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Hawaii pair helps U.S. finish fifth

Hawaii’s Shelby Baron and partner Ryan Nelson lost the opening set in a tiebreaker, then rallied to win their doubles match yesterday and clinch fifth place for the United States juniors at the 2011 ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Team Cup in Pretoria, South Africa. The U.S. was sixth last year.

Baron, No. 4 in the world rankings for girls, made a splash in her Cup debut. The tournament has 200-plus athletes from 30 countries and is considered the game’s Davis Cup.

The Punahou sophomore lifted the U.S. to a round-robin win over South Africa in her opening match, losing just six games combined in singles and doubles. She fell in straight sets in the U.S. loss against defending champion Spain, then got the lone American win in a loss against Netherlands.

Baron dropped her singles match but teamed with Nelson for a 6-7 (1-7), 6-1, 6-0 doubles win in the decisive match.

UH to host summer softball camps

Applications are being accepted for the Rainbow Wahine Softball Camps, which begin in June and will be hosted by University of Hawaii coaches and players.

The camps will cover offensive and defensive fundamentals, with the first session set for June 15-17 and open to players in grades 9-12. Sessions for grades 6-8 and kindergarten to fifth grade also will be held in June. Hitting-only sessions will be held Aug. 6 and 13 for all grades.

A full schedule is available at hawaiiathletics.com. For more information, contact Dee Wisneski at 956-4536 or uhsb@hawaii.edu.

MMA fighters plan benefit for Japan

MMA fighters Egan and Enson Inoue are hosting an all-day fundraiser Sunday to benefit their "Ganbatte Japan" fund for earthquake and tsunami relief.

The event, which runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., is at the Pacific Beach Hotel’s Grand Ballroom. The day will include classes such as Zumba, CardioMix, Turbo Kickboxing, as well as martial arts demonstrations, a gourmet bake sale, silent auction and keiki fun zone.

MMA champion BJ Penn and surfing legend Sunny Garcia are among those scheduled for autograph sessions.

Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children between 4 and 15, and are available in advance at showclix.com/event/33582.

» ganbattejapan.net

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