Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Third female qualifies for Pearl Open

Ai Ogawa, a 29-year-old on the Japan LPGA tour, qualified for the Hawaii Pearl Open at yesterday's qualifying round.

Ogawa will join Michelle Wie and 19-year-old Sakura Yokomine as the only females to compete against 189 male pros and amateurs in the tournament that runs Friday through Sunday at the Pearl Country Club.

Ogawa shot a 73 yesterday and finished sixth overall at the Pearl Country Club. The top eight finishers qualified for the tournament.

Ogawa caddied for her brother Takuya in the tournament the past three years. Her brother is entered again this year, making them the first brother-sister entrants in the tournament's 27-year history.

Vulcans move up in poll

The Hawaii-Hilo men's basketball team moved up one spot in this week's NCAA Division II poll to 16th.

Minnesota State-Mankato (19-2) is ranked No. 1.

The Vulcans (18-2) host Brigham Young University-Hawaii tomorrow and Saturday. The Seasiders were ranked as high as ninth before a string of losses knocked them out of the poll.

Seasiders win: Jake Chrisman scored 31 points and Thomas Watkins added 24 as BYU-Hawaii defeated Chaminade 100-83 in a PacWest game last night in Laie.

The Seasiders improved to 11-4, 6-0 in conference play while the Silverswords dropped to 12-8, 6-4.

Botelho and Hanta to be inducted

Don "Spud" Botelho and Carlton Hanta will be inducted into Mid-Pacific Institute's inaugural athletic hall of fame during "A Night of Stars" celebration on Feb. 11.

Botelho is the current Interscholastic League of Honolulu executive director and was MPI's athletic director for 28 years. Hanta was an All-American baseball player at the University of Houston and played pro in Japan from 1958-62.

Pro football Hall of Famer Marv Levy will be the guest speaker at the event, to be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Coral Ballroom at 6 p.m. Tickets are $100 per individual with table sponsorships of $1,500-$10,000 for 10-seat tables.

For more information, contact Bill Villa at 973-5095 or Kaili O'Connell at 973-5051. The event is a fund-raiser for MPI and M Club, the school's athletic boosters organization.

Rain washes out softball game

A heavy downpour in the top of the fourth inning halted the scrimmage between Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific yesterday with UH leading 1-0 at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium

Hawaii scored in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Tracie Uchima singled to the outfield and, two outs later, scored on an infield hit by Ashley Ruff

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

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