Hawaii Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Thursday, February 14, 2002

Ching released
by Galaxy

The Los Angeles Galaxy has waived forward Brian Ching, it was announced today by VP/General Manager Doug Hamilton. The move was made in order to ensure the Galaxy could eventually comply with MLS' roster limits and because of the recent acquisition of Guatemalan International Carlos Ruiz.

"We regret the loss of Brian who has demonstrated promise and has contributed to the success the team enjoyed in 2001," said Hamilton. "However, with the addition of Ruiz, who obviously strengthens our team, we are forced to make tough roster decisions."

Ching, a native of Haleiwa, Hawaii, made eight appearances with one start for the Galaxy in his rookie season. He registered a goal and an assist for three points and made his MLS debut against San Jose on April 7 as a member of the starting lineup.

A graduate of Gonzaga University, Ching finished as the third all-time goal scorer in Gonzaga history with 34 goals.

QB Club to announce Sportspersons of the Year

The Honolulu Quarterback Club will honor nearly four dozen Hawaii individuals for their accomplishments in sports during the year 2001 at its 55th Banquet of Champions.

The banquet is set for Monday at the Pacific Beach Hotel beginning at 6:30 p.m. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Male and Female Sportspersons of the Year, selected from monthly award winners.

In addition to the individual award winners, the Quarterback Club also will honor national championship winners from Hawaii in 2001: The Oahu Babe Ruth team, Maui's PONY Bronco team, and Aiea's Junior Little League team.

Les Keiter will be the master of ceremonies.

Tickets may be purchased from for $30 by calling either 732-8805, or 261-5143.

Carter to Rhein

Former Hawaii standout wide receiver Dwight Carter will play for the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe, which starts April 13.

Carter has been one of the last few players cut in the preseason by the San Francisco 49ers the past few years.

He is one of four NFL players with Hawaii ties allocated to NFL Europe. The others are former Honokaa High School and Hawaii offensive lineman Kaulana Noa of the St. Louis Rams (Barcelona Dragons), former Hawaii running back James Fenderson of the New Orleans Saints (Rhein) and former Kailua High School and Brigham Young tackle Joe Wong (Barcelona).

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