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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, January 21, 2005

UH cheerleaders third in nationals

Advertiser Staff

The University of Hawai'i placed third in the National College Cheerleading Championships, tying its highest finish ever in 15 years of participation.

The event was held last weekend in Orlando, Fla., with 16 teams competing in the Division I-A level.

Last year, UH finished 13th.

"This team has worked extremely hard and really earned the respect of the judges and the audience," said UH coach Mike Baker. "The university and the state were represented well in Orlando."

Kentucky won the title for the second year in a row. Tennessee edged out UH for second.

The competition will be aired on ESPN in March.


16 earn WAC honors

Sixteen University of Hawai'i student-athletes were named to the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team for fall sports, the league announced.

The UH soccer team led the way with six student-athletes named. UH women's volleyball had four honorees while UH football and women's cross country had three each.

Soccer player Joelle Sugai had the highest grade-point average among UH student-athletes with a 3.78 in General Business.

The senior midfielder, who played in every game in her UH career, also was named to an academic All-America third team by the College Sports Information Directors' Association last November.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed at least one academic year, have at least a 3.2 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.

The UH honorees:

Women's Cross Country

  • Dana Buchanan (So., 3.36, General Arts and Studies)
  • Sharlene Carillo (So., 3.57, Zoology)
  • Chantelle Laan (So., 3.51, General Arts and Studies)


  • Karl Noa (Fr., 3.20, Computer Science)
  • Kenny Patton (So., 3.63, English)
  • Dane Uperesa (So., 3.39, Communications)

Women's soccer

  • Krystalynn Ontai (Sr., 3.48, English)
  • Joelle Sugai (Sr., 3.78, General Business)
  • Koren Takeyama (Fr., 3.22, Pre-Business)
  • Jessica Uecker (Sr., 3.41, Biology)
  • Seline Williams (Jr., 3.47, Communications)
  • Wendi Young (Sr., 3.40, Marketing)

Women's volleyball

  • Susie Boogaard (Jr., 3.24, Sociology)
  • Teisa Fotu (Sr., 3.21, Biology)
  • Kanoe Kamana'o (So., 3.39, Communications)
  • Cayley Thurlby (So., 3.40, Journalism)


Buder needs help

A fund-raiser to help offset medical costs for former world bodyboarding champ Jacky Buder will be held Sunday at Pipeline Cafe, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Buder is recovering from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare nerve disorder. He was initially paralyzed from the neck down last October, but has since regained his speech and motion in his upper body.

Buder was at The Queen's Medical Center for several months, and is now at the Rehab Hospital of the Pacific.

Buder, a Kaimuki High grad, won an amateur bodyboarding world championship in 1990 and a professional world title in 1999.

Sunday's event will feature live entertainment and a silent auction. Among the items for bid are a Nissan Xterra and autographed surfboards.

Tickets are $10 if purchased before Sunday at all Town & Country Surf shops, Turbo Surf in Kapahulu, Surf N Sea in Hale'iwa, and Point Break in Waimanalo. Tickets will be $15 at the door.