Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Sunday, January 13, 2002

Chargers forced to forfeit
7 OIA soccer matches

The Pearl City boys soccer team has forfeited the first seven games of its season, thus ending the Chargers' hopes of defending it's Oahu Interscholastic Association championship.

A forged grade report prompted the school's athletic department to inform OIA officials Friday that the team would forfeit the games. The Chargers were 5-0-2 and second in the OIA West before the forfeits.

Despite learning of the decision, the Chargers scored a 1-0 win over Aiea on Friday to raise their record to 1-7.

"It's hard that 24 players and the coaches have been affected by an error in judgment by one person," Pearl City coach Scott Keopuhiwa said.

"We explored every option and tried to find any way that the team could go on. But the rules are clear."

Pearl City, which advanced to last year's state semifinals, will close the season Tuesday with a match against Leilehua.

"Hopefully, everyone -- all teams in all sports -- can learn a lesson from this and not have to experience what our team is feeling," Keopuhiwa said. "Because it's not a position anyone would want to be in."

UH men split meets against Minnesota, UNLV

Minnesota won yesterday's swimming and diving triangular at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex.

The Hawaii men started the meet off by losing to Minnesota 87-49 but rebounded to handle UNLV 80-60. Minnesota took care of UNLV 94-45 to win the event.

The Wahine lost to UNLV 163-114.

UH sophomore Michael Gowdy won the 1-meter diving event by 40 points over teammate Jon Coyle, then won the 3-meter dive.

Konstantin Dubrovin won the 200 yard freestyle and started the 400 yard free relay that UH won.

UH senior Sarah Farr beat teammate Maggie Roberts by two points in the 1-meter diving event, then outscored her by 10 in the 3-meter dive. Freshman Katin Surakatsani won the 200-yard breast stroke and the 400-yard individual medley.

College coaches to hold clinic at Turtle Bay

Brigham Young coach Gary Crowton is among a group of coaches who will be at the Nike Hawaii Football Clinic March 1-3 at Turtle Bay Hilton.

The clinic is primarily for fellow football coaches but players are also welcome to attend. The three-day event costs $80.

Hawaii strength coach Mel Delaura, Jeff Jamrog of Nebraska and Phil Bennett of Southern Methodist will speak on the first day. Oregon's Don Pellum and Robin Ross, Nebraska's Dan Young and USC's Pete Carroll are slated for the second day. Crowton will explaing his Cougars spread passing game on the final day after Hawaii's Rich Miano speaks on special teams techniques and drills.

To register, call Rick Sakata at (808) 896-2140.

Service members get free pass to golf tournament

The first event of the Senior PGA Tour at the Hualalai Golf Club Jan. 19 will be free for members of Police Forces, firefighters and all branches of the military. Each member of the nation's defense and rescue teams must show their identification at the gate and are allowed to bring a guest.

The MasterCard Championship features 35 of the senior PGA tour's most recent winners competing for $1.5 million in prize money.

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