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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Wise 'proud' of golfing honor

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer

New Mexico State junior Lehua Wise was selected to the Sun Belt Conference's All-Time Women's Golf Team.

Wise, a 2003 Kaua'i graduate, is a two-time all-conference selection, and won the conference tournament as a freshman.

"This is a great accomplishment for me individually," Wise said on the program's Web site. "I am proud to be a part of NMSU athletics and it's great to be able to bring recognition like this to the program. I am just honored to have been named to the team and I feel so privileged."


  • Portland junior Melanie Lee (Pearl City of Waipahu) finished 23rd at the West Coast Conference Championships that concluded yesterday.

    She shot 80-88-86254 at the 5,823-yard, par-72 Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, Calif.


  • San Francisco freshman Kurt Nino (Damien '05) tied for 20th (75-76-76227) at the West Coast Conference Championships at the 6,826-yard, par-72 Saddle Creek Golf Course in Copperopolis, Calif.

    Loyola Marymount senior Chaz Inouye (St. Anthony '02) tied for 23rd (78-74-76228) in the tournament that concluded yesterday.

    Gonzaga sophomore Reyn Tanaka (Mid-Pacific '04) finished with a 73 yesterday for a 54-hole total of 228, but took a disqualification for playing the wrong ball out of the rough early in the final round, according to a press release by Gonzaga.

    According to the release, Bulldog head coach Robert Gray said Tanaka hit a ball into an area of rough. It was the same general area he hit a ball into during a practice round Sunday. Tanaka found what he thought was his ball and played it. But the ball he played was a "3" (a ball identifier marking) and he and his playing partner were playing a "2," which led Tanaka to disqualify himself for playing the wrong ball.

    "He is an honorable young man," Gray said in the release. "It shows what kind of a guy he is. And it falls into what we preach at Gonzaga we don't cheat to win. It was an unfortunate thing with the ball still there from the practice round, and had it been me I probably would have assumed it was the correct ball also."


  • Washington senior Lauran Dignam (Iolani '02 of 'Aina Haina) placed fourth in the 400-meter dash in 55.33 seconds at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational hosted by California-Berkeley Saturday.

    California-Berkeley freshman Fran Weems (Kealakehe '05 of Kailua, Kona) was 11th in 58.58.

    Weems placed third in the 200 (25.05 seconds) at the Johnny Mathis Invitational on April 9.


  • Dartmouth senior Kristin Simunovich (Punahou '02 of Kailua) was named to the All-Ivy Academic Team. She is an anthropology/sociology major.

    Simunovich finished her career with three Dartmouth top-10 finishes, in the 50 freestyle (ninth, 24.67 seconds), 100 freestyle (sixth, 53.28) and 200 freestyle (sixth, 1:54.51).

  • Pacific Lutheran freshman Katelyn Umetsu (Waimea of 'Ele'ele) was named to the winter sports Northwest Conference Academic All-Conference Team.


  • Sacramento State senior outfielder Jim Strombach (Moanalua '02) batted 2 for 4 with two RBIs in a 9-7 victory over San Jose State on Friday.


  • Linfield freshman guard Jessica Hanato (Konawaena '05) was named to the winter sports Northwest Conference Academic All-Conference Team. She is a business major.


  • Brigham Young senior first baseman Ianeta Le'i (Iolani '02) was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for the second time in her career.

    Le'i set career highs with home runs in a season (14) and RBIs in a season (55) with 16 games remaining. She had six home runs in six games, doubled twice and tallied 19 RBIs. She is now within five RBIs of tying a school record for most in a season.

    She had a home run, double and seven RBIs in a doubleheader sweep yesterday over New Mexico, 11-1 and 12-10.

    She hit three home runs and drove in eight runs in BYU's 14-10 and 16-13 victories over Colorado State over the weekend.

    She also hit a home run in a 10-5 loss to Southern Utah on April 11.

    Senior third baseman Ashlyn Russell (Baldwin '02) batted 3 for 8, with four runs, three RBIs, a home run, and two doubles, and sophomore center fielder Emi Snow (Kamehameha '04) was 3 for 9 with four RBIs against Colorado State.


  • UC Irvine junior William Pochereva (Punahou '03) was the winning skipper in his regatta B division, helping UC Irvine capture the Moody Trophy at the University of Rhode Island over the weekend.

    Pochereva's crew scored 62 points.


  • Punahou midfielder Kyle Ertel signed with Point Loma University (San Diego) to play for the men's soccer team in the fall, according to his father, Steve Ertel.

  • Iolani shortstop Brett Hasegawa signed with Grand Canyon University to join its baseball program in the fall, Iolani announced on its Web site.

  • Kamehameha-Hawai'i's Dancyne Kama signed with the University of the Pacific women's volleyball team and will join the program in the fall.

  • Kamehameha-Hawai'i's Kealaonaonaaloha "Kaniu" Hernandez signed with the women's volleyball program at the University of Hawai'i-Hilo.

    Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.