Kalani cheerleaders step back up to varsity
Kalani High School is going to have a varsity cheerleading squad this season after all, athletic director Gordon Miyashiro said yesterday.
"We hope to have a new head coach by the end of next week," said Miyashiro, who is the acting head coach until a new one is selected.
Before the school year started, the squad was downgraded from the varsity to the club level because there were no applicants for the vacant head coaching position.
The cheerleaders and their parents were upset with the decision, mostly because it would mean the squad wouldn't be able to take part in the November through February competition season.
Three weeks ago, the concerned group approached Miyashiro and other school administrators about changing back to the varsity level.
Since then, three people have shown an interest in the coaching job and two of those have applied, Miyashiro said. The deadline to apply is Friday and the interview process starts next week.
The Falcons were in action, cheering for the Kalani football team against Kapolei last weekend, and they'll also be on the sidelines Saturday against Radford at Kaiser Stadium.
Sea Warriors on the move, Seasiders slide
The Hawaii Pacific volleyball team rose eight spots in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll yesterday.
The Sea Warriors, who started the season at No. 22, are now ranked No. 14 after cruising to a 4-0 start at the Hawaiian Style Classic in Hilo. HPU beat Seattle, Northern Colorado, Northwest Nazarene and Southwest Missouri State.
Brigham Young-Hawaii dropped from the top spot to No. 7 after starting the season 2-2.
The Seasiders wore their new ranking well last night, beating Division I Utah Valley State 29-31, 30-25, 30-27, 30-27 at Orem, Utah.
Chun Yi Lin led all players with 24 kills while hitting .512 and also did the job defensively, collecting three solo blocks and five block assists. The Seasiders will host No. 2 UC San Diego -- which handed the Seasiders one of their two losses this year -- and No. 5 Barry this weekend in Laie.
Stroke play championship coming up
The AT&T Stroke Play Championship begins Monday at the Mauna Kea Golf Course on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island.
Defending champion Ron Castillo Jr. and senior division champion Larry Stubblefield are expected to play in the tournament, which is a 54-hole stroke play event with 52 island professionals vying for the $15,000 first prize. Seniors play for $4,000 and Pro-Am players will play for $1,200.
Smith coming to town for volleyball camp
Pro beach volleyball legend Sinjin Smith will conduct the ASTON Beach Volleyball Camps beginning Monday on Waikiki Beach.
Beginner sessions will be held on September 8-9 with advanced sessions on September 10-11. Youth camps will be held from 5-7 p.m. and adult sessions from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Wahine Jamboree set for Sept. 23
The Wahine Jamboree, a fund-raiser for the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine basketball program, is set for Sept. 23 at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The event begins at 6 p.m. There will be entertainment, wine tasting and silent and live auctions for sports memorabilia, sporting goods, travel packages and other items.
Pupus will be provided courtesy of Compadres, Henri Loui's, Sodexho, Side Street Inn/Fort Street Bar & Grill, the Chart House and 3660 On the Rise/Kakaako Kitchen.
Tickets cost $50 and may be purchased by telephone (944-2679), on the Internet at www.etickethawaii.com or at the Stan Sheriff Center box office, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Each person purchasing a ticket will receive two tickets, handed out at the door Sept. 23, to the Wahine game against Fairfield Dec. 22.
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