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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 29, 2003

Ex-UH hoops star Roper signs pro deal

Advertiser Staff and News Services

Former University of Hawai'i center Christen Roper has signed a contract to play professional basketball in Europe, the university announced yesterday.

Roper, who is 6 feet 5, signed a one-year contract to play for the Universa BC Marburg Marlins of Germany's Federal Basketball League. The team won the division last season and represented Germany in the Europe Cup.

She signed a free-agent contract with the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs in the spring and competed in training camp and two exhibition games before being cut in May.

Roper played 117 games with the Rainbow Wahine and holds the Hawai'i and Western Athletic Conference career records for blocks (303).

She averaged 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Rainbow Wahine last season.


Spiker honored: Jonathan Spiker has been named the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner for Hawai'i.

The award is named for the late Olympic and world champion and is based equally upon athletic, scholastic and community achievements.

Spiker compiled a 142-0 record at Saint Louis School. He is a four-time Interscholastic League of Honolulu wrestling champion and four-time state wrestling champion.

He also graduated No. 1 in his class with a 4.2 GPA and volunteers for the Kuakini Health System and United Church of Christ Youth Group service projects.

Spiker will attend Harvard in the fall.


Guillermo headed to Dominican Republic: Wai'anae's Samson Guillermo will represent the United States at the 2003 Pan American Games, Aug. 1 to 17 in San Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The event is the first major international competition for Guillermo, the U.S. bantamweight (119 pound) champion.

The Pan American Games will serve as the first Olympic qualifier for the respective countries. Only 60 boxers from the United States will be allowed to compete at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.


Men's Night Doubles suspended: Sunday's first round of the Kailua Racquet Club Men's Night Doubles tennis tournament was suspended when a transformer blew out at the club. The problem also postponed all of last night's matches.

Tournament officials hope to continue first-round play tonight. For updated information, call the club at 263-4444.

If there are no more postponements, semifinals will be Friday, which was originally scheduled as a rain date. The final is still set for Saturday at 6 p.m.

Admission is free.


'Aiea wins in 9th: Brian Moyihara singled to right field to score Derek Grace in the bottom of the ninth inning to give 'Aiea a 5-4 win over East Jefferson (Wash.) at the Little League Juniors (13-14) Division Western Regional at Vancouver, Wash., on Sunday.

Keoni Lum, Tripper Chung, and Grace each went 2-for-5 at the plate.


Hawai'i wins 27 medals: More than 30 Hawai'i athletes ages 6 through 17 competed at the 23rd Taekwondo Junior National Championships, June 30 to July 6, at Orlando, Fla.

Hawai'i netted 27 medals in the sparring and poomsae divisions.