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2010 SPORTS PERSONS OF THE MONTH

DECEMBER
NAME
MALE

Greg Salas - UH Manoa - Senior - Football - Greg Salas was selected to the Associated Press All-America Third Team for his standout senior season. In addition, Salas was selected to Phil Steele’s All-America second team and SI.com’s All-America honorable mention. Salas is UH’s first AP All-American since Davone Bess and Colt Brennan were third team All-Americans in 2007. Last season, he was an honorable mention SI.com All-American. Through 13 games this season plus the Sheraton Hawai‘i Bowl, Salas has 119 receptions for 1,889 yards, breaking single-season records in both categories. Last month, Salas broke the school’s career receiving yards record previously held by Jason Rivers. In his four-year career, the Chino, Calif., native has 4,345 yards and has a streak of 41 consecutive games with a reception dating back to 2008.

DECEMBER
NAME
FEMALE

Kisha Kanekoa - UH Manoa - Senior - Basketball - UH beat Cal-State Bakersfield, 74-64 as senior-guard Keisha Kanekoa went for 22-points, becoming just the 16th-player in school history to reach 1,000 career points. Most of the fans stayed after UH improved to 6-6 and cheered while Kanekoa was presented with the game ball. Some of her family came over from the Big Island to see it happen.

NOVEMBER
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Scott Enos - UH Manoa - Senior - Football - Scott Enos has not missed an extra-point kick during his 25-game Hawaii football career. That streak of 92 successful point-after kicks in a row is a UH record (Enos went on to up the record to 105 by the end of the year). The accomplishment is remarkable because the previous mark was held by Jason Elam, who enjoyed a long career in the NFL, and because each of Enos' kicks induces a painful wince (since the opener against Southern California, Enos has suffered from arthritis in his lower back).

NOVEMBER
NAME
FEMALE

Megan Tinnin - UH Manoa - Senior - Basketball - Megan took a leave from UH last fall semester to take care of her ailing mother at home in Albuquerque, N.M.. A few months later, Megan returned to become the most prolific 3-point shooter in Rainbow Wahine history. She set a record this month, surpassing Nani Cockett's 128 career 3-pointers. Tinnin has 135 and counting. With averages of 8.6 points and 2.4 3s per game this season, she could make the record "untoubhable" by the time her Wahine career is over.

OCTOBER
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Alex Green - UH Manoa - Senior - Football RB - During this month's 45-7 road football victory over Utah State this month, Alex found the end zone for a fourth time - the most single-game rushing TDs by a UH player since 1995. Green rushed for 172 yards, the most by a Warrior in 17 years. As a result, Green was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week.

OCTOBER
NAME
FEMALE

Brittany Hewitt - UH Manoa - Sophmore - Volleyball MB - Half way through the season, last year's WAC freshman of the year has brought the Wahine to the number 4 team in the nation. She leads the team in aces and has become the country's most prolific blocker - she has 92 (128 all last year) - and has hit .400-plus in half of UH's matches. An imposing presence in the middle, Hewitt broke two rally-scoring records this season with 16 blocks against San Diego and hitting .917 with 11 kills on just 12 attempts against New Mexico State. Hewitt went on to be named to the All West Region team. In December she became the nation’s leader in blocking at 1.68 blocks per set. The first-team all-WAC pick also averaged 2.30 kills per set and hit .365.

SEPTEMBER
NAME
MALE

Team Primo - Outrigger Canoe Paddling - Team Primo, which represents Wailea Canoe Club of Maui, cruised to a victory in the 43rd annual Duke Kahanamoku Long Distance Race yesterday. The race, which marked the official start of the long-distance outrigger canoe paddling season, featured 49 crews and spanned a 26-mile course that stretched from Kailua Beach, around Makapuu and Diamond Head, and finished adjacent to the pier just before the beach fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki. Riding the momentum of last year's runner-up finish in the prestigious Molokai Hoe, Team Primo completed yesterday's event in 2 hours, 54 minutes, 36 seconds — well ahead of the nearest competitors: Hui Lanakila (2:58.24), Lanikai (3:00.08), Team Livestrong (3:00.44) and Outrigger Canoe Club (3:04.15).

SEPTEMBER
KIMBERLY PAGLIESE
FEMALE

Kimberly Pugliese - Senior - Mililani - Cross Country - Selected the 2010 OIA Western Division girls’ cross-country player of the year, winning the 2010 OIA Championship and won and set a record in the OIA Western Division Championship girl’s varsity 3000 meters Kimberly was also selected as the winner of the 2010 Wendy’s High School Heisman.

