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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, May 3, 2006

HOMEGROWN REPORT
Soccer's Garbin gets sixth year at Oregon

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Nicole Garbin

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Oregon senior soccer player Nicole Garbin has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

The 2001 Baldwin graduate suffered two anterior cruciate ligament knee injuries since beginning her career at Oregon. She tore her left ACL prior to the 2002 season and then tore her right ACL during the spring before the 2004 season. She did not play in either year.

"I was just told over and over that I was gonna get it for sure, but still, in the back of your mind, there's always the possibility you won't," she said. "It's a relief to know it's official now."

Garbin, who graduates in June, has been admitted to graduate school. She will pursue an education degree.

Her goals for her senior year are to lead the Ducks to their first winning season and to qualify for the NCAA tournament.

"Just as anyone, when they're a senior, they want to put everything they have into it," Garbin said. "I want to go out with no regrets."

Garbin, a forward, holds school career records for game-winning goals (13), assists (14) and shots (173). She ranks second in career goals (22) and points (58). She was named to the All-Pac-10 second team in 2003 and '05.

"Nicole is one of the best players in the Pac-10," said Oregon coach Tara Erickson in a press release. "She's a real difference-maker in terms of the impact she can have on a game."

Over the past five seasons, Oregon is 26-27-3 when Garbin takes the field and 5-28-5 when she has missed games due to injury or a red card.

Oregon freshman Sarah Yoro, a 2005 Mililani graduate who had one assist in 12 games, will transfer to Azusa Pacific.

BASEBALL

  • Washington State senior designated hitter Zach McAngus (Kamehameha '02) was named the Pacific-10 Conference Baseball Player of the Week.

    McAngus batted 7 for 12, with two doubles, a home run, two RBIs and six runs. He had a 1.000 slugging average and .688 on-base percentage.

  • Pacific (Ore.) senior second baseman Mark Saito (Honoka'a '02) went 2 for 4 with two stolen bases and three runs in a 13-8 win over Concordia on April 25. Sophomore center fielder Scott Yasumoto (Pearl City '03) also went 2 for 4.

    WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

  • California Lutheran freshman guard Cheryl Lee (Maryknoll '05) will be inducted into the California Lutheran University Scholar-Athlete Society on Saturday.

    WOMEN'S TENNIS

  • Cleveland State junior Sarah Galon (Leilehua '03 of Wai'anae) was named to the All-Horizon League first team for the second year in a row.

    Galon was awarded the Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award for her conduct both on and off the court. She had a 17-14 record at No. 1 singles, heading into the Horizon League Tournament. She and her partner went 20-8 record at No. 1 doubles.

  • Carnegie Mellon (Pittsburgh, Pa.) freshman Kelly Nakamura (Punahou of Wahiawa) was named to the All-University Athletic Association first team at No. 3 doubles.

    Nakamura and her partner had a 14-3 record and went undefeated at the UAA Championships, including a 9-8 (7-5) victory over Emory University.

  • Willamette (Ore.) sophomore Tiffany Kam (Punahou) was named first-team All-Northwest Conference. She played first singles and first doubles for the Bearcats in the conference tournament.

    Freshmen Tiffany Chang (Waiakea) and Joy Young (Punahou) also were on the Willamette roster.

    FOOTBALL

  • Idaho freshman safety Zachary-James Santos (Saint Louis '05 of Honolulu) made two interceptions in the Vandals' Silver and Gold game last month.

  • Western Oregon freshman wide receiver Shaun Kauleinamoku (Saint Louis of Honolulu) had six catches for 80 yards to the school's Red and White game last month.

  • Occidental (Los Angeles) senior defensive back Derek Turbin (Punahou '02) and senior wide receiver Ric Fukushima (Moanalua '02) were selected to the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

    WOMEN'S GOLF

  • Three women golfers from Hawai'i placed in the top 15 of the Pacific-10 Championships at the par-72, 6495-yard Oro Valley Country Club in Oro, Ariz.

