Bento drawing attention
at Texas A&M-Commerce

Ha'a Bento has been named the Lone Star Conference Specialist Player of the Week after the Texas A&M-Commerce Lions won their first game of the season 27-25 Saturday over Midwestern State.

Bento made both field-goal attempts, hitting from 47 and 26 yards, and converted three point-after-touchdown tries. He is a senior from Saint Louis School.

The Lions (1-2) were picked to finish fourth in the North Division in the conference preseason poll, while Midwestern State was picked third.

Don Hansen's Football Gazette named Bento to the NCAA Division II Preseason All-America Team.

E.J. Reid had two solo tackles, two assisted tackles and a quarterback sack for 7 yards in Utah State's 31-7 loss to Utah on Saturday. Reid, a 6-foot-1, 302-pound defensive tackle, is from Kahuku.

It was the Aggies' first game of the season. Their home opener against Nicholls State was canceled due to Hurricane Katrina.

Volleyball honors: Anela Iseke was the only setter selected to the All-Tournament Team for the 2005 Molten/Colorado College Invitational all-tournament team last weekend.

The sophomore from Kamehameha had 11 kills, 99 assists, 10 service aces and 25 digs in four matches for the Pacific (Forest Grove, Ore.) Boxers.

Iseke is averaging 6.6 assists per game and leads the Boxers with 18 service aces.

Sophomore defensive specialist Jamie Furutani, a Kalani grad, has served nine aces and is averaging 1.9 digs per game.

Both have played in all nine matches, contributing to the team's 7-2 start. The Boxers begin Northwest Conference play this weekend with home matches against Linfield and Puget Sound.

Didn't miss a beat: Shellane Ogoshi picked up right where she left off last year when she led Hofstra (Hempstead, N.Y.) University with 1,254 assists and 383 digs as a freshman. Her outstanding season landed the Roosevelt graduate the Colonial Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year award.

This year the sophomore is a co-captain and leads the Pride (4-4) in assists (273) and digs (119). Ogoshi has seven double-doubles in eight matches.

Kaimana Lee, a junior from Seabury Hall, is in her second season as the starting setter for the George Washington Colonials, who are off to a 2-5 start.

Winning ways: Pa'ulasi Matavao, a Brigham Young-Hawaii graduate, is in his sixth season as the women's volleyball coach at Montana State-Billings.

Matavao guided the Yellowjackets to a 14-11 record last year, the first winning season in school history.

The Yellowjackets, who left the Pacific West Conference along with Western New Mexico to join the Heartland Conference, are off to a 10-2 start.

Matavao was a two-time All-American as a basketball player for BYUH and spent three years working and studying under Seasiders volleyball coach Wilfred Navalta.

Running better: Jamee Thomson, a senior at St. Mary's (Calif.), turned in a season-best time of 21 minutes, 34 seconds in a 5-kilometer cross country run in the Aggie Invitational at Davis, Calif., on Saturday.

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