Sports Capsule for Wednesday — October 17, 2003

• UH Hilo golf ranked 7th in NCAA

• Kapa‘a hosts Kaua‘i at homecoming

• Pop Warner hosts cheer contest

• U.S. Anti-Doping Agency: steroid ‘conspiracy’


UH Hilo golf ranked 7th in NCAA

HILO — The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo golf team is ranked 7th in the Oct. 14 GolfStat NCAA Division II rankings.

The team had an adjusted scoring average of 72.91 and an average drop score of 79.33. Five players compete per event with the top four scores per round used in team scoring. The fifth score is the drop score.

In the Oct. 3 team rankings, UHH was one of three teams among the top 10 in three categories: Par 3 (8th, 3.22), Par 4 (9th, 4.18) and Par 5 (T9th, 4.80).

The Vulcans have played two tournaments this season finishing third at the 12-team Chico State Subway Invitation and in a tie for 8th at the Western Washington University Invitational.

The team next heads to the Nelson Invitational, hosted by Stanford University.


Kapa‘a hosts Kaua‘i at homecoming

Kapa‘a’s hosts the first of three homecoming games this Frday at Vidinha Stadium.

Kaua‘i could clinch the KIF title should they win against the Warriors. JV kick-off is 5 p.m., varsity at 7:35 p.m. The Kapa‘a Warriors halftime pageantry features the homecoming queen and court.


Pop Warner hosts cheer contest

The Kaua‘i Pop Warner Association hosts their annual Cheer/Spirit competition this Sunday, Oct. 19 at Waimea High School starting at 1 p.m.

Pop Warner cheer squads from North Shore (Anahola) to Kekaha will compete for an opportunity to advance to the National Championships in Orlando, Fla.

The defending champions are the Lihu‘e Patriots in the Junior PeeWee division, the Koloa Rams in the PeeWee division, and the Kekaha Chargers in the Midget division.

The public is invited to attend.


U.S. Anti-Doping Agency: steroid ‘conspiracy’

Several track athletes tested positive for a steroid that until recently was undetectable, and now face suspensions that could bar them from the 2004 Athens Olympics, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday.

USADA chief executive officer Terry Madden called it a widespread “conspiracy” involving chemists, coaches and athletes that was brought to the agency’s attention by an anonymous tip.

He said the inquiry began in June and has expanded to other U.S. professional sports. He refused to give details about athletes or say how many tested positive for the steroid, known as tetrahydrogestrinone, or THG.

The athletes whose “A” samples revealed THG have been notified and will have their “B” samples tested. If those are positive, a review process will begin. Track athletes found to have used steroids would face two-year bans.

THG has a chemical structure similar to banned anabolic steroids, Madden said. It is not specifically named as a banned substance, but would be considered a related substance outlawed under the sport’s doping rules.

After determining the syringe contained THG, the USADA retested 350 urine samples taken from athletes at the U.S. track and field championships in June at Stanford, as well as 100 samples from random out-of-competition tests.

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