Hayashi leads Mid-Pac by three
Big Island professional Kevin Hayashi shot a 1-over-par 73 yesterday but extended his lead to three strokes after two rounds of the Mid-Pacific Open at the Mid-Pacific Country Club in Lanikai.
Hayashi, a teaching pro at Mauna Kea Beach Resort, has a 36-hole total of 4-under 140 and a three-stroke lead over fellow pros Kenichiro Kato (71) and Casey Nakama (74).
Chad Saladin (76) and Nick Mason (73) were at even-par 144, followed by amateur Chan Kim (74) at 145.
All flights — pro, championship, A and B — were cut for the final two rounds today and tomorrow.
DALLAS BAPTIST BEATS HAWAI'I-HILO, 12-8
Drew Holder and Cody Montgomery hit grand slams to propel Dallas Baptist to a 12-8 victory over the University of Hawai'i-Hilo yesterday in Dallas.
Holder hit a first-inning slam for a 4-1 lead and, after UH-Hilo tied it at 4-all with three runs in the top of the second, Montgomery unloaded with his slam to cap a five-run fourth to put Dallas Baptist ahead to stay.
Dallas Baptist improved to 25-15, UH-Hilo fell to 15-32.
MILILANI'S MONDEN IN 3-METER SEMIFINALS
Aleia Monden of Mililani advanced to the semifinals of the 3-meter springboard at the U.S. Open Diving Championships yesterday at Indianapolis.
Monden, 16, of the Tropic Lightning team, earned the 18th and final spot to advance out of the preliminaries. She and UH's Qiongjie Huang will dive tomorrow morning for a place in the 12-women afternoon finals.
RAINBOW WAHINE FALL TO FRESNO STATE, 5-1
Robin Mackin tossed a three-hitter, allowing only a seventh-inning run, as No. 23-ranked Fresno State defeated the University of Hawai'i, 5-1, last night in a Western Athletic Conference game at Fresno, Calif.
The Bulldogs (29-13 and 7-1 in WAC) got run-scoring hits from Haley Perkins, Merryann Barr, Kristen Sylvester, Nicole Willis and Robin Mackin.
Val Manuma, who had two hits, scored the Rainbow Wahine (23-15, 7-2) run on an error.
The teams will play a doubleheader today.
UH MEN ADVANCE TO WAC TOURNEY SEMIS
The third-seeded University of Hawai'i defeated sixth-seeded Nevada, 4-1, yesterday to advance to today's semifinals of the Western Athletic Conference men's tennis championships at Boise, Idaho.
Ryan Sceats, Eldar Dzhafarov and Chad Faulk won their singles matches in straight sets and Jeff Fitch won by default as the Rainbow Warriors (10-5) rallied after losing the doubles point.
Hawai'i, ranked No. 72, will play second-seeded and 47th-ranked Fresno State today.
LAJOLA LOSES IN FINAL OF EASTER BOWL JUNIORS
Sixth-seeded Dennis Lajola, of 'Aiea, reached the final of the Easter Bowl ITF Junior Championships earlier this month only to fall to top-seeded Donald Young, 6-3, 6-1. The tournament was in Palm Springs, Calif.
Lajola, 17, is five months older than Young, who became the youngest player to win the prestigious title when he captured it at age 14. Young now has three Easter Bowl singles titles.
Young, who is a pro, also won the doubles title with partner Jamie Hunt. Lajola reached the semifinals with Johnny Hamui. Lajola beat Hamui, seeded ninth, in a singles semifinal.
Lajola is ranked 30th in the world in Boys 18's — 51 spots better than a year ago. Young is No. 2. Lajola attends the International Tennis Academy at Delray Beach, Fla.
TRACK AND FIELD
UH'S WEAVER QUALIFIES FOR NCAAS IN HAMMER
University of Hawai'i sophomore Meghan Weaver qualified for her third NCAA Regional event when she threw the hammer a personal-best 180 feet, 4 inches yesterday at the UC San Diego Triton Invitational at La Jolla, Calif.
Weaver qualified in the discus and shot put at last week's Cal State Los Angeles Twilight Open.
Weaver, whose previous best was 164-0, finished in 12th place as all 14 throwers cleared the regional standard of 177-8.
Weaver joins UH teammate Patricia Gauthier (pole vault) in the NCAA West Regional, May 26-27, in Provo, Utah.
PRINCE, PARTNER GAIN REALITY SERIES SEMIS
Former Rainbow Wahine All-American Victoria Prince and partner Jen Abernathy earned the second seed and advanced to today's semifinals of the inaugural College Sports Television Collegiate Nationals Volleyball Championships.
The made-for-TV event, which is also being filmed as a CSTV reality series, is being played at Harrah's Plaza, just off Virginia Street in downtown Reno, Nev. More than 200,000 pounds of sand were trucked in for the weekend.
Prince, a two-time second-team All-American for Hawai'i, and Abernathy, a third-team All-American from Arizona, play Maryland's Rachel Wagener and Colorado's Allie Griffin in one semifinal today. The final will follow with the winning team receiving a wild-card entry into an AVP pro beach tour event this summer.
Paula Gentil (Minnesota) and Bibiana Candelas (USC) are the top-seeded team after yesterday's round-robin. They face Lauren Brewster (Notre Dame) and Jess Veris (Washington) in the other semifinal.
CSTV initially chose 16 of the top seniors in March to participate in an AVP pro beach camp. The top eight advanced to this tournament and the reality series called "Go Pro or Go Home."
HONOLULU'S SWANSON WINS NATIONAL CROWN
Melinda Swanson, of Honolulu and Hawai'i Tenri Judo Club, beat top-seeded Brittni Bradford, of Fall River, Mass., in yesterday's final of the women's over-78-kilogram division (171.5 pounds) at the USA Judo Senior National Championships in Houston.
Swanson, 23, earned the right as the tournament champion to play for a spot on the Pan American team. However, Bradford, who opposed her as the No. 1 seed, pinned Swanson twice in a playoff to win the spot.
The Pan Am Games will be held May 24 to 29 at Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Taylor Takata, an Iolani School graduate, is among several judoka with local ties expected to compete in today's final divisions.