>> Hau'oli Kikaha, Kahuku '10: The Washington senior linebacker had six tackles, including four for loss, with three sacks and a fumble recovery in a 44-19 win over Illinois on Saturday. Kikaha is tied for third in the country among FBS players with five sacks this season.
Kaiwi Crabb is no stranger to going head-to-head against fellow football players from Hawaii. On a daily basis, the starting left guard at Colorado finds himself up against senior Juda Parker, a Saint Louis alumnus who recently moved inside to defensive tackle.
Bloomfield (N.J.) College's all-time hits leader rewrote the history book yet again last week. Senior Angie Yoshizu, a 2010 University High alumna, became the first Deacons softball player to earn the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference player of the year award, which was handed out last week.
>> Sheldon Lee, 'Iolani '10: The San Francisco junior left-hander tossed a four-hit shutout in a 7-0 win over Portland on Sunday with three walks and two strikeouts for the first complete game of his career.
Mililani alum Courtney Senas is second on Florida State's career home run list and in the top 10 all-time in hits, doubles, RBIs and stolen bases. She leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in triples and runs scored and is the starting center fielder on a team that is 44-6 and ranked sixth in the country.
Academics were Angie Yoshizu's primary concern when trying to find a college that best suited her needs. Softball was always something she loved, but her desire to study nursing and biology and the ability to be near her sister on the East Coast is what drove her to Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Kalei Contrades, Saint Louis '11: The San Jose State junior hit an RBI double and earned his second save, allowing three hits in two shutout innings in a 2-1 victory over Nevada on Saturday in the opener of a three-game series.
Gonzaga junior Alice Kim, a 2011 graduate of University High, won her second straight golf tournament on Tuesday, claiming medalist honors at The Gold Rush Presented by Farmers Insurance in Yorba Linda, Calif.
It's a sport that gets little attention and requires a serious commitment. That suits UC Davis junior Tiana Montell just fine. Gymnastics started as a fun hobby for Montell when she was 5. Now, it helps pay her college tuition at UC Davis, which she will represent with her teammates at an NCAA regional on Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.
In the driveway of her family home in Hawaii Kai is a basketball rim that has sat idle in 2014. Before Kylie Maeda went to college at Brigham Young, the rim wouldn't go a week without a steady diet of shots put up on it by the 2012 Iolani alumna.
The Western Water Polo Association named UC San Diego goalkeeper Courtney Miller as its player of the week last Thursday. Miller, a 2012 Punahou alumna, led the Tritons to an upset of Hawaii at the UCI Invitational, finishing with 63 saves in four matches.
Kolten Yamaguchi, Konawaena '11: The Pepperdine catcher started both losses against Hawaii last week, going 2-for-7 at the plate. • Ivan Dilda, Mid-Pacific '12: The Pepperdine reliever struck out two in 11/3 shutout innings of a 6-1 loss to Hawaii on Friday.
>> Kalei Contrades, Saint Louis '11: The San Jose State junior inherited a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the fourth inning of the season opener against San Diego State on Friday and didn't allow a run in six shutout innings of two-hit ball in a 6-4 victory. He walked one and struck out six to get the win in the Spartans' only victory in the series.
Oregon State senior David Fink enjoyed a nice home-course advantage at the Amer Ari Invitational that ended Saturday at Waikoloa on the Big Island. The 2009 'Iolani alumnus earned his second top-five finish there in as many years, shooting a career-low 6-under 66 to finish in fourth place at the three-day, 54-hole tournament.
Penn State junior Randi Lau, a 2011 graduate of Thompson Academy, was named the Big Ten gymnast of the week Monday. Lau opened her 2014 season on Sunday, winning the vault with a score of 9.825 to help the Nittany Lions defeat Iowa State.
Coen and Taliulu both earned starting jobs this year but missed the final two games of the season after suffering injuries against Arizona State. ... Taliulu, a safety, finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles and also had a fumble recovery and forced fumble. ...
Unlike many other NCAA Division I volleyball teams, UC Santa Barbara was quite relaxed while watching the NCAA selection show Sunday. By virtue of winning the tiebreaker among the tri-champions in the Big West Conference, the Gauchos had already secured the league's automatic berth to the NCAA tournament that starts this week.
Andrew Skalman sat in a classroom, foot up resting on the chair in front.
Surrounded by his Washington (Mo.) teammates, his focus was steadfast on the screen at the front of the room as various Division III teams were read off.
Wave Ryder, Kamehameha ’10: The Navy safety had 12 tackles in a 42-28 win over Hawaii on Saturday. • Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis ’11: The Oregon quarterback was 20-for-34 for 250 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 26-20 loss to Stanford last Thursday and more
Growing up on the Big Island, David Kekuewa was known by two names. David, his English name, and Kelii, his more commonly used Hawaiian name, were the two ways to identify the Kamehameha-Hawaii alumnus.
Imagine growing up wanting to change your last name.
What has to happen to make someone so badly want to change the name that appeared on the back of his football jersey in a strong freshman season at the University of Washington?
Tani Costa has spent a few too many days in the doctor's office for her liking.
One of the few, maybe only, good things to come from her injury woes at Penn State is playing a fifth year for the Nittany Lions.
The 2010 Hawaii Baptist alumna had to make a quick turnaround after the Toreros stunned the Rainbow Wahine in five sets to end the season-opening Chevron Invitational on a Sunday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Ben McQuown had to travel a long way to honor his only Division I offer. After two years at Lower Columbia Community College in Washington, the 2008 Waianae alumnus crossed the country to North Carolina to play baseball at Campbell University.
It's a good thing Kristin Lim says she doesn't need a lot of sleep.
In the midst of competing for a second NCAA Division III tennis singles championship, the Claremont McKenna senior goes to school and her job, and she recently completed an internship.
Dae Yang Kim, Moanalua '09: The Washington junior retired all three batters he faced in the eighth inning and was credited with his first win in two years with the Huskies, who beat Gonzaga 11-8 on Wednesday.
You'll have to excuse Joslyn Eugenio for not wanting to attend her graduation in May.
A senior at Saint Martin's (Wash.) University, Eugenio has a real shot at leading the Saints softball team to an NCAA Division II regional this year.
Harley Holt, Kamehameha ’10: The Cal State Northridge right-hander recorded the final two outs for his first save in a 3-1 win over Utah Valley on Sunday. Holt pitched out of the bullpen twice in the series, allowing no runs on two hits in 22⁄3 innings with one walk and three strikeouts.
Kansas outfielder Michael Suiter (Punahou ’11) hit .385 (5-for-13) with four runs, two RBIs and two walks, and Justin Protacio (Mid-Pacific ’11) had two hits, drew four walks and drove in three runs as the Jayhawks split a four-game series with Nevada over the weekend.
Violet Alama is healthy again.
That isn't good news for the rest of the Big West.
The Cal State Northridge senior won her first conference player of the week award on Monday after averaging 13.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in two games over the weekend.
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps junior Brett Watanabe (‘Iolani ’10) singled, walked, scored twice and drove in a run in a 12-0 win over Whitman (Wash.) and pitched 11⁄3 shutout innings with two strikeouts in an 8-3 loss to the Missionaries in a doubleheader split last week.
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