PacWest honors HPU's Maruoka
Hawai'i Pacific men's basketball player Leandro Maruoka, who helped the Sea Warriors sweep 22nd-ranked Alaska-Fairbanks, was named Pacific West Conference Player of the Week yesterday.
The 6-foot-8 senior center from Campinas Sol, Brazil, had a combined 54 points and 36 rebounds in victories over Northwest Nazarene (Idaho) on Dec. 17, Pacific University (Ore.) on Dec. 20 and Alaska Fairbanks on Saturday and Sunday.
He posted career-high performances against Alaska-Fairbanks on Saturday with 21 points and on Sunday with 15 rebounds.
Maruoka recorded his first double-double of the season for the Sea Warriors (7-1), scoring 19 points to go with his rebounds against Alaska-Fairbanks on Sunday.
Two honored for academics: Hawai'i seniors Wanette Miyashiro and Noelle Takemoto were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/adidas Scholar All-West Region first team.
Miyashiro, a midfielder from 'Aiea, has a 3.70 grade-point average in physical education. She was a second-team pick last season.
Takemoto, a defender from Honolulu, has a 3.50 GPA in history.
Kalabic, Samac All-Americans: Brigham Young-Hawai'i's Vanja Kalabic and Chaminade's Petar Samac earned spots on the NCAA II Water Polo All-America first team announced yesterday.
Kalabic, a sophomore from Belgrade, Yugoslavia, earned his second consecutive first-team honor. He led the Seasiders (16-10) in scoring for the second consecutive season and helped the team to its first-ever top twenty ranking and fourth-place in the Western Water Polo Association Championship.
BYU-Hawai'i's Jordan Brink and Alexsander Stankovic were named All-Conference honorable mention.
Samac, a senior from Zagreb, Croatia, led the Silverswords (10-10) to eighth place in the Western Water Polo Association Championships last month at San Diego.
UH men No. 23: The Hawai'i men's swimming team moved up a spot to No. 23 in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top 25.
The Rainbows are 11-0 after defeating Central Washington and Cincinnati on Dec. 19.
Michigan is No. 1, followed by Texas and Stanford.
Hawai'i is the only Western Athletic Conference team in the poll.
Kamehameha grad Agpalsa honored: Linfield (Ore.) offensive guard Daryl Agpalsa, a 1998 Kamehameha Schools graduate from Waikele, was named to the Associated Press Little All-America second team today.
Agpalsa, a 5-foot-10, 220-pound senior, became the first player from Hawai'i to make the American Football Coaches Association Division III All-America team earlier this year.
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