HAWAII GROWN REPORT
GREG SEMPADIAM / UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO
USF senior Mariko Joan Shimozaki of Kihei was declared the winner of the Bay Area Classic.
first college title
The Seabury Hall graduate
beat UH’s Gammie
in a playoff
Mariko Joan Shimozaki of Kihei, one of the queens of Hawaii junior golf before somebody named Wie emerged, won her first college tournament on Tuesday.
Shimozaki, a 2001 Seabury Hall graduate, is a senior and captain on the University of San Francisco women's golf team.
On Tuesday she won a "scorecard playoff" with University of Hawaii's Dale Gammie after both finished the two-day Bay Area Classic in San Jose at 6-over-par 150.
Shimozaki was declared medalist for her 2-under 34 on the back nine.
"Finally, I won a collegiate tournament!" she wrote in an e-mail to Hawaii Grown.
Shimozaki was Hawaii State Junior Golf Association Player of Year in 1999 and 2000 and was runner-up in the first all-girls state high school tournament in 1999. She won five tournaments on the mainland in the summer of '99.
San Francisco is promoting Shimozaki as an All-America candidate this season.
She has been on the All-West Coast Conference team all three years at USF, as a first-team pick in 2002 and 2003.
Last season Shimozaki ranked 29th in NCAA Division I in putting average (30.68 putts per 18 holes) and her short game ranked 62nd.
"She has an amazing short game that always puts her in contention," coach Sara Range said. "Mariko will lead this team to places they haven't been before."
USF's team also won the tournament it co-hosts for the first time, rallying from an 8-shot deficit in the second round to beat San Jose State by one stroke.
Senior Rachel Kyono (Kauai '01) led Pepperdine (Calif.) and was ranked 21st nationally in scoring with a 74.08 average for 12 rounds in the GolfWeek magazine rankings announced on Sunday.
UC Santa Barbara
Senior Brandy Richardson (Kalaheo '01) suffered a badly sprained left ankle last Thursday and is "out of action indefinitely," UCSB spokesman Ben Alkaly says.
"They are hopeful she'll be back by the regular season finale (March 5) or by Big West (Conference) tournament time," Alkaly said.
Richardson, a three-time state Player of the Year at Kalaheo, is UCSB's seventh-leading career rebounder with 822.
Before she was hurt, she outrebounded University of the Pacific single-handedly in the first half (10 to nine) last Thursday. UCSB won 73-40 and has won 10 of its last 11.
Portland State (Oregon)
Junior point guard Sharon Wahinekapu (Kalaheo '00) came off the injury list last Thursday with 19 points at Idaho State.
Wahinekapu's season scoring average is 5.3 and Portland State is 3-19 in the first year of the post-George Wolfe era.
Freshman Kepua Lee (Moanalua '04) got her third double-double of the season Saturday with 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 60-52 victory over Bethany.
Menlo (17-8) has won seven of its last eight going into this week's Cal-Pac Conference playoffs at Cal State-East Bay in Hayward.
Lewis & Clark (Oregon)
Freshman Jordan Shibata (Aiea '04 of Pearl City) was chosen Northwest Conference Hitter of the Week on Tuesday.
Shibata, a right-handed-hitting second baseman, hit .529 (9-for-17) in five games last week in Texas, with 10 runs batted in, six runs scored, two home runs, two doubles and a triple.
Even so, he actually brought down his batting average, which is .655 (19-for-29) for the young season, with 15 RBIs in eight games.
Shibata went 5-for-5 in his first college game on Feb. 12 at Occidental in Los Angeles. Shibata's on-base percentage is .730 and his slugging average is off the chart at 1.138. He is not one-dimensional, either. Shibata is fielding .943 (2 errors in 35 chances), first among infielders.
Portland State (Oregon)
Sophomore outfielder Kimi Daniel (Sacred Hearts '03 of Kaneohe) was chosen Pacific Coast Softball Conference Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 13.
Daniel, a reserve last season, batted .333 (4-for-12) with her first career home run and three RBIs at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Las Vegas
Daniel's first hit of the weekend, a single against host UNLV, was the first base hit of her career.
Senior center fielder Kaleo Eldredge (Baldwin '01) bats clean-up for the defending national champion Golden Bears and did what a clean-up hitter should in Cal's 5-1 victory over Iowa State at the UNLV Invitational on Saturday.
