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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Baseball players from Hawai'i hit first homers

By Stacy Kaneshiro and Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writers

Occidental sophomore Sara Ajifu (Iolani) presents senior Andrew Sutton (Punahou) with a lei at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, Feb. 16 to 18.

Photo courtesy of Richard Sutton

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Members of Mount St. Mary's (Los Angeles) College's Na Pua O Kai Aina Hawai'i club cheered on the University of Hawai'i men's volleyball team to victory over Cal State Northridge last Friday.

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Flores

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If you know of any athletes deserving of recognition, give us their names, high schools and graduation years, colleges and sports. Photos are also welcome. E-mail us at: homegrown@honoluluadvertiser.com or contact Leila Wai at 535-2457.

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Three players from Hawai'i hit their first career collegiate home runs Saturday.

Long Beach State freshman catcher Kip Masuda, a 2005 Mid-Pacific graduate, hit a three-run home run in a five-run second inning of a 6-0 win against visiting Illinois-Chicago. Masuda was 2 for 4.

Creighton sophomore Michael Lam, a 2004 Punahou graduate, got a pinch-hit solo home run in the top of the ninth of a 9-5 win at Saint Louis.

Brigham Young freshman first baseman Kasey Ko, a 2005 Punahou graduate, hit a solo home run in a 10-5 win against Saint Mary's at the River City Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Ko was 2 for 4.


  • Hawai'i was well-represented at the River City Classic, co-hosted by Sacramento State and UC Davis.

    Washington State senior Zach McAngus (Kamehameha '02) hit a pinch-hit, three-run home run in the eighth inning as the Cougars beat San Francisco, 7-6, for the tournament championship Sunday in Sacramento, Calif. Washington State (10-2) trailed, 5-4, before McAngus homered for the second time in the tournament and season.

    In Thursday's tournament opener, McAngus was 3 for 4, including a two-run home run with five RBIs in a 9-4 win against Portland. McAngus finished 4 for 12 with eight RBIs in the tournament.

    Sacramento State senior outfielder Jim Strombach (Moanalua '02) batted 8 for 14 in four River City Classic games to extend his hitting streak to seven games.


  • Portland State junior outfielder Kimi Daniel (Sacred Hearts '03) was named the Pacific Coast Conference Softball Player of the Week on Feb. 21, after her performance at the Louisville Slugger Desert Classic at Las Vegas.

    Daniel hit a team-leading .467, going 7 of 15 in five games. She had two doubles, one triple and one home run for a .933 slugging percentage. She went 2 for 3 with a home run and tied a career-high with three RBIs in a 6-3 win over UTEP in the tournament opener. She then went 2 for 2 with a triple and an RBI in a 4-1 win over Purdue.

    "What a weekend for Kimi," first-year head coach Amy Hayes said on the team's Web site. "She came up in key situations and continually came through for us.

    "The other thing you don't hear about is her effort in the outfield. From left she threw out a couple of runners tying to stretch singles into doubles and that's a play that can really lift your defense's spirits."

  • Brigham Young sophomore center fielder Emi Snow (Kamehameha '04) had a hand in all four runs, driving in three runs and scoring the fourth in a 4-1 victory over Iowa State Friday.

    She went 2 for 3, including a two-run single in the second inning and another RBI single in the fourth to score senior first baseman Ianeta Le'i (Iolani '02), who reached on an error to lead off the inning.


  • Gonzaga sophomore Reyn Tanaka (Mid-Pacific '04) tied for 20th after shooting 76 in the one-round Inland Collegiate Cup at the 6,770-yard, par-72 Clarkston (Wash.) Country Club on Monday.


  • Menlo (Calif.) sophomore guard Kepua Lee (Moanalua '04 of Honolulu) was named the California Pacific Conference Player of the Year.

    Lee and senior guard Shannon Riley (Maryknoll '02) were named to the all-conference team.

    Lee scored 27 points in a 65-53 win over Holy Names Saturday to help the Oaks capture the postseason tournament title and automatic bid into the NAIA Division II National Championships.

    Menlo will make its first national tournament appearance since 2000. The 32-team, single-elimination Division II championships will be held March 8 to 14 in Sioux City, Iowa.

  • California Lutheran junior guard Tiffiny Shim (Kamehameha '03) made the game-winning basket with 3.1 seconds remaining in a 69-67 victory over Redlands for the team's second consecutive Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship on Feb. 21.

    Shim had nine points, four rebounds and a game-high seven assists. Freshman guard Cheryl Lee (Maryknoll '05) had eight points and two rebounds, and junior forward Caroline Beddow (Mid-Pacific '03) had five points and three rebounds.


  • Colorado School of Mines (Golden, Colo.) freshman guard Kyle Pape (Iolani '05) had 14 points and five rebounds in a 70-63 win over Regis Friday. He added 10 points in a 62-53 loss to Metro State Saturday.


  • Occidental senior Andrew Sutton (Punahou '01 of Waialae-Kahala) swam on four relay teams that finished in the top four at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships Feb. 16 to 18.

    Occidental placed third in the 400 freestyle (3:13.35) and 400 medley (3:34.35), and fourth in the 200 freestyle (1:29.77) and 800 freestyle (7:18.17).

    Individually, Sutton was fifth in the 200 freestyle (1:47.38), ninth in the 100 freestyle (48.51) and 16th in the 500 freestyle (5:06.42).

    Oxy freshman Santosh "Toshi" Baker (King Kekaulike '05 of Makawao) was seventh in the 200 butterfly (2:03:46) and ninth in the 200 backstroke (2:03:64).

    Oxy sophomore Sara Ajifu (Iolani of Kane'ohe) was 14th in the 100 freestyle (56.49) and the 50 freestyle (26.36), and her relay teams were third in the 400 freestyle relay (3:40.64) and fourth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.77).

    Redlands senior Mari Chang (Punahou of Honolulu) was 13th in the 200 butterfly (2:27.71).


  • Michigan junior Todd Iacovelli (Punahou '02 of Kailua) finished 13th in the 3,000 (8:28.95) at the Big Ten Indoor Track and Field Championships last weekend.


  • UC Irvine freshman libero Brent Asuka (Iolani '05) had a match-high 16 digs in a 30-20, 30-27, 30-22 sweep over UC San Diego Saturday.

  • Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) freshman outside hitter Devin Shiroma (Damien '05) had 10 kills and five blocks in a 30-24, 30-26, 30-25 win over Missouri Baptist on Feb. 21. He also had 13 kills in a 30-23, 30-23, 30-22 win over Warner Southern on Feb. 18.


  • Maryland senior Mandy Pascual (Punahou '01 of 'Aiea) tied for first in the uneven parallel bars, scoring 9.750, in a meet against Temple Sunday.

    Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com and Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.