Andy Roddick, a professional for five months, played with the poise of a veteran to defeat James Blake, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the singles final of the second annual Hilton Waikoloa Village U.S. Tennis Association Challenger yesterday on the Big Island.
Roddick, 18, of Boca Raton, Fla., dropped the first five games before losing the opening set in 22 minutes.
Roddick, seeded eighth, broke serve at 3-3 in the second set, then used his overpowering serve to tie the match at 2.
The unseeded Blake held serve to start the third set, but that would be the only game he would win as Roddick closed out the match after 1 hour, 13 minutes.
Roddick won $7,600 and earned 60 ATP entry system points.
In the doubles final, Paul Goldstein and Jim Thomas defeated Mike Bryan and Paradom Srichaphan, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The tournament is a $50,000 challenger series event and is part of the 2001 USTA Professional Circuit.
First for Kauai: Kauai High won the Kauai Interscholastic Federation girls soccer championship for the first time in history, wrapping it up with a comeback 4-3 victory over Waimea on Saturday at Hanap«p« Stadium.
Kapaa, which had been the unbeaten champion for seven straight years, finished second.
On Saturday, Kauai fell behind 3-0 in the first 11 minutes but eventually overtook the Menehune on Madison Perrys 12-yard goal out of a scramble from the right side with about five minutes to play.
Kauai had a 4-1-1 final record and nine championship points to 3-2-1 and seven points for Kapaa. (The KIF awards 2 points per victory and one per tie).
The boys season ended with Kauai and Kapaa tied for first place with 14 points each. They will play off Saturday at Hanap«p« Stadium for the championship and the islands spot in the state tournament on Oahu, Feb. 14-17. The time of the game has not been determined.
Kauais boys have a 7-2-0 record and Kapaa is 6-1-2.
Honokaa now 9-0: Unbeaten Honokaa rolled to its ninth straight Big Island Interscholastic Federation win Saturday night and defending champion Hilo stayed in contention by holding off Kona-waena.
Derek Gabiel scored 19 points as Honokaa routed Laupahoehoe (1-8), 85-43.
Preston Jarneski made two free throws in the last three seconds as Hilo (7-2) edged Konawaena, 49-47. Jared Ushiroda scored 13 points for Konawaena (2-7).
In other games, Waiakea (7-2) beat Kealakehe (6-3) in overtime, 55-49, behind Kelii Pomroy (15 points) and Brandon Kawazoe (14); Kohala (8-1) beat St. Joseph (5-4), as Alston Viernes and Beau Cazimero scored 16 and 15, respectively; and Hawaii Preparatory Academy (3-6) outlasted Ka¬ (1-8), 86-81, as Bully Fergerstrom scored 25. Pahoa (2-6) did not play.
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