years at Waialua High School.

“;Whatever level you coach it's all the same,”; Chow said. “;You coach young people and try to make them better, help them a little bit. It's been fun.”;

Chow is among coaches with Hawaii ties participating in the first All-Poly Camp to be held in Hawaii. The group includes Brian Cabral (Colorado), Joe Seumalo (Oregon State), Chad Kauhaahaa (Utah State) and Abu Maafala (Louisville). Hawaii was represented yesterday by Dave Aranda, Gordie Shaw, Brian Smith and Tony Tuioti.

Nike combine coming to Hawaii

Tyler McClaughry of ESPN announced to the campers that the company is bringing a Nike Football Combine to Hawaii next year. The NFL style combine is tentatively scheduled for early next year at Aloha Stadium.

ESPN runs 17 Nike combines across the country, sending highlights to college coaches.

“;We're really excited for a great partnership,”; said McClaughry, who said the talent level at this week's camp helped seal the decision.

Camp concludes with scrimmage

While the first two days were heavy on fundamentals, the camp closes this morning with a full-contact scrimmage.

“;That's why I came to this camp again,”; said Kapolei linebacker Shaydon Akuna, who also participated in All-Poly's Utah camp in June. “;I wanted to play in the scrimmage so I can show the coaches what I can bring.”;

Akuna already has scholarship offers from Hawaii and several Pac-10 schools.

Jason Kaneshiro, Star-Bulletin