• Keomaka WAC Player of Week
Keomaka WAC Player of Week
University of Hawai’i senior runningback Nate Ilaoa and freshman placekicker Dan Kelly were both nominated for the XBox Live WAC Football Players of the week award.
However, it was Hawai’i defensive back Ryan Keomaka who made the list along with Louisiana Tech quarterback Matt Kubrick, and Louisiana Tech kick returner Eric Newman.
Keomaka, a sophomore from Honolulu, made nine solo tackles, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass, and broke up another pass in Hawai’i’s 49-38 win over San Diego State Saturday.
Keomaka, a graduate of Roosevelt High School, recovered the fumble at Hawai’i’s seven-yard line, and intercepted the pass at the one-yard line to thwart two Aztec scoring drives.
Kubrik was 13-of-22 for 251 yards and three TDs with no interceptions in Louisiana Tech’s 40-28 win at No. 23 Fresno State Friday.
Two of Kubrik’s scoring passes came in the final minute of the second quarter, hitting Eric Newman for a 17-yard TD with 41 seconds in the half. Following an interception, Kubrik hit Johnathan Holland for a 52-yard score to build a 26-3 halftime lead.
Newman returned three kick-offs for 54 yards in the win. He returned an onside kick attempt 29 yards to help set up Tech’s final touchdown, and recovered Fresno State’s second onside kick attempt to help run out the clock.
Oliver gives Kapa’a JV girls edge
Ha’aheo Oliver broke a defensive slugfest to push the Kapa’a JV girls to a 1-0 win over Waimea in the KIF Girls JV soccer contest played Saturday at Hanapepe Stadium.
Oliver scored on a corner kick to give the JV Warriors their win in the season opener.
This Saturday, Dec. 10, the Warriors will battle Kaua’i High School at Hanapepe Stadium.
Due to construction work on the rubberized track at Vidinha Stadium, all the KIF soccer games will be played in Hanapepe.
Koloa golfer scores first ace in 65 years
It took 65 years, but Phil Bickel scored his first ace recently.
Rod Fuller and Joe Lawson were part of the threesome who witnessed the event performed by the 79-year-old resident of Koloa at the 12th hole of the Kiahuna Golf Course.
Following the hole-in-one on Nov. 10, Lawson joked, “The club just erected a monument along Po’ipu Road where the 12th hole is visible. Wonder if it was for you, Phil?”
Bickel has been a Hawai’i resident for over 50 years, the last nine here on Kaua’i where he is active in church, and the Rotary Club of Hawai’i for 40 years. He also has served as a tutor at Koloa School and a volunteer at the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.