Hawaii boxers earn
under-19 title bouts
RENO, Nev >> For the first time ever, two Hawaii boxers have advanced to the title fights of the U.S. Under-19 National Boxing Championships.
Yesterday, Kini Sofa Jr. and Glenn Miyose Jr., both from Waianae, won their respective semifinal fairly easily. Sofa's 112-pound bout against Cleveland's Eddy Copes was stopped in the second round by the referee. The referee stopped Miyose's 125-pound bout with Ricardo Alvarez of Illinois in the first round.
Sofa will take on Oscar Venegas of California today while Miyose will meet Damon Murillo, also of California. The winners will become members of the U.S. national team that will fight in the worlds championships in Cuba in October.
Bragado-Wood splits in first round in ChinaMAOMING, China >> Honolulu's Danalee Bragado and partner Ali Wood split a pair of matches yesterday to remain in contention for a spot in the 16-team elimination bracket of the Chinese Open, an FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour event.
Bragado and Wood, seeded 23rd, dropped their opening match to seventh-seeded Jia Tian/Fei Wang of China, 21-18, 21-15. The Americans rebounded with a 21-16, 21-18 win over 26th-seeded Anouk Bolieau and Julie Morin of Canada.
Wilson drops to sixth at Junior ClassicHOUSTON >> Hilo's Amanda Wilson struggled to an 81 yesterday at the Independent Insurance Agent Junior Classic National Finals, and had to settle for a share of sixth place.
Wilson entered the day in second place, nine shots behind Christine Fernandez of Nevada. Fernandez shot an 80, but still won by four strokes over Angela Won of California.
Fernandez finished with a 219 total. Wilson had a 229.
On the boys side, Amanda's older brother, Gabriel, shot a 76 to finish tied for 39th with a 231. Kevin Silva of Massachusetts won with a 210, three shots under par.