Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

PacWest honors BYUH's Watkins

Brigham Young-Hawaii's Thomas Watkins was named the Pacific West Conference Player of the Week in men's basketball for helping lead the Seasiders (10-4, 5-0) to three road wins last week.

Watkins scored eight of his team-high 21 points during overtime as BYUH rallied to beat Montana State-Billings 100-99. Two nights later, the senior sank two free throws with eight seconds left to ice the 74-70 victory over Western New Mexico.

On Saturday, Watkins hit seven 3-pointers during a 27-point outing as the Seasiders again topped Western New Mexico, 84-61.

Barron captures surf meet in Australia

Haleiwa's T.J. Barron won the Brothers Neilsen Junior Pro surf contest Sunday at Queensland, Australia, a meet for surfers under the age of 21.

Barron defeated Australia's Sam Page in the final, scoring an 8.0 on his last wave to secure the win. Barron earned $2,900 in beating out approximately 200 other international surfers.

Wahine softball opens with alumnae game

The Hawaii softball team, with five preseason All-Western Athletic Conference selections, takes on its alumnae this Saturday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

The game is scheduled for 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The Wahine's schedule includes preseason No. 1 California and No. 2 Arizona. Hawaii opens the season with its Oceanic Time Warner Cable Paradise Classic, Feb. 3-6. The field includes No. 9 Washington, No. 14 Oregon and Jacksonville.

Hawaii-Hilo moves up 7 spots

Fresh off two victories over Chaminade, the Hawaii-Hilo men's basketball team moved up seven places to No. 17 in the latest NABC/Division II basketball poll released yesterday.

The Vulcans (18-2 overall, 6-2 PacWest) play Brigham Young-Hawaii at home tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.

Top seed falls at Waikoloa Challenger

Austria's Zbynek Mlynarik shocked top-seeded Alex Bogomolob Jr. 6-1, 7-5 to headline the second day of action at the Hilton Waikoloa Village USTA Challenger yesterday.

No. 7 seed Brian Baker also fell victim to the upset bug, losing to Thailand's Danai Udomchoke 6-4, 6-2. In women's singles, top seed Marie-Eve Pelletier advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Tetiana Luzhanska. No seeded players in the women's draw lost.

Matches continue today at 10 a.m.

Hawaii Raceway Park hosts drags Jan. 29

Hawaii Raceway Park will host the JN Chevrolet Big Rig and Truck Drags on Jan. 29.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and admission is $10, which also includes an after-race concert by Kapena. For more information, call Paul Giovanetti at 485-8767 or visit www.HRPDragRacing.com.

See line scores and results in the [ Scoreboard ] section.

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