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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, March 31, 2002

Twelve Hawai'i boxers in U.S. men's championships

Advertiser Staff

Twelve Hawai'i boxers will fight at the U.S. Men's Boxing Championships at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas starting tomorrow.

The Hawai'i team includes Kini Sofa Jr. (112 pounds), Dat Nguyen (125), Shirrod Victoria (132), Travis Tandal (139), Brent Rodrigues (147), Tyson Lee (156), Shawn Murphy (165), Kaleo Padilla (178) and Ali Burgess (201-plus). The team will be accompanied by manager Ralph Martin, head coach Bruce Kawano and coach Jeff McKee.

Other Hawai'i boxers in the tournament are Northern Michigan University's Samson Guillermo (119) and Van Oscar Penovaroff (132) and Mike Keopuhiwa (106) of the U.S. Army.

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• UH earns split with San Jose: Stacy Hirano and Denise Dahlberg each had two-run doubles in a five-run fourth inning to lead Hawai'i to a 9-2 victory over San Jose State to earn a split in a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader yesterday at San Jose, Calif.

The Spartans scored two runs in the top of the third inning for a 2-1 victory, breaking UH's seven-game winning streak.

In the second game, Stacey Porter batted 4-for-4, Tricia Ramos went 3-for-3 and Kate Judd hit a two-run homer.

UH is 26-16 overall, 7-1 in the WAC. San Jose State is 14-30 and 2-6.

• HPU drops two: Shellie Broyles went 4-for-4, including a two-run homer and four RBIs to lift Western New Mexico to a 18-6 victory over Hawai'i Pacific for a Pacific West Conference doubleheader sweep at Silver City, N.M.

The Lady Mustangs won the second game, 5-1.

Western New Mexico is 23-7-1, 14-2 in the PacWest. HPU is 18-12 and 4-6.

Brandy Choy Foo had five hits in the doubleheader, including a home run in the fifth inning of the first game.

• BYUH swept: Joey Ehnes pitched a two-hitter and drove in the winning run in the eighth inning to lift Montana State-Billings to a 1-0 Pacific West victory over Brigham Young-Hawai'i at Billings, Mont. Billings also won the second game, 5-3.

Montana State-Billings is 3-15 overall and 3-13 in the PacWest. BYUH is 9-20 and 2-10.

In the second game, BYUH held a 3-1 lead before the Yellowjackets scored four runs in the sixth.

• UH-Hilo splits doubleheader: Tara Martinez pitched a two-hitter to lift the University of Hawai'i-Hilo to a 2-1 victory over the University of Tampa and a split of a doubleheader at Tampa, Fla., yesterday.

Tampa (21-8) won the opener, 1-0. Hilo is 26-11.

Leinani Hashida was 3-for-3 in the second game.

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• UH loses twice: UC San Diego scored three goals in the first period en route to a 5-2 victory over Hawai'i in the Rainbow Challenge at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex yesterday. Karin van Hoff scored both of Hawai'i's goals.

UC Davis defeated UH in the tournament's final game, 6-4.

UC San Diego (15-8) won the tournament with a 4-0 record. UH (10-10) was 2-2 in the tournament.

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• Bloch 11th: University of Hawai'i swimmer Cheyne Bloch finished 11th in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships at Athens, Ga., yesterday.

Bloch, a sophomore, finished in 1 minute, 57.35 seconds. Texas' Brendan Hansen set NCAA and American records in 1:52.88.

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• Goo, Jones to speak: UH coaches Vince Goo (women's basketball) and June Jones (football) will speak at tomorrow's Honolulu Quarterback Club at the Pagoda Hotel. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting at noon.

Also speaking are Mike Taylor, Punahou's girls basketball coach, and Dwight Holiday, co-chairman of the American Cancer Society's Coaches versus Cancer.