Lorenzo returning to NCAAs with Gonzaga
Gonzaga's Tatriana Lorenzo will be making her second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Lorenzo, a 5-foot-5 redshirt junior guard from Wahiawā, and her Gonzaga women's basketball team (27-4) is seeded seventh in the NCAA Tournament's Sacramento Region and open the first round against No. 10 North Carolina (19-11) on Saturday at Bank of America Arena in Seattle.
The Bulldogs, who won their second straight West Coast Conference tournament title to earn an NCAA automatic bid, have won 18 straight and are making their third NCAA tournament appearance in school history. If they extend their winning streak to 19, the Bulldogs will face the winner of No. 2 Texas A&M-No. 15 Portland State in Monday's second round.
Gonzaga defeated Portland State, 64-57, on Dec. 13 and its last loss was to Texas A&M, 80-76, on Dec. 20.
Lorenzo, a 2006 Kamehameha Schools graduate, has appeared in 29 of 31 games this season, averaging six minutes per game. She has 25 assists, 17 rebounds and 10 points this season. She played in both games at last week's West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas, totaling one point in 17 minutes.
Lorenzo played in 32 of 34 games last year when Gonzaga won its NCAA first-round game against Xavier before losing to Pittsburgh in the second round.
As a freshman in 2006, she played in six games, starting three, before a season-ending knee injury.
• Yavapai (Ariz.) sophomore forward Kira DeMorales (Waiākea '08 of Hilo) was named an honorable mention All-American by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association. DeMorales led the Roughriders in rebounding (7.8 per game), steals (105) and blocked shots (57). Earlier in the month, she earned National Junior College Athletic Association Region I Division I first-team honors
• Kansas junior left-handed pitcher Wally Marciel ('Iolani '06 of Kailua) pitched a scoreless sixth inning in a 15-0 win over Tabor College last Wednesday. Through seven appearances this season, Marciel has posted a 3.12 earned run average in 8 2/3 innings.
• Northwestern sophomore designated hitter Paul Snieder (Punahou '08 of Honolulu) batted 2 for 5 with a double and three RBIs in a 12-8 loss to UNLV Saturday.
• Cal State Northridge junior left fielder Ridge Carpenter (Kalani '07 of Honolulu) went 2 for 5 with an RBI, stolen base and two runs scored in a 13-5 win over Loyola Marymount Saturday. LMU sophomore Case Miyahira ('Iolani '07 of Honolulu) drove in two runs on a pinch-hit double and came around to score.
• San Diego freshman outfielder Kalei Hanawahine (Kamehameha '09 of Honolulu) batted 2 for 4 with an RBI and run scored in a 15-7 win over San Francisco Thursday.
• Southern Utah sophomore right-handed pitcher Kelsey Outram ('Iolani '08 of Mililani) pitched 2[0xb0] scoreless innings with two strikeouts and one walk in a 10-4 win over Kennesaw State Saturday. Senior designated hitter Bucky Aona (Punahou '06 of Makakilo) went 1 for 4 and scored a run for the Thunderbirds.
• Puget Sound senior pitcher/shortstop Jarvis Nohara (Iolani '06 of Honolulu) went 4 for 8 in two games against Whitworth last weekend. He pitched six innings, allowing one earned one, in a 13-3 win Sunday.
• Pacific senior shortstop Brandon Kon (Castle '06 of Kāne'ohe) went 2 for 5 with an RBI and run scored, and senior first baseman Kaeo Lau Hee (Kamehameha '06 of Pukalani) batted 1 for 4 and scored a run in a 7-4 win over George Fox Sunday.
• Simone Riford (Punahou '06 of Kāne'ohe) helped Texas Christian win last week's NCAA Championships. Riford earned All-America honors in air riflery.
• Mississippi State sophomore left fielder Kaili Smith (Kapolei '08) batted 2 for 4 with a homer and a double with five RBIs in a 7-6 win over Georgetown Saturday. She hit a two-run homer in a 9-0 win over East Tennessee State later that day.
