Tanoue wins national air rifle championship
Ryan Tanoue of Honolulu came from behind in the final match to win USA Shooting's National Junior Olympics 3-position Precision Air Rifle championship by the margin of a BB in Atlanta.
Tanoue, 18, of Kaimuki, is a recent graduate of St. Louis School who will attend the University of Nevada on an athletic scholarship for riflery. He won the state high school boys air rifle championship in November.
Tanoue trailed Aaron Shader of Kentucky by three points entering the final round of the nationals Monday. He emerged with 1,279.9 points to Shader's 1,279.7.
"We had 10 shots each from a standing position and one of my shots was a very little bit better," Tanoue said.
Tanoue beat out 135 competitors who all qualified in state championships.
Tanoue will compete in USA Shooting's Open Championships starting this weekend at the Tom Lowe Shooting Grounds in Atlanta.
Duran, Gonzales Easton All-Americans: Desiree Duran and Natalie Gonzales of the University of Hawai'i were named to the Easton Sports All-America softball teams.
Duran, a senior left-hander from San Bernardo, Calif., made the second team after leading the Wahine in ERA (1.40) and strikeouts (126) this past season. She had a 17-5 record, and her .773 winning percentage was the fifth-best for a single season in school history.
Duran is fourth in school history in games pitched (99), games started (72), wins (49) and strikeouts (322).
Gonzales, a junior second baseman from Stockton, Calif., made the third team. She led the Wahine in batting average (.336) and stolen bases (10).
Hawai'i finished this past season at 46-18 and qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
Fresno State outfield Becky Witt was the only other Western Athletic Conference player named to Easton's All-America teams.
Hawai'i boxers advance: Hawai'i boxers won five of six preliminary bouts at the National Junior Olympic Boxing Championships yesterday at Marquette, Mich.
Kini Sofa (106 pounds, Wai'anae), Ronald Cordeiro (112, Wai'anae), Glenn Miyose (125, Wai'anae), Jeffery Pelen Jr. (132, Wai'anae) and Glenn Dunnings (139, Honolulu) all won.
Rance Okano of Honolulu lost his bout in the 119-pound division.
106 pounds: Kini Sofa (Wai'anae) dec. Omar Crespo (Philadelphia), 3-2.
112: Ronald Cordeiro (Wai'anae) dec. Jonathan Brown (Norfolk, Va.), 3-2.
119: Jorge Teron (Bronx, N.Y.) dec. Rance Okano (Honolulu), 5-0.
125: Glenn Miyose (Wai'anae) dec. Karl Dargan (Philadelphia), 3-2.
132: Jeffery Pelen Jr. (Wai'anae) def. Daniel Hernandez (Hollister, Calif.), referee stopped contest in 1st round.
139: Glenn Dunnings (Honolulu) def. Raymond Smith (St. Paul, Minn.), rsc in 2nd.