Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports


Les Murakami was the center of attention yesterday at the University of Hawaii Baseball Alumni Luncheon at the Hale Koa Hotel. Murakami coached the team from 1971, when it became a Division I program, through the 2000 season before he officially retired after the 2001 season with 1,079 victories. In top photo, Murakami is with his wife, Dot.

Murakami greets some of the well-wishers, including many of his former players.


Metzger, Gibb advance to volleyball final

Former Punahou standout Stein Metzger and partner Jake Gibb advanced to the final of the Beach Volley Paris Ile de France yesterday with a 24-22, 27-25 victory over Julius Brink and Kjell Schneider.

The victory stopped a run of 11 straight SWATCH-FIVB World Tour wins by Brink and Schneider.

Metzger and Gibb play Switzerland's Patrick Heuscher and Stefan Kobel today for the $41,500 first-place prize.

Ocariza in ninth place at Optimist tourney

Honolulu's Iris Ocariza is in ninth place heading into today's final round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

In the girls 16-18 division, Ocariza has a three-round total of 21-over 237, seven shots behind the leader, Christina Stockton of Auburn, Calif.

Yonamine biographer is QB club speaker

Robert Fitts, who is writing a biography on Hawaii baseball legend Wally Yonamine, is a guest speaker at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.

University of Hawaii quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison and UH associate athletic director/senior women's administrator Marilyn Moniz-Kahoohanohano are also on the agenda.

The luncheon starts at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Ballroom followed by the noon program. The public is invited.

Mililani Pony 13s take World Series opener

Mililani beat Poland, Ohio, 12-2 in the Pony 13 World Series on Friday at Chino Hills, Calif.

Kainoa Inafuku was the winning pitcher, and Kacey Miyasato went 4-for-4 with three RBIs for Mililani. Brett Kakugawa added three hits.

» Paul Snieder limited Southern California to four hits and banged out a pair of hits of his own to lead Hawaii to an 11-1 win in a Babe Ruth regional tournament at Taylorsville, Utah, yesterday.

Hawaii plays Central California today.

» Jase Kugiya drove in a pair of runs and David Torigoe matched him to help Hawaii beat the Illinois Lightnings at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association World Series at Lynwood, Ill., yesterday.

Torigoe earned the win for Hawaii and Mysha Sataraka hit a double.

» The Oahu Cal Ripken Baseball League is seeking teams in the 9-10 and 11-12 age groups for its upcoming fall league.

The league runs Oct. 1 to Dec. 11. A meeting will be held Aug. 15 at the Halawa District Park gym. For more information, call Glenn Ah Sam at 478-7660.

Hawaii teens advance to championship match

Team Hawaii is in first place going into the title match of the USTA 16-and-under Zonal Team Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Team Hawaii, which has been playing in the tournament for the past four days, defeated Intermountain 2 yesterday 10-5. In boys singles play, Colin Fujishige and Kevin Tamura each recorded a win for Hawaii. Meanwhile, Hawaii's Brooke Doane, Janelle Arita, Kristin Lin and Sara Yoshinaga each won their singles matches.

The tournament features teams from 17 regions across the U.S.

Hawaii plays Northern California for the championship today.

Women third at wrestling nationals

A team of Hawaii female wrestlers placed third in the Women's Junior National Duals at the FargoDome at Fargo, N.D., last week.

Team Hawaii beat Team Ohio in the third-place match, 24-4.

The team was comprised of Carla Watase, Joleen Oshiro, Shyla Iokia, Lauren Primiano, Sarah Aoki, Kara Takasaki, Krystal Kiyuna, Sheryl Manglaylay, Ashley Poling, Rayna Hirata, Pi'ikea Kalalau, and Desiree Memea.

UH Kids' Club teams with Hanai Bear

A certificate for a free Hanai Bear and a redesigned T-shirt are among the benefits members of the UH Kids' Club will receive this season.

Club memberships are available beginning tomorrow at all Papa John's Pizza Hawaii stores on Oahu. Members must be in eighth grade or younger.

The cost for the initial card is a large pizza at regular menu price, with additional cards at $10.

For more information, the Web site is www.Hawaiiathletics.com.

Aiea High School seeks softball coach

Aiea High School is accepting applications for the position of softball coach. Resumés can be sent to: Aiea High School athletic department, 98-1276 Ulune St., Aiea, HI, 96701. The deadline to apply is July 29.

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

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