AUGUST
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Ewa Allstars - Youth Baseball - The Ewa All-Stars captured the PONY Bronco (ages 11-12) World Series in Monterey, California on Thursday. They beat Tamiami, Florida in the final, 6-3, coming from behind in the bottom of the fifth to score five runs. The Ewa team won all six games in the World Series, beating teams from Tamiami, Florida; Chinese Taipei; Caguas, Puerto Rico; Salinas and Blossom Valley, California, and Oak Parks, Illinois. Team members are Justin Areola, Darren Gallano, Garrison Gamil, Kainoa Ganancial, Dorrien Hermosura, Jobe Ibana, Ian Kahaloa, Christian James Laroco, Jake Mendoza, Gaston Palipti, Rusty Pascua, Dewayne Sprinkel, Chase Wago, and Hugh Yamashiro. The coaches are Randall Wago, Dean Ibana, Greg Palipti, and Shag Hermosura.

AUGUST
NAME
FEMALE

Nani Vercruyssen - KCC - Freshman - World Class Trampoline Gymnast - At last month's U.S. Elite Challenge in Virginia Beach, Va, 18-year-old freshman Nani Vercruyssen teamed with Shanelle Landry of New Jersey, to take the gold in senior women's synchronized trampoline, then finished second to Landry in individual trampoline. Vercruyssen was the only female chosen for the U.S. team that will compete at the World Cup in Spain this September. Nani was named the Trampoline Sportswoman of the Year by USA Gymnastics in a vote of her peers on the U.S. National team. Vercruyssen intends to attend classes at UH while preparing for the 2012 Olympics in London.

JULY
NAME
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Bob Coolen - UH Manoa - Softball Head Coach - Winning the WAC tournament, winning the Regionals at Stanford, and the Super Regional victory over Alabama - then getting to the World Series (1-2 in that double elimination tournement). That - never been done before journey - got Coach Bob Coolen (with his wife Nanci), Jenna Rodriguez and Kelly Majam all to Los Angeles, California for the ESPN ESPY Awards Ceremony. The whole experience has done alot for the Wahine softball program at UHM.

JULY
NAME
FEMALE

Amber Kaufman - UH Manoa - Senior - Track & Field - Amber Kaufman jumped for gold at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She jumped 6 feet, 1 1/4 inches to win the 2010 NCAA high jump crown. Kaufman is the only UH athlete competing at this years championships. Kaufman is the first female UH track and field star to win gold since 1985 when Gwynn Loud took first in the long jump. Kaufman tried to reach greater heights, but she failed on her three attempts at clearing 6 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Her personal best is 6 feet, 4 inches. The UH two sport star was named recipient of the Western Athletic Conference Joe Kearney Award. The award is given annually to the best male and female athletes in the conference.

JUNE
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Bryan Nakasone - Hawaii Pacific University - Softball Head Coach - Head Coach Bryan Nakasone and assistant coaches Howard Okita, Roger Javillo, Jon Correles, and Richard Nomura of the 2010 NCAA Division II National Champion HPU softball team have been named as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Division II National Coaching Staff of the Year. Bryan Nakasone, who was also named the West Region’s and PacWest Conference’s Coach of the Year. The five-man staff has won a total of 196-61-1 with four PacWest Titles, three NCAA Tournament appearances, and this season’s National Title by beating the No. 2 team, Valdosta State. The "Sea Warriors" finished the season with a record of 50 wins against 8 losses, the most wins in the history in HPU softball history. 

JUNE
NAME
FEMALE

Sherise Musquiz - Hawaii Pacific University - Senior - Softball pitcher - Sherise was selected as HPU’s First Female Featured Student-Athlete after guiding the Lady Sea Warriors to their first NCAA National Title. Musquiz, who was also named World Series Most Valuable Player, was just one of three pitchers named to the first team and finished the season with the fifth lowest earned run average at 1.03. The senior pitcher started every game of the postseason, as HPU went undefeated in the tournament. Prior to the first game, she was named as HPU softball’s first NCAA All-American and was named Most Outstanding Player for the tournament. In HPU’s final regular season series, she broke the HPU All-Time career wins record and finished her career with 90 wins.

MAY
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Taylor Crabb - Punahou High School - Volleyball - Taylor was inducted into the HHSAA Hall of Honor.  Inductees are chosen primarily on the basis of athletic achievement, but other factors considered include contributions to the team, versatility in sports, sportsmanship and dedication, character and behavior on and off the playing field, academic achievement, role in school activities outside sports, and involvement in the community.  Taylor was also named to the Volleyball first team, ILH D1.

