Jamboree features the best in girls basketball
The Mufi Hannemann Basketball Jamboree, a showcase of female basketball talent in Hawai'i, will be held this weekend at the Iolani School gym.
The event will feature players from state high school champion Punahou, including tournament MVP Rachel Kane. Also expected to participate are Latoya Wily, Mona Ale and Karla Tailele from state runner-up Kahuku, and Patti Hardimon, Marleen Leautu and Amy Kotani from O'ahu Interscholastic Association champion Moanalua.
Former University of Hawai'i players Fran Villarmia-Kahawai, Kyla Evers, Michelle Gabriel, Kalei Namohala and Hedy Liu will double as coaches and players.
Six teams of high school and collegiate players will compete Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The semifinals and championship game are scheduled for Monday, along with games featuring girls 14-and-under and 12-and-under teams. Competition will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Jamboree is open to the public, with no admission charge. Donations are welcome, with proceeds to benefit the Gender Equity Sports Club.
U.S. Open qualifying: Akane Ohshiro of Japan shot a 2-over-par 74 to lead a U.S. Women's Open qualifier yesterday at Ko Olina Golf Club.
Ohshiro, Summerset Lovett of Honolulu, Heidi Chua of the Philippines and Bridget Dwyer of Kailua advanced to sectional qualifying in California next month.
Lovett and Chua both shot 77 yesterday while Dwyer won a playoff against three others, including recent Jennie K. winner Stephanie Kono, after all shot 79.
The 2003 U.S. Women's Open will be played July 3-6 at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Ore.
Islander honored: The Hawaiian Islanders' Nian Taylor was been named arenafootball2 National Iron Man of the Week.
Taylor, a receiver/defensive back, caught four passes for 77 yards and three touchdowns, and also had six solo tackles, four assists and a fumble recovery in last Friday's 61-55 win over the Wichita Stealth.
The award is given to a player who excels on offense and defense.
Taylor has 32 receptions for 482 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He won the award twice last season.
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