Valiere out of Maitland Toyota

Kaua‘i’s Evan Valiere finished fourth in Heat 14, Round 7 in the Maitland Toyota Open in Merewether, Australia.

Valiere scored a 5.34 behind defending champion Neco Padaratz, who was also eliminated, and Australia’s Adam Melling and Dayyan Neve. Valiere is now out of the competition.

Rodrigues expected to start

Mark Rodrigues is projected to start in tomorrow’s Game 2 of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee series.

Rodrigues had a successful outing against Arizona, allowing no runs on three hits with no walks in 7.0 innings, striking out four to get the win over Arizona Saturday. His performance against the Wildcats earned him Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week honors.

Rodrigues has been pitching as Hawai‘i’s second starter, holding a 5-1 record in seven starts, carrying a 2.58 ERA in 38.1 innings pitched. He has 18 strikeouts and just three walks with one complete game and one combined shutout.

Final KKHSR this weekend

Tomorrow is the last Kauai Keiki High School Rodeo event for the year at the CJM Country Stables in Po‘ipu. It will start at 9 a.m. Sunday’s American Cowboy Team Roping Association’s second series will start at 10 a.m.

For more information, call the CJM Country Stables at 742-6096.

Scholarship deadline approaches

The Aloha Section PGA Foundation Scholarship Program is designed to award one-year educational scholarships.

The amount of the scholarships will be determined by the availability of funds. The committee will review class ranking, grade point average and either ACT or SAT test scores, along with the student’s extracurricular activities.

The deadline to submit applications has been extended till April 15. Applications and requirements for the scholarship are posted on the ASPGA Web site aloha.pga.com.

Hawai‘i beefs up salary ranges for men’s basketball coaches

HONOLULU — The Board of Regents yesterday approved raising the salary ranges of the University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball coaching staff, with the top salary for head coach rising from $138,000 to $400,000.

“The amended salary ranges will allow the UH Manoa athletics program to remain competitive with other Division I-A men’s basketball programs and gives the program more flexibility in taking advantage of and responding to opportunities in the marketplace,” university officials said in a news release.

UH will be hiring a new head coach to succeed the retiring Riley Wallace, whose contract expires April 30.

Although the salary range for head coach was $81,000 to $138,000, Wallace was paid $275,000 this season under an exception approved by the board.

The salary range for head coach is now $184,836 to $400,000.

Meanwhile, the associate coach salary range of $50,004 to $78,000 climbed to $79,500 to $124,656, and the old salary range for assistant coach of $39,000 to $58,008, is now $50,004 to $105,000.

The amended salary ranges are based on the 2005 Athletic Directors’ Association national annual compensation survey data, UH officials said.

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