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    San Diego junior Alex Ching finished in a tie for fourth place at the Barona Collegiate Cup.


>> Washington defensive end Kalani Aldrich (Kamehameha-Hawaii ’07) and offensive lineman Mykenna Ikehara (Kamehameha ’08) have both been forced to retire due to knee injuries. Both players will remain in school on a medical scholarship, which won’t count against the 85-player limit. Aldrich appeared in all 13 games last year in a limited role, making four tackles and recovering a fumble. Ikehara started the final game of the 2009 season and played last year primarily on special teams.


>> Pacific (Ore.) sophomore Rob Dittrick (Mid-Pacific ’09) was named the Northwest Conference student athlete of the week yesterday. Dittrick pitched the Boxers to a 4-2 victory over Menlo (Calif.) on Saturday for his sixth win of the year. Dittrick didn’t allow a run on three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts in six innings. Dittrick is tied for first in the conference with six wins and leads the league with 54 innings pitched. He’s third with 40 strikeouts and ranks eighth with a 1.83 ERA. Pacific junior Mike Nagamine (Mid-Pacific ’08) went 4-for-5 with a home run and six RBIs in a 9-9 tie against Menlo that was called after 11 innings on Sunday. Pitcher Kaimi Haina (Waipahu ’09) allowed two hits in 1 1⁄3 shutout innings for the Oaks.

>> Cal State Northridge senior Ridge Carpenter (Kalani ’07) finished 7-for-12 with a stolen base in a series against Loyola Marymount over the weekend. Sophomore Zac Fujimoto (Maryknoll ’08) doubled and scored two runs in the series for the Lions, who won two out of three.

>> Nevada senior Waylen Sing-Chow (Kamehameha ’07) went 3-for-8 with two runs scored in the first two games of the series against Washington over the weekend.

>> Northwestern junior Paul Snieder (Punahou ’08) finished 3-for-8 with two doubles, two runs and two RBIs in a three-game series against Campbell College over the weekend.

>> San Diego junior Zack Kometani (Punahou ’08) finished 4-for-10 with two RBIs in a three-game series against Fresno State. Kometani was replaced in left field in the second game by Kalei Hanawahine (Kamehameha ’09), who wound up going 1-for-6 with a stolen base as the game lasted 22 innings, the third longest in NCAA Division I history.

>> Southern Utah junior Mitchell Kauweloa (Kamehameha ’08) went 6-for-13 with two runs, two RBIs and a stolen base as the Thunderbirds took two of three games against Northern Colorado over the weekend. Third baseman Justin Neuhart (Molokai ’07) had three hits in the series and Chris Chung (Saint Louis ’10) picked up the win in the middle game of the series, allowing five hits and two earned runs in eight innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.

>> Claremont-Mudd-Scripps freshman Brett Watanabe (‘Iolani ’10) finished 5-for-10 with a double and three RBIs in a three-game series against Whittier over the weekend.

>> Colorado School of Mines senior Nick Wong (Roosevelt ’07) went 4-for-7 and scored four times in a doubleheader against Nebraska-Kearney on Friday.



>> San Diego junior Alex Ching (Punahou ’08) shot a 3-over 75 in the final round of the Barona Collegiate Cup that ended on Friday. Ching sandwiched an 8-under 64 between rounds of 75 to finish in a tie for fourth place at 2 under.



>> Portland State sophomore Britney Yada (Waiakea ’09) shot a final-round 75 to finish in a tie for fourth place at the Anteater Invitational yesterday. Cal State Northridge senior Ashlee Nagamine (La Pietra ’07) finished in a tie for 39th place with a 24-over 240, 19 shots behind Yada.



>> New Mexico State first baseman Hoku Nohara (Kamehameha ’07) hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the eighth inning in the Aggies’ 7-6 win over San Jose State on Friday. Nohara had two more RBIs in the finale of the Western Athletic Conference series, an 18-9 NMSU win, when she was twice hit by pitches with the bases loaded. NMSU utility player Tehani Ka‘aihue (Kapolei ’09) went 4-for-6 with a double, a stolen base and three runs scored as the Aggies swept a doubleheader against SJSU on Saturday.

