MARQUETTE, Mich. - Walter Salas was the only Hawaii boxer to advance to today's finals of the 2000 Junior Olympic National Championship.
Salas advances to
national boxing final
Salas, of Waianae, decisioned George Lopez of Long Beach, Calif., 4-1. Salas will take on Enrique Gutierrez of Santa Rosa, Calif., today in the 147-pound title bout.
If Salas wins, he will be compete for the U.S. team at the World Junior Championships, July 4-9, also in Marquette. Only two other Hawaii boxers have won at this level: Brian Viloria and Sampson Guillermo.
Three other Hawaii boxers were eliminated in their semifinals yesterday. Ronald Cordeiro of Waianae fell to James Lester of Michigan, 5-0, in the 106-pound bout; Brian Battease of Mililani lost a 5-0 decision to California's Luis Loazano at 119 pounds, and Glenn Miyose from Waianae lost a 4-1 decision to Lorenzo Reynolds of Michigan at 125 pounds.
AOP names BlanchetteDave Blanchette has been named the new director of athletes at the Academy of the Pacific.
Blanchette, who has been a a coach at Punahou and Damien, replaces Chris Bisho. Bisho is the new varsity football coach at Damien.
Bragado's team oustedHawaii's Danalee Bragado and teammate Ali Wood lost twice to Misty May and Holly McPeak yesterday in the qualifying portion of the Swiss Open women's pro beach doubles volleyball tournament at Gstaad, Switzerland, yesterday.
May and McPeak gained the fourth and final U.S. spot in the 32-team main draw. They recorded a pair of 15-5 wins over the 15th-seeded Bragado-Wood.
Polo match SundayThe Honolulu Polo Club match Sunday at the Waimanalo Field begins at 2:30 p.m.
The gates open at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 per person with children under age 10 admitted free.
For more information, call 396-0494.
Pua Melia golf nearsThe 24th annual Pua Melia golf tournament is July 20-21 at the Olomana Links.
The entry deadline is July 1.
The event is for women ages 18-and-older with an established handicap index of 32.2 or USGA handicap of 36 or less as of June 11, 2000.
The cost of $120 includes shared carts, a practice round and an awards luncheon. Applications are available at Olomana Links.
Centeio surfs to winJoel Centeio won the junior men's division in the Maresia International Surfing Association World Surfing Games 2000 held at Porto de Galinhas, Pernambuco, Brazil.
He is the second surfer from Hawaii to win this division. Kalani Robb did it in 1994.
Centeio's effort helped Hawaii finish second in the team division. It was Hawaii's best finish ever.
Melanie Bartels and Chasity Baltazar, also from Hawaii, finished second in the women's surfing and women's bodyboard divisions, respectively. Maui's Noah Shimabukuro took second in the longboard division.
Paddleboard race setThe first Ko'olaupoko Classic 2000 paddleboard race is scheduled for July 8.
The race is in commemoration of the late Cline Mann, Outrigger Canoe Club member and a longtime supporter of Hawaiian ocean sports.
There will be unlimited, stock, age, iron and relay divisions. Entry fee is $35. For more information, call Evan Rhodes, Eric Rhodes or Paki Vaughn at 923-1585.