Ricketts honored in WAC softball
Hawai'i's Stephanie Ricketts, who pitched a perfect game Saturday, was named Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for the third time this season.
Ricketts, a sophomore right-hander from San Jose, Calif., pitched her first career perfect game, a five-inning gem in a 20-0 victory over Nevada. She got six fly outs, seven ground outs and two strikeouts. Ricketts (20-6, 11-0) threw just 53 pitches in the game. It was her fourth shutout of the year and her third career no-hitter.
Hawai'i (39-11) swept a three-game series from Nevada to move to a perfect 17-0 in the WAC.
The Rainbow Wahine play Fresno State (33-14, 12-3 WAC) in their final homestand of the year Friday and Saturday.
Utah State's Tina Ferguson was named WAC Hitter of the Week.
WAC LAUDS SLAATS
University of Hawai'i right-hander Josh Slaats was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week for April 19-25.
Slaats, a junior from San Ramon, Calif., pitched a shutout at Louisiana Tech last week.
Slaats struck out four while allowing just five hits and two walks in the seven-inning 10-0 victory that was called due to the WAC's run rule.
The win was Slaats' second shutout of the season. He is 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA, with 56 strikeouts in 52.2 innings.
UH split its four-game road series with Louisiana Tech.
The Rainbows will host Nevada on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
PREP PLAYERS PRAISED
The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hawai'i chapter honored 12 high schoolfootball players Sunday at its 12th annual Scholar-Athletes Awards Banquet at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel.
This year's recipients are: Kamehameha Schools defensive lineman Landon Aano, Island Pacific Academy (Pac-Five) receiver London Amorin, Saint Louis School offensive lineman Nicholas Andres, 'Iolani School quarterback Jarrett Arakawa, Kamehameha defensive back Chaz Bajet, Waialua two-way lineman Micah Hatchie, Hanalani School (Pac-Five) receiver Darin Kamealoha, Kamehameha-Hawai'i lineman David Kekuewa, Moanalua offensive lineman Frank Loyd, Leilehua quarterback Andrew Manley, 'Iolani defensive back/kicker Andrew Skalman and Kamehameha-Maui receiver Louis Kekoa Turbeville.
The selection committee picked the players based on football achievements, academics and community service.
The foundation also honored Punahou's Kale Ane and retired Kamehameha coach Calvin Chai with Hawaii Coaches Awards.
Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance's Doris Sullivan received the Earl Galdeira Community Service Award.
WARRIORS LIVE ON K5
The Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championship men's volleyball semifinals between Hawai'i and host Stanford will be televised live on KFVE (channel 5), Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Hawai'i time.