UH golf, tennis teams lead in WAC academic honors
Nearly half the men's golf and tennis teams at the University of Hawai'i earned honors yesterday when the Western Athletic Conference announced its all-academic teams for spring sports.
Sophomore golfers Scott Carlyle, Justin Kim and Joseph Matyas qualified for awards, along with tennis players Francisco Brignole, Reginaldo Moralejo, Malino Oda and Amandeep Singh.
Student-athletes in baseball, golf, softball, tennis, and track and field were eligible. To earn all-academic honors, they must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and participated in at least half their team's contests.
The conference also announced its academic all-WAC freshman teams for all sports. UH's new track and field team placed seven student-athletes on the two all-academic teams freshmen Teryn Bentley, Carolyn Berger, Shayne Enright and Lucy Randall, and juniors Diane Kohara, Mersadies Martin and Casey McGuire-Turcotte.
Other UH athletes honored:
Baseball: Bryan Lee, Aaron Pribble, Matthew Purtell.
Softball: Stacie Hirano.
Wahine tennis: Suzie Saunders, Nina Wenger.
WAC Academic All-Conference Freshmen: Christa Brossman (basketball), Shayne Enright (cross country), Georgi Kinsela (swimming and diving), Elisabeth Schweitzer (swimming and diving), Traci Trochinski (swimming and diving), Mitzi Ing (Iolani/Fresno State softball).
Big League champions: Shawn Benson pitched a three-hitter as District 7 (Pearl City, Waipahu, Waipio) defeated Hilo, 4-0, Sunday at Wailuku, Maui to win the Little League Big League (ages 16-18) state championship.
Jherell Miller batted 3-for-4, with two RBIs, to pace District 7.
District 7 advances to the Western Regional Tournament, July 22-Aug. 2, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Junior champions: 'Aiea defeated Pearl City, 6-2, yesterday at Castle High field to claim the Little League Junior Division (ages 13-14) state championship.
Lance Powell batted 3-for-4, including a triple and three RBIs, and Kyson Morikuni went 3-for-3 with a triple to lead 'Aiea.
'Aiea will travel to Salem, Ore., for the Divisional Tournament on July 28-Aug. 3.
Ito, Shimozaki qualify: Merynn Ito and Joan Shimozaki won the two Hawai'i qualifying spots for the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship later this month.
Ito, a 2001 'Aiea High graduate who will be attending Nebraska this fall, shot a 75 at the Mid-Pacific Country Club for medalist honors.
Shimozaki, a 2001 Seabury Hall graduate who will be attending the University of San Francisco, shot a 78.
They will represent Hawai'i in the U.S. Championship, July 30 to Aug. 4, at the Flint Hills National Golf Club in Andover, Kan.
Kauai's Rachel Kyono is the first alternate after shooting a 79.
Anna Umemura shot an 80, Michelle Wie 83 and Shayna Miyajima 84 in the first local qualifying for the USGA event. Previously, Hawai'i golfers had to go to the Mainland to qualify.
Elite camper: Brian Zodrow, a 2001 graduate of St. Louis School, will be among those participating in the USA Volleyball High Performance Development Camp at California State University, Long Beach this weekend.
Zodrow, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, plays for the Outrigger Canoe Club 18-and-under team, and will play at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., next year.
Other Hawai'i athletes selected to participate in the four-day camp are Max DeWolff of St. Louis, Bronson Soares of Punahou, and Sean Carney of Iolani.