Eldredge tripled home Cal's first run.
Junior Ashlyn Russell (Baldwin '02) hit her fifth home run of the season Friday in a 6-2 victory over Drexel at Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sophomore Aaron Fernandez (Kamehameha '03 of Lanai City) finished second in the 125-pound division at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional in Minneapolis but was not selected for one of 11 at-large berths in the national championships March 4-5.
That probably was because he lost the final to defending national champion Matt Shankey of Augsburg on a 15-0 technical fall in 2 minutes, 36 seconds.
Travis Lee (Saint Louis '01 of Liliha) broke the career victory record for Cornell wrestling in style Saturday night.
Lee won his 135th career match by technical fall when his lead reached 15 points (17-5), 5 minutes and 15 seconds into his 133-pound match against Bloomsburg's Tony Curto.
Lee is 29-1 this season and 135-13 for his career at Cornell. He is second in the coaches' national rankings for 133 pounds and first in two rankings by magazines.
Welcome back, Apana Nakayama.
The instantly likable 2000 state high school Player of the Year from popular state champion Molokai High School, has returned to Brigham Young University in Utah after a 2-year Mormon church mission to Japan.
In his first collegiate baseball game in almost three years -- in his first time at-bat -- Nakayama lashed a triple to right-center field for his first hit, first extra-base hit and first RBI since May 2002.
He also scored what proved to be the winning run in BYU's season-opening 5-1 victory at 19th-ranked UC-Irvine last Thursday.
"It was a good feeling off the bat," Nakayama said. "I kind of knew it was a ball where I could get to third."
For the first two games of his return, Nakayama is batting .500 (5-for-10). A third scheduled game was a victim of the recent rains in California.
He is playing left-handed designated hitter and first base this season, behind a senior catcher.
Nakayama was based in Nagoya from December 2002 to August '04.
"It was a good experience to be able to serve in Japan," he said. "I learned a lot of things (including speaking fluent Japanese)."
Junior Branden Kawazoe (Waiakea '02) scored a season-high 23 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including all 5 of his 3-point attempts, in an 82-76 loss to Whitworth (Washington) on Saturday. Pacific is 4-17.
McLennan (Waco, Texas) JC
Sam Wilhoite, last season's All-State post for Kalaheo, is averaging about 10 minutes, 2.6 points and 2.1 rebounds a game for a 22-5 team. He is playing both 4 and 5.
He has been receiving attention from Dartmouth and Cornell and says he will move on to the Ivy League next season if one of them offers.
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McAnguses like life
Zach McAngus likes life and baseball at Washington State so much that he convinced his sister, Lacy, to join him as a student there last fall.
Only one of them got to fly home free this week, however.
Zach, a junior, will start at third base for the WSU baseball team in a four-game series against Hawaii at Les Murakami Stadium, starting at 6:30 tonight.
Lacy, a freshman, will remain in Pullman, Wash., where she is a nutrition major.
They are both graduates of Kamehameha (classes of '02 and '04) from Hawaii Kai.
Zach leads Washington State in batting (.415), hits (17) and runs scored (11). He has nine RBIs in 10 games.
"He is strong, and has a real nice short, repeatable stroke," says coach Donnie Marbut. "I think hitters are born, and he has that ability to hit."
McAngus' totals were boosted by a 5-for-5, four-run, three-RBI game at Southeastern Louisiana State on Feb. 12.
"This is the best I've ever hit," McAngus said. "I'm seeing the ball real well and taking good swings. We have a great new hitting coach, Travis Jewett, and he has worked on everyone's approach and swing."
Fielding has been another matter for McAngus. He leads WSU in errors with eight, but has none in the last five games.
"He got off to a shaky start defensively, but he has settled down. It was just a matter of getting reps," Marbut says.
Washington State does not get to practice outdoors very often until later in the spring.
The errors "are all in the past, forgotten about," McAngus said.
As far as playing at Hawaii, with much larger crowds than watch baseball in Pullman, McAngus says, "I will try not to get intimidated and play my game. I have confidence in myself."
He played at Murakami Stadium once before as a collegian, when he was a freshman starter for the Air Force Academy in the 2003 Easter Tournament. He transferred to Washington State that summer.
Academy life in the Rockies was not a good fit for McAngus, but he and Lacy are loving it in Pullman.