University of Hawaii baseball coach Les Murakami has shown signs of improvement but still remains in critical condition at Queen's Medical Center where he is being treated for a stroke he suffered last week.
condition still critical
Murakami "is not out of the woods yet," said Markus Owens, UH assistant sports media relations director. Owens said Murakami has been sedated and will undergo more tests today.
Murakami, 64, was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in January. The 2001 season was to be his last after 30 years as coach of the Rainbows.
Murakami's record at UH is 1,079-570-4.
Gesser breaks leg
UHH begins search for ADThree candidates are scheduled for interviews as the University of Hawaii-Hilo begins its search for a new athletic director.
Dr. Eve Atkinson, the director of the athletics and physical education department at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., was to arrive in Hilo for a two-day visit.
She was the first woman to be appointed an NCAA Division I athletic director when she took the job at Lafayette in 1989.
Dr. Ronald Zwierlein, a senior associate vice president at Bowling Green State University, will visit Nov. 13-14.
He was athletic director at Bowling Green from 1994 to 1999.
Mark Griffin, an associate director of intercollegiate athletics at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, N.J., will be in Hilo Nov. 14-15.
He previously was athletic director at Teikyo-Post University in Waterbury, Conn.
UHH search committee chairman and vice chancellor for student services Dr. Keith Miser said other candidates have been contacted for interviews but arrangements have not been finalized.
Vulcans spike 'SwordsSara Pilgreen had 12 kills, leading Hawaii-Hilo to a 15-9, 15-6, 16-14 women's volleyball sweep of Chaminade last night at the Waiakea High School gym on the Big Island.
The Vulcans ended their regular season with an 8-15 record. The Silverswords dipped to 6-17.
Lady Sea Warriors 21-0Hawaii Pacific, the No. 1 team in NCAA Division II women's volleyball, capped a perfect regular season with a three-game Pacific West Conference blitz of Montana State-Billings Saturday night at Billings, Mont.
Susy Garbelotti led the Lady Sea Warriors to their 21st consecutive victory -- 15-2, 15-4, 15-7 - with 15 kills and nine blocks.
HPU won the PacWest Pacific Division crown with a 14-0 mark and will host the conference postseason tournament Friday and Saturday at Blaisdell Arena.
BYUH wins finaleBrigham Young-Hawaii swept Western New Mexico, 15-4, 15-2, 15-6, in a PacWest women's volleyball season finale at Silver City, N.M., Saturday night.
Vanessa Valansi led the Seasiders (12-2 PacWest, 16-5 overall) with 10 kills and Karla Ribeiro had 13 digs.
HPU runner advancesLisa Blomme of Hawaii Pacific finished second at the NCAA Division II Western Regional cross country meet last Friday in California to qualify for the national championships.
The sophomore from Sweden clocked in at 22:45, one second behind Yvonne Liebig of UC-Davis.
The national meet on Nov. 17 is on the same course at Cal Poly Pomona.
The HPU men's team finished eighth out of 13 teams, failing to qualify for the nationals.
Tsukano NAIA qualifierFormer Pac-Five distance standout Julian Tsukano, now running for U.S. International University of San Diego, qualified for the NAIA Cross Country Championships by placing fifth in a field of 50 in regional competition last Saturday.
The nationals will be run on Nov. 18 at Kenosha, Wis.
Tomsic first in 5K runLuis Tomsic won the Friends of Kailua High School 5K run yesterday with a time of 17 minutes, 36 seconds.
Women's honors went to Debbie Farley, with a time of 21 minutes flat.
UH football banquetNa Koa, the University of Hawaii football support club, will hold its 2000 Football awards Banquet Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
The annual event honors all members of the UH team and awards are presented to individual players for outstanding achievement in various categories.
No-host cocktails kick off the affair at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7.
The cost is $40 per person. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $400. Reservations are due by Nov. 13.
Checks should be made payable to "UH Foundation -- Na Koa" and mailed to the following address with the names of the persons who will attend: Na Koa Football Club, Attn. Ben Yee, 1337 Lower Campus Road, Honolulu 96822.
For reservations and/or more information, call Yee at 956-4513 or 734-6194.
Club volleyball tryoutsThe Oahu Volleyball Club will hold tryouts Dec. 3 and 10 at the YBA Gym on Iliahi Street off Nuuanu Ave.
The age groups and tryout times are: under 12, 1:30-3 p.m.; 13-14, 3-4:30 p.m.; 15-16, 4:30-6 p.m., and 17-18, 6-7:30 p.m.
Players should arrive half an hour early to register. There is no fee. For more information, call Debbie Koochi at 486-5092.