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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, July 18, 2002

Iolani grad Ta'amu signs with Vikings

Advertiser Staff

Guard Ed Ta'amu, one of Minnesota's fourth-round draft picks, signed yesterday with the Vikings.

Ta'amu, an Iolani School graduate, was taken 132nd overall in the NFL Draft.

He was a two-time All-Mountain West Conference pick at the University of Utah.

On Tuesday, the Vikings signed their sixth- and seventh-round selections, linebacker Nick Rogers and defensive tackle Chad Beasley.

Minnesota has yet to sign its first-, second-, third- and fourth-round draft selections.


• Westfield Junior PGA: Honolulu's Michelle Wie shot a 5-over-par 76, and is 11 stokes behind Sung Ea Lee of Idaho yesterday after the first round of the Westfield Junior PGA Championships in Ohio.

Four strokes behind Wie is Kristen Higa of Hilo (80).

In the boys' division, Shaun Eclcchner of Lahaina (77) and Koa Furtado of Kailua (79) trail leader Tyler Aldridge of Nampa, Idaho (67).

The tournament runs through Saturday.


• West Marine Pacific Cup: Wildflower, a Wylie 27, leads the double-handed division and Spirit, an S&C 342, is atop the A division of the San Francisco-to-Kane'ohe West Marine Pacific Cup race as of yesterday.

Other division leaders are Bequia (B), NaughtyHotty (C), E.T. (D), Octavia (E), Azul (F) and J-Bird III (G).


• ODKF grants announced: The Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation honored its 2001-2002 scholarship recipients and announced its athletic grant winners at the annual Mahalo Luncheon.

Individual grant winners are: Kekoa Auwae, Billy Choi, Nathan Carroll, Crystal Dzigas, Keegan Edwards, Kainalu Froiseth, Kapono Nahina and Hoku Webb for surfing; Susan Burr for triathlon; Daniel Coakley, Mark Eckert, John Flanagan and Hongzhe Sun for swimming; Kanesa Duncan for paddleboarding; Kaikaika Nance for paddling; Erik Smith for rodeo; Amy Tong for judo; and Adrienne Vogel for dance.

Teams that will receive athletic grants are: Hawai'i Canoe Kayak, Hawai'i Swimming Club-Kahului, Hawaiian Island Twisters, International Hawaiian Canoe Association, Lae'ula O Kai Educational and Cultural Organization, Lanikai Canoe Club, Marimed Foundation, Na Opio Canoe Racing Association, Pyramid Waveriders-Kalaheo High School, Outrigger Canoe Club-Macfarlane Regatta, OCC-Cline Mann Paddleboard Race and Redwings Memorial Events Committee.

The mission of the foundation is to "financially support the development of individuals and organizations which perpetuate the spirit and legacy of Duke Kahanamoku."

The organization has raised more than $1 million and awarded some $60,000 in scholarships and grants this year.