Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Rainbow Wahine take 2 from Hurricane

Hawaii defeated Tulsa 3-0 and 5-3 yesterday in a Western Athletic Conference softball doubleheader.

UH's Shannon Tabion pitched a five-hitter in the opener and got offensive support from Ashley Ruff, who hit a two-run double.

In the second game, the Rainbow Wahine (23-20, 4-5) scored four runs in the seventh to win it. Ruff keyed the rally with a two-run triple.

The Golden Hurricane dropped to 21-25 and 2-4.

Char resigns as Iolani cross country coach

Greg Char resigned as Iolani's girls cross country coach, according to co-athletic director Carl Schroers.

Char held the position since 1991 and led the Raiders to five Interscholastic League of Honolulu titles and four state championships.

He was one of the founders of the Iolani Invitational Cross Country Meet, held each year in September at Kualoa Ranch. The meet attracts dozens of mainland schools.

Iolani is accepting applications for the vacated coaching position. Resumes can be sent to the Iolani athletic department at 563, Kamoku Street, Honolulu, HI, 96826 or faxed to 943-2399.

Rainbow Wahine capture fourth straight

Hawaii blanked Azusa Pacific, the nation's fourth-ranked women's tennis team in NAIA, 7-0 yesterday at the UH Tennis Complex.

It was the fourth straight win for the Rainbow Wahine (9-13). The Cougars dropped to 15-5.

Lauren Fitzgerald, Justine Boutet, Chloe Bihag and Kimberly Curtis all won in singles and doubles matches for the Rainbow Wahine, who host Boise State next Tuesday before hosting the WAC Championships, April 21-24.

Vulcans' Okamura sixth in Stanislaus tourney

Hawaii-Hilo's Garrett Okamura shot an even-par, three-round total of 216 to tie for sixth place yesterday in the Buzzini/Stanislaus Invitational golf tournament at Turlock, Calif.

He finished five strokes behind tournament champion Andy Moren of host Cal State Stanislaus.

The Vulcans' Nick Mason was two strokes behind Okamura, in a tie for ninth.

Cal-State Stanislaus won the tourney, while UHH placed seventh.

» Hawaii-Hilo placed fourth at the Wells Fargo Chico State Invitational women's golf tournament in California yesterday.

The Vulcans (673) finished 33 strokes behind tournament champion Chico State (640).

Kiilani Matsuyoshi tied for fifth individually and led the Vulcans with a 36-hole total of 16-over 160.

» The 2005 USGA Hawaii Regional Conference is scheduled for April 19 at the Honolulu Country Club.

The meeting, conducted by the USGA Green Section is intended for club officials, directors, course owners and staff and interested golfers.

To register or for more information, call the Hawaii State Golf Association office at 589-2909.

» Regan Lee will defend his title in the professional division of the 47th Mid-Pacific Open golf tournament, which starts today with the Pro-Am, and runs through Sunday at Mid-Pacific Country Club.

Guinea Kop captured the first Mid-Pac Open in 1956 and is among the Hawaii golf legends who have won the tournament

After today's pro-am, the 72-hole stroke-play event starts tomorrow in the professional, pro senior, championship, A and B flights.

For more information, call 261-9765.

Tanoue places 11th in riflery World Cup

Honolulu's Ryan Tanoue, representing the United States, finished 11th at the World Cup Air Rifle Championships at Changwon, South Korea, on Monday.

The University of Nevada senior scored 595.

Tanoue just missed making the 2004 Olympic team and is in the running for the U.S. squad that will compete at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Saab Basketball Shootout is Saturday

The second annual Saab Basketball Shootout is Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Honolulu Club on Ward Avenue.

The shootout is open to the public and registration is $5 per person. More than 50 people took part last year.

Competition is in free throws, 3-pointers and halfcourt games.

To sign up or for more information, call Scott Kato 543-3900.

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

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