Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Saturday, June 16, 2001

Grant Yasui made the best of a bad situation at the Rainbow Open
yesterday, getting out of this jam on the ninth hole with a par.

Asao takes lead in
Rainbow Open

Star-Bulletin staff

Norman-Ganin Asao carded a 6-under 66 yesterday to take a one-stroke lead heading into today's second round of the Sports Shinko Rainbow Open golf tournament at the Mililani Golf Club.

Parker McLachlin is alone in second at 67, while professional Van Wright and Bronson Kalilikani shares third at 68.

The 54-hole tournament concludes tomorrow.

Tacon named Punahou boys basketball coach

Greg Tacon, a Lahainaluna High graduate, has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach at Punahou School, the school's athletic director Tom Holden announced yesterday.

Tacon, who attended St. Louis School before graduating from Lahainaluna, is a graduate of the University of La Verne (Calif.) He was most recently the head football and basketball coach at Shorecrest High in Shoreline, Wash.

Tacon replaces Alan Lum.

South Shore Open opens at Kewalo Basin today

The state's top longboarders will showcase their skills at the Hawaiian South Shore Open at Kewalo Basin, which begins today.

The two-day Competition begins at 8 a.m. daily. The event concludes with the $2,000 Steinlager Pro final at 1 p.m.

Swim series begins with Raging Isle Sprint race

The Eyecatcher North Shore Swim Series kicks off its four-event schedule with the Raging Isle Sprint on June 23.

The one-mile swim is from Sunset Beach to Ehukai Beach and begins at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $20.

The series includes the 2.4-mile Surf & Sea North Shore Challenge on July 8; the Cholo's 2000 at Waimea Bay on July 22; and the 1.2-mile Surf & Sea Cup at Haleiwa on Aug. 4.

For more information, call Chris Moore at 739-2112.

Metzger, Wong advance in FIVB beach doubles

Hawaii's Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong teamed to win their opening matches yesterday and advance to the third round of the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour opener at Tenerife, Canary Islands.

This is the first international beach doubles event for the Punahou School graduates. The eighth-seeded Metzger and Wong will take on the top-seeded team of Emanuel Rego and Tande Ramoes of Brazil today.

Bragado loses: Honolulu's Danalee Bragado and teammate Ali Wood dropped both of their matches yesterday to place 25th in the women's FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour opener in Cagliari, Italy.

The pair will split $2,000.

Junior golf tournaments scheduled for next week

The Westfield Aloha Section PGA Junior Championships -- the qualifiers for the upcoming national championships -- are scheduled at two sites next week.

The 36-hole event for boys and girls, ages 13-17, will be at the Makaha Resort course Monday and Tuesday.

The tournament for boys and girls, ages 12-and-under, is at the Naniloa Country club in Hilo on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The winners of the 13-17 event qualify for the national championship, July 18-21, at Westfield Center, Ohio.

Many present touring pros have participated in the event, including Tiger Woods and Dottie Pepper.

Wilson, Kang still alive

After finishing with a 71 in the first round, Castle High School graduate Dean Wilson fired a 74 yesterday for a two-round 145.

Wilson, participating in his first U.S. Open this week, plays regularly on the Japan PGA Tour.

Anthony Kang, a Roosevelt High graduate, was one of the 33 golfers unable to complete the second round yesterday. Kang, known as Mun Chol during his high school golf career, shot a first-round 74 and was 5-over after 11 holes when second-round play was suspended due to darkness.

Stanford, Miami in final

OMAHA, Neb. -- AP >> On the day before the biggest start of his Stanford career, Mike Gosling had two things on his mind: his family and video games.

"It will be like any other day," said Gosling (7-2), who was scheduled to be on the mound for the Cardinal in today's College World Series championship game against Miami. "I don't think it will be any longer or any shorter. My family and girlfriend are here, so I will spend some time with them. 'Mike Tyson's Punchout' is waiting for me back on the Nintendo at the hotel. I'm just going to try to relax."

Tom Farmer (14-2) was scheduled to start for Miami, which led the country with 227 stolen bases, paced by Javy Rodriguez's Division I-high 66 steals. The Hurricanes (52-12) used a blend of speed, timely hitting and solid pitching to win 16 straight games and set up the showdown with the Cardinal (51-16).

Hawaii's own

Benny Agbayani, Mets: The St. Louis School and Hawaii Pacific alumnus hit his third homer of the year -- and first since April 29 -- off Andy Pettitte in the Mets' 5-4 loss to the Yankees. Agbayani led off and started in left field, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored, raising his season average to .291. With his team down by two runs in the eighth inning, Agbayani led off with a single to shallow center off Mike Stanton and scored from second on a Todd Ziele double.

Mike Fetters, Dodgers: The Iolani School graduate picked up his first save of the season -- and 91st of his career -- by pitching the final 1-23 innings of Los Angeles' 6-2 win over Anaheim.

Fetters came on in relief of Chan Ho Park with two runners on and one out in the eighth inning and struck out Tim Salmon before forcing Scott Speizio to pop out to shallow center. Fetters finished off the win by getting the Angels in order in the bottom of the ninth, making him perfect against the five batters he faced. It was Fetters' longest outing of the season.

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