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• Kaua‘i canoe club takes Moloka‘i Hoe, again
• Alicia Arnott earns weekly WAC honors
• USC, Miami — not Oklahoma — take top spots in first BCS standings
Kaua‘i canoe club takes Moloka‘i Hoe, again
After months of patience and training, the senior masters team from Namolokama O Hanalei Canoe Club won their division for the third year in a row in the biggest race in canoe paddling — the Hawai‘i Moloka‘i Hoe.
Namolokama completed the 41-mile course from Hale O Lono Harbor, Moloka‘i, to Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki with a time of 5:57:41. 90 crews participated in the Moloka‘i Hoe, which is considered the world championship of long-distance team canoe paddling.
Members of the winning crew were Steve Baker, Mick Callahan, Mark Daniells, Beanie Heen, Kawika Goodale, Lance Laney, Gene Lopez, Earl Simpson and Dan Sullivan. Eight of the nine paddlers are from Kaua‘i, and Heen is from the Big Island.
Five-foot swells across the Kaiwi Channel, with conditions generally choppy, made it difficult to maintain long rides. Because of the tricky conditions, the Kaua‘i crew felt this was one of their more difficult races. “Not bad for a bunch of old guys from a little place like Kaua‘i” was the general feeling of the whole team.
Alicia Arnott earns weekly WAC honors
HONOLULU — Hawai‘i’s Alicia Arnott was named the Western Athletic Conference player of the week in women’s volleyball while the team maintained its No. 3 ranking in the latest USA Today/CSTV Top 25 Coaches’ Poll released Monday.
Hawai‘i improved to 16-0 on the season and 6-0 in WAC play with a pair of victories over the weekend. Arnott had a career-high 30 kills to go along with 19 digs in a victory over Boise State on Friday. It was the first 30-kill performance by a Hawai‘i player this season.
She added 13 kills and seven digs in a victory over Louisiana Tech on Sunday.
The victories earned Hawai‘i two first-place votes in this week’s coaches’ poll. Washington, which received the other 63 first-place votes, held on to No. 1. Minnesota was second followed by Hawai‘i, Nebraska, Penn State and Southern California. Ohio State, Florida and Colorado rounded out the top 10.
USC, Miami — not Oklahoma — take top spots in first BCS standings
Southern California took the top spot in the reworked BCS standings’ debut Monday, look who’s second: Miami. The Hurricanes edged Oklahoma, a strong No. 2 behind USC in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the coaches poll.
Put in place after last season’s split national championship, this year’s stripped-down BCS formula relies more on the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. The idea was to ensure that when there is a clear consensus top two in the polls — as USC and Oklahoma have been all season — the BCS standings would reflect it.
The AP and coaches polls each count for one-third of a team’s total score under the new formula. The other third comes from six computer rankings, and that’s where Miami made up the difference over the Sooners. The Hurricanes are ranked fourth in the AP media poll and third in the coaches poll, but have the second-most points in the computer rankings. Oklahoma, the chief beneficiary of the old system last season, came out fifth in the computer rankings.
Last season, USC finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in both polls but third in the BCS standings — knocking it out of the BCS title game.
Oklahoma finished first in the BCS standings despite losing the Big 12 championship game and dropping to third in the major polls.
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