Kihei captures Little League title
Brothers Michael, Isaiah and Josh Diaz combined for four RBIs as Kihei defeated 'Aiea, 6-4, Tuesday in the Little League major division (ages 11 and 12) state championship game at Pu'uiki Park in Waialua.
Kihei's victory overshadowed the hitting heroics of 'Aiea's Dylan Tawata, who hit a three-run home run in the first inning and a solo shot in the sixth.
Isaiah Diaz ignited Kihei's comeback with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first, and Kihei added three runs in the second and one in the third to take a 6-3 lead.
Michael Diaz, Josh Diaz and David Sifton had RBIs to spark the rally.
Kihei advances to the Western Regional in San Bernardino, Calif., starting Aug. 1.
Maui will host Kaua'i in Tsunami Bowl
The Maui Stars will host the Kaua'i Cowboys Saturday in the Tsunami Bowl, the championship game of the Hawai'i Football League.
Kickoff is 6:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Stadium.
The Maui Stars defeated the Pacific Iron Dogs of O'ahu, 54-6, in the semifinals on July 10. Kaua'i advanced by defeating the defending champion Kona Razorbacs, 24-14.
Irons reaches final of Billabong Pro
Hawai'i's Andy Irons advanced to the final of the Billabong Pro today at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa.
Irons, the two-time defending world champion from Kaua'i, pulled out a 13.84-12.17 victory over Jake Paterson of Australia in clean 3- to 5-foot sets. Irons trailed for most of the 30-minute heat before scoring 6.17 on a wave with 3:32 remaining to move ahead for good.
Irons met Australia's Nathan Hedge, who ousted Hawai'i's Sunny Garcia, in the other semifinal. Garcia briefly led with about five minutes left in the heat, but Hedge scored an 8.00 on a wave 30 seconds later and went on to win, 16.67 to 13.33.
Earlier, Irons beat Michael Lowe of Australia, 15.50 to 8.17, in the quarterfinals and Richard Lovett of Australia, 15.17 to 14.20, in the round of 16.
Garcia advanced with a quarterfinal win over Greg Emslie of South Africa (11.67 to 11.33) and a round-of-16 victory over Shane Powell of Australia (15.17 to 14.83).
Cole named president of Honolulu QB Club
Paul Cole of Kapolei was installed as president of the Ho-nolulu Quarterback Club.
Other officers are vice president Tsuneo Tanaka, secretary Joan Davis and treasurer Herman Stern. Board of directors are Les Keiter, Daniel Dravland, Paul Durham, Florence Au, Al Minn and Robert Young.