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Saddleton wins WAC honor

University of Hawaii junior Sarah Saddleton was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference women’s indoor track and field athlete of the week on Wednesday.

Saddleton, a junior from Auckland, New Zealand, leapt to a height of 1.73 meters — tops in the WAC this season — to capture first in the high jump at the University of Washington Indoor Preview last Saturday.

Saddleton, and the Rainbow Wahine will host the Sunset Meet No. 1 at Clarence T.C. Ching Field tomorrow.

Showers no longer a threat with an armband to protect your MP3

Running is NOT a water sport. But with the propensity for Hawaii’s passing showers to pass over your running route, sometimes wet happens.

Solution to protect your workout tunes? Amphibx Fit, the latest addition to the Amphibx Armband line for iPhone, iPod Touch, large MP3 players and music-enabled phones.

Launched last week by H2O Audio, it’s a breathable Velcro armband with an easy-to-load, lightweight soft case that offers waterproof, sweatproof and weatherproof protection. It also has a "StableFit" buoy that ensures the armband will float with your device inside, making it an ideal companion when swimming.

Remove the armband and the soft case provides moisture protection when dropped into a backpack, fannypack, purse or pocket. No more worries about leaky water bottles or sand.

Starting at $59.99 at, and other retailers locally such as Best Buy, Sports Authority and the Apple Store. If buying from, the shipping to Hawaii is $6.49.

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Taufa invited to USA Rugby tryout

Lahainaluna High graduate Pila Taufa has been invited to USA Rugby’s national assembly, which will be used to select teams for next month’s World Series of Rugby 7’s stops in New Zealand and Las Vegas.

Taufa is one of 25 players selected to compete for 12 spots.

Taufa and Maui High graduate Andrew Malafu also are in the candidate pool for the World Cup, which will be held in New Zealand in September and October.

This weekend

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Island BMX: 6 p.m., Sandbox track, Sand Island.


808dartsrus: January tournament. Signups close: 8 p.m. Lisa’s House, 3250 Ualena St., Honolulu.


Honolulu Lawn Bowls Club: 10 a.m., Ala Moana Park.


Gunstock Barrel Series: 10 a.m., Gunstock Ranch.



Hawaii TV: Open singles, 9 a.m., Hickam Bowling Center.


Honolulu Cricket Club: Vs. Vancouver Island (Canada) Vagabonds, 10 a.m., Kapiolani Park.


Pacific Dart Tour: Finals, Leeward Bowl.


Kanaka Ikaika: 10 a.m., Hawaii Kai to Kaimana Beach.


Harold Chapson 8K: 7 a.m., Kapiolani Park.


Duke Kahanamoku Challenge: Canoe races, 10 a.m., Makahiki games, 2 p.m., SUP relay, 1 p.m., Duke Kahanamoku Beach & Hilton Hawaiiian Village lagoon.

Sign me up

Camps and clinics:


Kailua Girls: Seeking players for 10-under and 14-under teams. Games in town and Hawaii Kai. Season runs March to June. $75 per player. Information:


Sharon’s Ride, Run & Walk: 7 a.m., Jan. 30, Kapiolani Community College. Benefit for Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii. Fees: $30-35. Information: 528-3058, 225-2965 and


Hiki No Fastpitch Softball Club: Looking for players in Central Oahu born in 2001. Information: or Tim Dumlao, 221-5226.


Full Speed Clinic: With David Maeva at Kalaheo High School gym and Hokulani Elementary School. Sunday and Jan. 30. For boys and girls ages 5-13. Info: 262-4538. Online registration:

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