    Stanford freshman Mari Chun (Kamehameha '05) was 11th (73-74-75222), Oregon State senior Leah Whiting (Waiakea of Hilo) was 12th (75-68-81224) and Arizona freshman Amanda Wilson (Waiakea '05) tied for 13th (74-77-74225). Wilson was also named Pac-10 honorable mention.

  • Willamette (Salem, Ore.) freshman Whitney Ueno (Hilo '05) won medalist honors at the Northwest Conference Tournament at the par-72, 6,064-yard Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore.

    Ueno shot 79-76155 and was also named to the all-conference team.

  • Long Island (Brooklyn, N.Y.) junior Erica Chong (Hilo '03) finished third at the Northeast Conference Championships to earn all-conference honors.

    Chong shot 78-79157 at Disney's par-72 Lake Buena Vista Golf Course in Orlando, Fla.

    MEN'S GOLF

  • Lewis & Clark College (Ore.) senior BJ Abe (Mid-Pacific '02) finished 10th at the Northwest Conference Championship at the par-72, 6,919-yard Aspen Lakes Golf Course in Sisters, Ore. Abe shot 77-79156.

    MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

  • Sacred Heart (Fairfield, Conn.) libero Brent Monden (Hawai'i Baptist of Kane'ohe) was named to the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association All-Academic Team.

    Monden, a graduate student, earned a 3.81 GPA in business management.

  • San Diego Mesa College freshman libero/defensive specialist Andrew Shiira (Hawaii Baptist '05) led the Orange Empire Conference with 2.77 digs per game (136 in 49 games).

    SOFTBALL

  • MIT sophomore second baseman Adrianne Ho'o Hee (Kamehameha '04) went 3 for 4, with a double and three RBIs in a 9-3 win over the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

    WOMEN'S WATER POLO

  • Claremont-Mudd-Scripps senior driver Annie Richardson (Punahou '02) scored in the championship game of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament to help the team earn a trip to the NCAA tournament.

    CMS defeated Pomona-Pitzer, 6-5, on April 30, and based on first-round and tournament results, CMS's win made it the 2006 SCIAC overall champion.

    Richardson scored four goals in first-round and semifinal wins over La Verne (9-2) and Occidental (7-5).

    Freshman driver Catherine Taschner (Iolani '05 of Honolulu) also plays for CMS.

    The eight-team NCAA Championships will be hosted by UC Davis, May 12 to 14.

    GYMNASTICS

  • Seattle Pacific sophomore Christie Chinaka (home schooled from Honolulu) was named to the Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team after earning a 3.71 GPA.

    TRACK AND FIELD

  • Redlands (Calif.) junior D.J. Tano (Iolani '03) won the shot put at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships.

    Tano's throw was 48 feet, 5 1/4 inches, which earned him all-conference honors. He was also seventh in the hammer throw (135-6).

    Redlands freshman Johanna Chapman (Punahou '05) was 10th in the shot put (27-10 1/4), 13th in the hammer throw (105-4) and 14th in the discus (81-8).

    Redlands freshman Justin Okamura (Roosevelt '05) is also on the roster.

    Occidental (Los Angeles) senior Derek Turbin (Punahou '02) was third in the triple jump (45-2 1/4) and 13th in the long jump (20-5 1/4).

    COMMITMENTS

  • After months of being hounded by Division I volleyball and basketball coaches from around the country, Farrington graduate Sunshine Misa-Uli has signed with Houston to play both sports.

    "I feel great, I don't have to worry about coaches blowing me up (calling me) anymore," the 2004 graduate said.

    Misa-Uli signed a basketball scholarship with an agreement that she would also be able to play volleyball.

    "I was high on Kentucky and Florida State, but they both wanted me for basketball only, and I wanted to do both," she said.

  • Taft (Calif.) middle blocker Paepaetele Poasa (Farrington) has signed to play volleyball for Alaska-Anchorage.

    Poasa was a first-team all-Central Valley Conference selection, averaging 3.17 kills, 2.86 digs and 1.00 blocks per game.

    Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com.