>> East Carolina sophomore Kai Clark (Kapolei ’09) drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Pirates a 1-0 victory over Tulsa in the opener of a three-game series on Saturday. Freshman Kristi Oshiro (Mililani ’10) had three hits in the game and Clark went 2-for-2 with a homer and three RBIs in the finale as East Carolina took two of three.

>> Angelo State junior Elsamartina Apo (Waipahu ’08) went 3-for-10 with a double, two runs and three RBIs and DeeshanaLynn Tafiti (Waimea ’08) went 3-for-10 with a run scored in a three-game series against Tarleton State over the weekend.

>> Southern Oregon sophomore Rayna Strom-Okimoto (Aiea ’09) finished 7-for-13 with a double, home run, two runs scored and six RBIs in four games over the weekend.

>> Redlands (Calif.) junior catcher Kai Masutani (‘Iolani ’08) finished with three hits and three RBIs in a series against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps over the weekend.



>> Claremont-Mudd-Scripps sophomore Kristin Lim (Punahou ’09) won matches in both No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles to lead the Athenas to a 9-0 shutout of Whitman College on Saturday.

>> Pacific (Ore.) juniors Cat Goya (St. Andrew’s Priory ’08) and Megan Yoshimoto (Mililani ’08) won their matches to help the Boxers avoid a sweep in a 7-2 loss to Whitworth (Wash.) on Saturday. Goya won her match 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-6) in No. 1 singles, and Yoshimoto was victorious by a 4-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-6) score at No. 2 singles.



>> Tulane freshman Daniel Omuro (Mililani ’10) placed fourth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.58 seconds at the Louisiana Classic on March 19.



>> Nevada sophomore Nicole Painter (Mililani ’09) placed 19th in the 5000-meter run with a time of 19:31.36 at the WAC indoor track championships.



>> Brigham Young middle blocker Futi Tavana (Kauai ’05) put down 23 kills in 33 swings and combined for nine block assists in a weekend sweep over Hawaii.

>> Long Beach State freshman Taylor Crabb (Punahou ’10) posted a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, hitting .500 with two aces in a five-set upset of Stanford on Saturday. Spencer McLachlin (Punahou ’07) and Brad Lawson (‘Iolani ’08) had 21 kills apiece and Erik Shoji (Punahou ’08) had a team-high 16 digs and two assists for the Cardinal.

>> Southern California senior Tri Bourne (Academy of the Pacific ’07) hit .483 with a team-high 16 kills and nine digs and Riley McKibbin (Punahou ’07) had 45 assists and 10 digs in a three-set sweep of Pepperdine on Friday. Henry Cassiday (Punahou ’10) added seven digs for the No. 1-ranked Trojans.

>> Cal State Northridge senior Kaleo Baxter (Kauai ’05) had eight digs and two assists and junior setter Danny Rodrick (Kapaa ’07) had 38 assists, seven digs, two kills, two block assists and an ace in a four-set loss to Pacific (Calif.) on Saturday.

>> Graceland (Iowa) sophomore Anthony Robinson (Waianae ’09) hit .244 with a match-high 18 kills, seven digs and four blocks in a five-set loss to Clarke University on Saturday.

>> Stevenson (Md.) freshman outside hitter Kalani Soeda (Le Jardin ’10) had eight kills, five digs, three blocks and an ace in a four-set victory over Kean on Saturday. The Mustangs finished the regular season with a school-record 24 wins and qualified for the North East Collegiate Volleyball Association championships for the second time in school history.

>> Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior Caine Jette (Maui ’06) had seven digs, four assists and a kill to help the No. 10-ranked Engineers beat Wentworth Institute of Technology in three sets last Friday to finish the regular season 15-1 in league play.



>> Cal State Bakersfield freshman Page Tsuruda (Word of Life ’10) scored six goals in five games in the Roadrunner Invitational over the weekend. Tsuruda scored three of those goals in a 15-7 win over Cal State San Bernardino on Sunday.

>> Redlands (Calif.) sophomore Moanalani Tuipulotu (Lahainaluna ’09) scored two goals in a loss to Brown and scored a goal in all four quarters of a loss to Hartwick College on Sunday in the Roadrunner Invitational.

>> Villanova sophomore Hannah Ishida (Punahou ’09) scored a goal against both Mercyhurst and George Washington on Saturday in a tournament hosted by the Colonials.

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