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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 18, 2010

UH-Hilo's Waracka gets national honor

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Amber Waracka

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Hawai'i-Hilo sophomore Amber Waracka has been named Louisville Slugger/National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Pitcher of the Week for games played March 8 through 14.

Waracka won all five games she appeared in last week, allowing no runs, 11 hits and eight walks in 28 2/3 innings to help the Vulcans go 8-0. She limited her five opponents to a .118 batting average while striking out 31.

The 2008 Kamehameha Schools alum pitched a no-hitter and a one-hitter against Dominican, and a two-hitter against Notre Dame De Namur.

Yesterday, the right-hander from Kahalu'u, pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk as Hilo beat visiting Academy of Art, 3-0, in the first game of a Pacific West Conference doubleheader.

Kanani Numata and Dana Lee each had a hit and RBI for the Vulcans (19-6, 15-5). Nicole Smith and Alana Aweau each had two hits for the Urban Knights (12-12, 3-5).

In the second game, Sierrah Garcia pitched a four-hitter with six strikeouts and no walks, and Smith singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh as Academy of Art — the home team for the doubleheader — prevailed, 2-1.



Moanalua High School graduate Tadd Fujikawa fired a 4-under-par 68, the low score at River Run Country Club, and has a share of 11th after yesterday's first round of the EGolf Tour's Cabarrus Classic.

River Run is in Davidson, N.C., while Cabarrus Country Club — where Fujikawa plays today — is in Concord.

The 19-year-old had five birdies — three on the par-5s —and a bogey. He is three shots off the lead of Chris Epperson, who is from South Carolina. Nearly a third of the field of 202 is under par.

Fujikawa finished in the top 40 in his first two EGolf starts last month.



Hawai'i's Kanani Danielson and Sydney Yogi were officially named to the U.S. Women's National A2 Program yesterday by USA Volleyball. There were 24 players selected from a tryout of 175 last month.

Danielson, a University of Hawai'i sophomore, is one of 10 hitters selected. The Kamehameha graduate earned first-team All-America honors last fall, averaging more than four kills and hitting .318 to help UH reach the final four.

Yogi, a member of the 2006 and 2007 U.S. Girls' Youth National Team and a sophomore at Texas, is among four liberos/defensive specialists. She is a Punahou graduate.

The A2 program is scheduled to train May 24 to 28 in Tempe, Ariz., before being split into two 12-player rosters to compete in the Open Division of the 2010 USA Open National Championships held in nearby Phoenix. The Open Division flight takes place May 29 to June 1 at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The 24 players come from 18 collegiate programs. Two are from Arizona, which plays Hawai'i tonight in an exhibition at Stan Sheriff Center. Wildcat setter Paige Weber and hitter Whitney Dosty are on the team, with Weber chosen for the second time.



Kami Craig and Alexandra Kiss each scored two goals as No. 1 Southern California defeated No. 5 Hawai'i, 9-7, yesterday in an exhibition match at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatics Complex.

Monika Eggens scored two goals for the Rainbow Wahine, who trailed 7-2 at the half before mounting a second-half comeback in which they outscored the Trojans 3-0 in the fourth period.