Transpac race begins today
A Hawai'i sailing crew that dedicated a race to a lymphoma survivor in 2001 will return for the 42nd Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles-to-Honolulu that begins today.
Two years ago, sailors Dan Doyle and Bruce Burgess dedicated their run in Transpac to Natalie Frazier of Mililani. Frazier acted as an honorary crew member and kept in touch with Doyle and Burgess throughout the race delivering inspiration from her home.
This year, Doyle and Burgess have added Gary Jobson, a world class sailor and ESPN commentator who was recently diagnosed with lymphoma, to the honorary crew member list.
Doyle and Burgess race under the sailing name "Two Guys on the Edge" and compete in the doublehanded class. The doublehanded champion will receive The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Gary Jobson Perpetual Trophy.
The goal of Doyle and Burgess is to raise awareness and funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Donations can be sent to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 680 Iwilei Road, Suite 675, Honolulu, HI 96817. For details, call 534-1222.
23,000 season tickets, so far: The University of Hawai'i has sold 800 new season tickets for football in the week since the Board of Regents approved a new five-year contract for head coach June Jones.
With season tickets on sale through mid-August, the school hopes to recover from an 11.2 percent dropoff in renewals, the largest in six years. Of the 25,000 season tickets sold last year, 22,200 were renewed. The usual non-renewal rate is between 2 percent and 5 percent, although UH officials braced for a 5 percent to 10 percent dropoff because of an increase in premium-seat fees and the availability of live pay-per-view telecasts of home games.
"We sold 800 (new season tickets) in the first week and still have more than a month to go so we feel really good about that," associate athletic director Thomas Sadler said in a news release.
UH was 10-4 last season.
Tickets can be purchased at UH's Stan Sheriff Center box office or by phone (944-2697) weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., excluding holidays.
Season ticket prices are $135 for sideline tickets, $117 for South end zone, $99 for North end zone (adults), $77 for North end zone (senior citizens and students age 4 through high school).
UH will play seven games at Aloha Stadium, opening against Appalachian State on Aug. 30.
Matsui a champion: Chani Matsui, a 16-year-old incoming junior at Kamehameha Schools, took home the gold medal in the 106-pound weight classÊat the National School Age Weightlifting Championship in Essex Junction, Vt., last weekend.
She lifted 52.5 kilograms (115 pounds) in the snatch, and 67.5 kilograms (149 pounds) in the clean and jerk for 120 kilograms (264 pounds).
More than 250 weightlifters from across the country participated in the three-day event. Matsui was the only lifter from Hawai'i.
Matsui placed second at the National Junior Weightlifting Championship in Altamonte Springs, Fla., in March, and sixth at the National Senior Weightlifting Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn., on May 18.
Hayashi wins qualifying: Kevin Hayashi of Hapuna Golf Club shot a 5-under par 67 to win medalist honors in the qualifying round of the Aloha Section Match Play Championship at Turtle Bay Resorts' Arnold Palmer Course yesterday.
Hayashi will join 31 other golfers in the opening round of match play today. Defending champion Ron Castillo Jr., who shot 74 yesterday, is the top seed.
Larry Stubblefield shot a 75 to win the senior division qualifying round. Ron Kia'aina, the defending champion in the senior division, is seeded first in match play. Kia'aina shot 78 yesterday.
First round matches begin at 7 a.m. with the second round starting at 11:30 today. The 36-hole final is Thursday.
Wai'anae team to nationals: A 16-and-under Wai'anae girls basketball team is seeking donations so it can compete in a tournament in Florida on July 5-12.
The Wai'anae Lady Warriors were the only all-girls team in the Hawai'i Basketball Association this season. The Warriors won three of eight games against boys teams and were invited to the Youth Basketball of America Nationals that starts on Saturday in Polk County, Fla.
The Warriors are the first Hawai'i team to reach the YBOA national tournament, according to coach Reggie Kirkman.
Each girl needs to raise approximately $1,400 to $1,600 to cover airfare, lodging and sightseeing excursions.
The Warriors have raised about $5,400 from malassada and kalua pig sales, car washes, dances and donations, but are still about $5,500 short, according to Kirkman.
Donations can be made at any First Hawaiian Bank. Checks can be made out to the Lady Wai'anae Warriors. For information, call Kirkman at 291-4989.