• East Carolina senior left fielder Marina Gusman-Brown (Pearl City '06 of 'Ewa Beach) was 1 for 3 with an RBI and scored a run, and senior right fielder Charina Sumner (Kamehameha '06 of Kailua) batted 1 for 3 with an RBI in a 2-0 win over Cal State Fullerton Saturday.
• New Mexico State junior first baseman Hoku Nohara (Kamehameha '07 of Waimānalo) batted 4 for 6 with a triple, two doubles and six RBIs in wins over Florida Gulf Coast and Long Island Saturday.
TRACK & FIELD
• Alex Fowler (Roosevelt '09 of Honolulu) of San Francisco finished fourth in the men's triple jump (14.05 meters) and 15th in the long jump (6.20) at Saturday's Aggie Open hosted by UC Davis.
• Agnes Faaleaoga (Kailua '08 of Waimānalo) of Point Loma Nazarene (Calif.) placed second in the women's discus (111 feet, 9 inches), and fourth in the shot put (33-1) and hammer throw (110-3) at Saturday's Point Loma Invitational. Teammate Bailey Massenburg (King Kekaulike '09 of Kula) was fifth in the women's 800-meter run (2:22.07) and was a member of the fourth-place 4x400 relay team. Mark Miller (St. Anthony '07 of Kahului) of Point Loma was eighth in the men's discus (130-5), 10th in the hammer throw (96-6) and 10th in the javelin (154-2).
• Chelsea Machida (Maui '07 of Kahului) of Linfield (Ore.) was second in the high jump (5-1) at Saturday's Pacific (Ore.) Preview. Pacific's Jenna Matsumoto (University High '08 of Kailua) was third in the women's 100 hurdles (16.00) and second in the 400 hurdles (1:06.00). Teammate Nicole Smith (Kamehameha-Maui '07 of Wailuku) placed eighth in the long jump (14-8) and seventh in the 100 dash (13.43) and 14th in the 200 (28.54). Pacific's Nicole Brown (St. Anthony '08 of Wailuku) was eighth in the long jump (12-4 1/2) and triple jump (28-10 1/2) and Julia Naumes (Kohala '09 of Kamuela) was sixth in the shot put (29-3 3/4) and fifth in the discus (88-9). In the men's events, Pacific's Ryan Terao (Punahou '08 of Kāne'ohe) was eighth in the 400 hurdles (1:05.59) and Murphy Busek (Waiākea '07 of Mountain View) was fourth in the shot put (42-1 1/2) and hammer throw (122-8) and sixth in the discus (125-2).
• New Jersey Institute of Technology freshman setter Matthew Lui (Hawai'i Baptist '09 of 'Aiea) had 45 assists, 12 digs and four kills in a five-set win over D'Youville College (N.Y.) Saturday. Freshman libero Brady Smith (Waiākea '09 of Kurtistown) had 16 digs for the Highlanders.
• Hope International sophomore outside hitter Kaimi Guerrero (Kalāheo '01 of Kailua) had team-highs of 20 kills and 26 digs in a five-set win over Philadelphia Biblical Thursday. Senior libero Noah Casaquit (Moanalua '00 of Honolulu) had 26 digs and sophomore defensive specialist Henry Valiente (Farrington '02 of Honolulu) had 11 digs.
• Mikey Lim (Punahou '06 of Honolulu), a senior who plays for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, helped the Stags to a 9-0 shutout of Trinity (Texas) Thursday. Lim won, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 2 singles and teamed with Ronald Wu to win 8-4 at No. 1 doubles.
• Pacific (Calif.) junior utility Dara Tawarahara ('Iolani '07 of Honolulu) scored twice in a 10-8 win over Concordia (Calif.) Saturday. She had three goals and assisted on another in a 15-2 win over Fresno Pacific later that day.