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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, March 8, 2006

Freshmen get basketball honors

By Leila Wai and Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writers

Shanna-Lei Dacanay

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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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Kyle Pape

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Two guards from Hawai'i earned honors in their first basketball seasons.

Washington University's (St. Louis) Shanna-Lei Dacanay, a 2005 Punahou graduate, was named the University Athletic Association Rookie of the Year, and Colorado School of Mines' Kyle Pape, a 2005 Iolani graduate, was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year.

Dacanay appeared in all 25 games and led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.07-1). She also received honorable mention accolades. Washington (25-2) plays Hope College in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday.

Pape led Colorado School of Mines in scoring with 14.0 points per game, which ranked 11th in the conference. He also averaged 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, and was named honorable mention all-East Division.

Pape was named to the RMAC All-Tournament team, after scoring a team-high 25 points in a 72-71 victory over second-seeded Fort Lewis in the quarterfinals on March 1 and 20 points and four assists in a 74-61 loss to Nebraska-Kearney on Saturday in the semifinals.


  • Brigham Young junior guard Rashaun Broadus (Mililani '02) earned all-Mountain West Conference honorable-mention honors after averaging 9.9 points, fifth on the team, and 2.3 rebounds while leading the Cougars with 23 steals and 2.73 assists per game.

    He scored 12 points in Saturday's regular-season finale, a 76-68 victory over New Mexico.


  • After being surprised by her family in Mississippi, Alcorn State (Miss.) sophomore center Latoya Wily (Kahuku '04) posted two double-doubles last week.

    Her mother and sister knocked on her door on Thursday afternoon, according to the school's Web site.

    "Well, I cried," Wily said on the Web site. "This is the first time that my mom and sister have seen me play here, and this is the first time they've been to Mississippi."

    Wily scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in a 69-43 win over Texas Southern that day. She followed that with an 11-point, 10-rebound output in a 73-52 victory over Prairie View on Saturday.

  • California Lutheran junior guard Tiffiny Shim (Kamehameha '03 of Pearl City) was named to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference second team.

    Shim ranked second in the conference with 4.91 assists a game and averaged 8.2 points per game.


  • Southern California freshman left-hander David Parrow (Kamehameha '05 of Nanakuli) picked up his first collegiate victory in a 9-5 win against Georgia on Friday at Dedeaux Field.

    Parrow, who did not pitch when USC played at Hawai'i a week earlier, pitched 1 1/3 perfect innings. He entered the game with the Trojans trailing, 5-3, in the top of the sixth. After Parrow retired the side in order in the top of the seventh, the Trojans scored six in the bottom of the inning to take the lead.

  • Willamette junior first baseman Grant Yamaguchi (Mid-Pacific '03) went 8 for 13, including four doubles and a home run, to help the Bearcats take 2 of 3 at Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., over the weekend in Division III action.

    Freshman right-hander Kelsey Nakata (Mililani '05) pitched four innings, allowing a run on one hit with one strikeout to pick up the win in Willamette's 4-2 victory Sunday.


  • Stanford junior Hongzhe Sun (Iolani '03) won the 200 backstroke (1:41.17), 200 individual medley (1:44.49) and the 100 backstroke (46.79) at the Pacific-10 Conference Championships last weekend.

    Stanford sophomore Noa Sakamoto (Punahou '04) was sixth in the 1650 freestyle (15:11.63) and 10th in the 500 freestyle (4:23.35).

    California-Berkeley sophomore Mark Eckert (Iolani '04) was fourth in the 200 backstroke (1:43.89), seventh in the 100 backstroke (49.01) and won the consolation final in the 200 individual medley (1:47.38). His 200 backstroke time was an NCAA A qualifying time.

  • UC Irvine sophomore Chelsea Nagata (Maui '04 of Kahului) has been selected to compete in three events in the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships March 16 to 18 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

    Nagata will compete in the 50 freestyle, the 100 butterfly (in which she holds the 19th fastest time in the country at 53.91) and the 100 backstroke.

  • Savannah College of Art and Design (Ga.) freshman Christine Phillips (Academy of the Pacific) won the 1,650 freestyle (17:25.43) at the NAIA Swimming & Diving National Championships last weekend at St. Peters, Mo.

    Phillips was second in the 500 freestyle (5:03.08) and 200 freestyle (1:54.50), and her 400 medley relay also placed second (4:01.98).

    Lindenwood (St. Charles, Mo.) sophomore Jon Lau (Iolani '04) was fifth in the 200 butterfly (1:57.26), sixth in the 100 butterfly (51.82), eighth in the 200 individual medley (2:00.33) and his 400 medley relay team won in 3:28.29.

    Joining Lau on the 400 medley relay team was sophomore Chris Ricketts (Mid-Pacific '04), who also placed seventh in the 100 freestyle (47.68) and ninth in the 50 freestyle (21.87), and his 200 freestyle relay was third (1:26.07), and his 400 freestyle relay was fifth (3:11.99).

    Lindenwood junior Erin Nakamoto (Kalani '03) placed third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.17) and 10th in the 200 backstroke (2:17.20). Her 200 medley relay team placed fourth (1:52.28), the 400 medley relay was fourth (4:07.42), the 200 freestyle relax team was sixth (1:41.92) and the 400 freestyle relay was sixth (3:46.27).

    Nakamoto, an accounting major, was also named a Daktronics-NAIA Women's Swimming & Diving All-America Scholar-Athlete.

    Lindenwood sophomore Amanda Chun (Iolani '04) also participated in the meet.


  • Sacred Heart (Fairfield, Conn.) libero Brent Monden (Hawai'i Baptist of Kane'ohe) posted a match-high 21 digs in a 30-27, 30-24, 25-30, 30-28 loss to Rivier (N.H.) on Feb. 24.

    Monden, a graduate student, had six digs in a 30-13, 30-27, 30-24 loss to Harvard on Saturday.


  • Midshipman 4th Class Antone Aku (Campbell) was named Brigade Boxing Champion after winning the 139-pound weight class at the U.S. Naval Academy on Feb. 24.

    Aku will compete in the Midwest Region Championships in Chicago March 24 to 26, where the top four advance to the National Collegiate Boxing Association (NCBA) Championships in Reno, Nev., April 6 to 8.

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