UH begins NCAA play Friday

The University of Hawai‘i Rainbow baseball team qualified for their first NCAA regional since 1993, receiving an at-large bid as the No. 3 seed in the Corvallis, Ore., regional. The ‘Bows will face the second-seeded Kansas Jayhawks, winners of the Big 12 Tournament last week, on Friday at noon.

Along with the Rainbows and Jayhawks in the regional are host Oregon State, the Pac-10 champions, and Wright State, champions of the Horizon. The format for the regional is double-elimination, with the winner of the regional advancing to face the winner of the Austin, Texas, regional in the Super Regionals.

Wright, Trapasso earn post-season awards

Junior pitcher Steven Wright and Rainbow head coach Mike Trapasso were both honored by the College Baseball Foundation, earning All-America and Coach of the Year honors, respectively.

Wright was one of seven pitchers named to the All-America team. He is 11-2 on the year with a 2.30 ERA, striking out 123 in 109.2 innings pitched. He was also named the WAC Pitcher of the Year.

Trapasso joins Rice’s Wayne Graham, Virginia’s Brian O’Conner and Kentucky’s John Cohen as the honorees as National Coaches of the Year. Trapasso has led the team to its best season since 1992, going 43-15 through the regular season. Most impressive is the 16-4 record that the ‘Bows have posted on the road.

U.S. Junior Amateur Championship deadline

Qualifying for the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship will be held at the Turtle Bay Resort (Arnold Palmer Course), on June 19-20. It is one of approximately 60 36-hole qualifiers for the Junior Amateur Championship that will be played from July17-22 at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Entries for the 2006 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship must be received by the United States Golf Association by June 7. The cost is $25 to enter. The championship is for 17-and-under amateurs.

To obtain an entry application, apply online at www.usga.org. Entrants must have a Handicap Index not exceeding 6.4. The 36-hole qualifiers will be held nationwide from June 19 through July 5, with spots awarded at each site to fill the championship field of 156 players.

The Junior Amateur is one of 13 national championships conducted annually by the USGA, 10 of which are strictly for amateurs. If you have any questions, contact committee members: Stephen Perry (sperry@hpa.edu) or Charlie King (charlie@kingautocenter.com).

Chaminade holds

soccer tryouts

Hawai‘i high school graduates wishing to try out for the Chaminade University program can do so on Saturday at the St. Louis Soccer Field on O‘ahu.

Chaminade University will hold tryouts for both the men’s and women’s programs, and interested players should bring their own ball and water.

The men’s tryouts will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Women’s tryouts are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Chaminade University offers financial aid packages for Hawai‘i high school graduates. For more information, or to pre-register, contact coach Barry at 808-265-4249, or the Chaminade athletic office at 808-735-4790.

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