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Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, June 28, 2000

A paradise for hoop play

Here's an opportunity to see a new potential local high school basketball star and bid farewell to another.

Today, the 2000 Basketball in Paradise Tournament at Iolani School and other sites begins. It runs through Saturday.

In the boys' division, teams from Iolani, Kamehameha, Mid-Pacific and Maryknoll compete with teams from Missouri, Kansas and two from Oklahoma.

Derek Low, an incoming freshman at Iolani, is already a playground legend.

In the girls' division, 13 Hawaii teams and nine mainland entries compete.

The girls' games are at the Leilehua, Campbell, Radford, and Kalaheo gyms.

This may be the final opportunity to see two-time Hawaii Ms. Basketball Brandy Richardson play here. Richardson, who starred at Kalaheo, is moving to California and will play her senior season at national powerhouse Brea Olinda High School.

The tournaments are sponsored by the HWB Foundation, a branch of Hawaii Winter Baseball.

Camping with Alika

Former Kalaheo and University of Hawaii standout Alika Smith will help his dad, Mustang coach Pete Smith, at the third annual Pete Smith Basketball Camp, July 24-28 at the Kalaheo gym.

The camp is for boys and girls, 8-17.

The fee is $110 per session, with family discounts available. Call 597-8212 for more information.

Best of the West back

The Best of the West Classic has returned to Hawaii after a one-year hiatus due to last summer's resurfacing of Aloha Stadium.

The 19-and-under baseball tournament, which continues through Saturday, features three Hawaii and three Mainland teams.

In its six years here, local fans have seen 350 future college players and over 100 who were drafted by the pros or signed pro contracts.

Jacque Jones, now the starting center fielder for the Minnesota Twins, played on the Mission Bay, Calif., team that won the first tournament in 1993.

Four games at Aloha Stadium begin daily at 10 a.m. through Friday. Saturday's title game is at 12:30 p.m.

Among those competing will be Star-Bulletin first-team all-state shortstop Rodney Choy Foo (Kailua).

St. Louis pitcher Brandon League, one of the state's top prospects in the class of 2001, is another top local player to watch.

Nice shootin'

St. Louis senior-to-be Ryan Tanoue placed 11th overall, and won the "A" class (the second-highest) last weekend in the 2000 USA Shooting National Championships' men's air riflery competition in Atlanta. The event served as the final qualifier for the U.S. Olympic team.

Comings and goings

The Academy of the Pacific has appointed Dave Blanchette director of athletics He succeeds Chris Bisho, who is now the Damien varsity head football coach. ... Twin sisters and Kamehameha soccer standouts Robin and Jenny deHay are splitting up in the fall. Robin is headed to Stanford, and Jenny to LSU. They watched the College World Series championship game of two weeks ago with much interest. ... Lutheran High School seeks coaches for basketball, volleyball, bowling and cheerleading. Those interested should submit resumes by July 12 to Athletic Director Deems S. Utsumi, Lutheran High School, 1404 University Ave., Honolulu, HI, 96822.

By Dave Reardon, Star-Bulletin

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