Hawaii women surfers advance
Hawai'i surfers Coco Ho, Melanie Bartels and Carissa Moore advanced to the third round of the Roxy Pro women's surfing contest yesterday at Australia.
The opening round of the contest was run in 2- to 3-foot waves at Snapper Rocks, Queensland, Australia.
Ho and Bartels won their respective first-round heats. Bartels had one of the top heats of the day, receiving a two-wave score of 16.63 (out of 20).
Moore placed second in her first-round heat. The top two surfers from each heat advanced to the third round.
Moore, a senior at Punahou School, is making her debut as a member of the ASP Women's World Tour.
The men's Quiksilver Pro also completed part of its second round yesterday at Snapper Rocks.
Fred Patacchia Jr. of O'ahu's North Shore advanced to the third round by defeating California's Tanner Gudauskas, 16.1-15.56.
Patacchia was the only Hawai'i surfer to see action yesterday. Four others are still in the competition — Kekoa Bacalso, Andy Irons, Roy Powers and Dusty Payne.
Irons and Powers — who are both from Hanalei, Kaua'i — are scheduled to face each other in the second round.
UH WINS TWICE IN IRVINE INVITATIONAL
Sixth-ranked University of Hawai'i concluded the UC Irvine Invitational with victories over 10th-ranked San Jose State and eighth-ranked Arizona State yesterday in Irvine, Calif.
Leonie Van Der Molen scored three goals and Carmen Eggens two as the Rainbow Wahine beat the Spartans, 10-5.
Van Der Molen and Eggens each had three goals as UH capped its day with a 9-7 victory over the Sun Devils.
The Rainbow Wahine (8-6) will next host No. 3 UCLA in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday.
UH SEEKING COACH TO SUCCEED BREWER
University of Hawai'i women's soccer assistant coach Gina Brewer has resigned from the program, and the search for her successor has begun.
Rainbow Wahine coach Pinsoom Tenzing said he's "looking at over a hundred applicants" for the position, calling the process "very tiresome."
The position was posted Jan. 15 and closed Feb. 2.
Brewer said she "enjoyed her time coaching for the University of Hawai'i very much and appreciate the opportunity given to me and I'm looking to continue coaching in another avenue."
Brewer, an assistant in 2008 and 2009, worked mainly with the goalkeepers and local recruiting.
Still on staff with Tenzing are longtime assistant Kathy Carey and former player Taryn Fukuroku.
HILO, GRAND CANYON WILL TRY AGAIN TODAY
A Pacific West Conference doubleheader between host Hawai'i-Hilo and Grand Canyon was rained out yesterday.
The teams will play doubleheaders today and tomorrow at Wong Stadium, starting at 3 p.m. each day.