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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, June 19, 2001

Isle File
Kaua'i surfers advance in professional contest

Advertiser Staff

Three Kaua'i surfers advanced to the finals of the OP Pro yesterday in 4- to 5-foot waves off the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia.

In the women's division, a Kaua'i surfer is guaranteed to take the $20,000 first prize, as Rochelle Ballard and Keala Kennelly advanced to the one-on-one final.

Ballard won yesterday's semifinal heat, while Kennelly placed second. Australian Serena Brooke finished third and was eliminated.

In the men's division, Andy Irons of Kaua'i advanced to the final with Australian Mark Occhilupo. Irons placed second to Occhilupo in yesterday's semifinal heat.

The men's final will feature three surfers, so one more finalist needs to emerge from a consolation heat. Hawai'i surfers Bruce Irons and Shane Dorian will compete in the consolation heat.

The men's champion will receive $30,000. Only 10 surfers — six men, four women — were invited to compete in the unique event.


Punahou power: Punahou School graduates Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong placed fifth in the opening event of the 2001 FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour last Saturday at Tenerife, Canary Islands.

Metzger and Wong were seeded eighth in the $180,000 event. They shared $9,000 after losing to the seventh-seeded team of John Child and Mark Heese, 18-21, 21-11, 15-13.

After losing their opening match to top-seeded Emanuel Rego and Tande Ramos of Brazil, Metzger and Wong upset third-seeded Jorre Kjemperud and Vegard Hoidalen, and fifth-seeded Dain Blanton and Eric Fonoimoana before being eliminated.


Sweet treat: More than 500 boys and girls ages 9-14 are expected to compete in the 18th Hawai'i finals for the Hershey Track and Field Youth Program, according to Hershey state chairman, Rep. Dennis Arakaki.

The meet, which includes competition in the standing long jump, softball throw and sprints, will be held at the Punahou School track on Saturday, July 7, from 7:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"The top competitors from the state meet become eligible for selection to the Pacific Southwest Regional Team which competes against seven other regions of the United States and Canada at the Milton Hershey Field in Hershey, Pa., on Aug. 11," Arakaki said in a press release.

Those selected receive an all-expenses paid trip to the national meet.

Application forms for the state meet are available at City & County Parks and Recreation centers, from the military and track clubs.


Warrior football: University of Hawai'i head football coach June Jones will conduct a summer camp for incoming ninth-graders through 12th-graders, running Friday through Monday at the UH practice field.

Campers will have two options — an overnight camp for $295 per camper (includes three meals and dorm room) and a day camp for $175 (includes two meals).

Registration for the overnight session will be Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Hale Lehua Dormitory lobby. Registration for the day camp will immediately follow.

Discounts are available for teams of 10 or more. For more information, call the UH football office (956-6508) or Ken Buckles (1-877-498-5615).

Wahine basketball: The second session, Friday through Sunday, is open to girls ages 10-17 and boys ages 10-14. Registration forms are still being accepted.

University of Hawai'i coach Vince Goo, his staff and current and former players will conduct the camp at the Stan Sheriff Center and campus gyms. Fee is $75, which includes personalized instruction, station work, a 5-on-5 tournament, NCAA information and other techniques and strategies.

For more information and to obtain applications, call 956-2710 or 956-4507.

Wahine volleyball: The 20th annual Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Camp features four sessions for girls and boys entering grades 4-12. University of Hawai'i coach Dave Shoji, his staff and current and former players will conduct the camps.

The first session is currently being held, with the second July 19-22, third July 30-Aug. 2 and fourth Aug. 4-7. All will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Registration fee for each camp is $130. Dormitory and meal service is available for the final camp, for $375.