MAY
NAME
FEMALE

Ashley Satterwhite - Punahou High School - Senior - Track & Field - At the Interscholastic League of Honolulu track and field championships Satterwhite won the 100 in 12.84 seconds and the 200 in 25.65 while racing into the wind at Kamehameha's Kūnuiākea Stadium. Along with Sari Kwan, Kylie Chun and Lahaina Zoller, they broke the meet record in the 4x100 relay with a winning time of 49.81. Satterwhite also ran on the winning 4x400 relay team with Julia Brand, Kyleigh Mann and Lahaina Zoller.

APRIL
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John Nelson - UH Manoa - Men's Tennis coach - John Nelson has taken the University of Hawai‘i men’s tennis teams to new heights with back-to-back WAC Championships and a pair of appearances in the NCAA Tournament. This year the men’s tennis team finished 35th in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, the highest ranking ever for the Rainbow Warriors. With that finish UH gained an invitation to the qualifying rounds of the 2011 ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the second straight season.

APRIL
NAME
FEMALE

Kelly Majam & Stephanie Rickets - UH Manoa - Softball - Kelly Majam (Freshman) started in all 66 games, finished her rookie season as the NCAA home run leader while setting  new WAC and UH single-season home run records with 30…nationally was ranked fourth in runs per game (81), fifth in slugging percentage, 27th in on-base percentage, and 42nd in batting average…reached base safely in 61-of-66 games...also broke the UH single-season records for runs scored (88) and walks (44)...overall, led UH in batting average (.400), runs scored (81), triples (2), home runs (30), RBI (60), on-base percentage (.519), slugging percentage (.919), and walks (44)…tallied a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 79 put-outs and six assists. She was the 2010 WAC Freshman of the Year, first team All-WAC, first team All-West Region, and second team National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America. The freshman was also named a 2010 UH Scholar-Athlete and a WAC all-Academic player. Stephanie Ricketts (Sophomore) appeared in 46 games with 36 starts on the mound…had an outstanding season with a record of 30-10 overall and a 2.59 ERA… held opponents to a .237 batting average with 91 walks and 161 strike outs in 237.2 innings pitched… hit a home run against DePaul as a pinch hitter...In WAC games, was 13-0 with a 1.55 ERA and held opponents to a .191 batting average with 25 walks and 52 strike outs in 81.1 innings pitched… earned WAC Pitcher of the Week honors for the week of March 1st, first team All-WAC honors, WAC Pitcher of the Year, and second team All-West Region honors.

MARCH
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Rick Tune - Punahou High School - Boys Volleyball coach - Governor Lingle recognized the Hawai‘i State Champion Punahou Boys Volleyball Team at the State Capitol. The Buffanblu, led by Head Coach Rick Tune, are ranked No. 1 in the nation in ESPN’s Fab 50 poll. This year, the team kept an undefeated record (32-0), including nine wins over mainland teams.

MARCH
NAME
FEMALE

Mindy Chow - Punahou High School - Judo - The 2009 Youth and Scholastics National Champion in the 52kg division, Mindy Chow (Honolulu, Hawaii / Hawaii Tenri) has since moved up two weight divisions. The 15-year-old two-time Senior Nationals medalist won the Juvenile B and IJF-Junior 63kg divisions. After winning three matches by ippon (instant win) in the Juvenile B division, Chow won four matches to earn gold in the IJF-Junior division. Among her wins en route to being named the Outstanding Female Competitor were two victories over Kayla Chappell (Oklahoma City, Okla. / USA Stars), a 2009 Senior World Team member at 52kg.

FEBRUARY
DIVING COACH
MALE

Mike Brown – UH Manoa – Diving Coach - Mike has just completed his 10th year of coaching diving at the University of Hawai‘i. He was voted Diving Coach of the Year for the fifth year in a row and sixth time in his career. UH divers have earned two individual NCAA diving titles in 2005 and 2008, along with one national women’s team high point distinction at the 2006 NCAA Championships, and 28 NCAA All-American honors. Six different divers have placed in the top four at the finals of the D-I NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

FEBRUARY
DIVER ATHLETE
FEMALE

Stephanie Delima - UH Manoa – Diving - Stephanie was named the WAC Diver of the Year, following a sweep of all three diving finals at the WAC Championships…won all three diving events at the WAC Championships, the first time in WAC history that feat has been accomplished…was named academic all-WAC…scored career-highs in the one-meter (297.10), three-meter (333.10) and platform (259.83) dives at the WAC Championships…won the one-meter (279.20) at the Hawai‘i Diving Invitational and finished second on the three-meter (275.0…competed at the NCAA Zone E Meet, finished sixth on the three-meter with an overall score of 602.40 and seventh on the one-meter with an overall score of 545.90.

JANUARY
VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE
MALE

Josh Walker - UH Manoa - Junior - Volleyball OH- Joshua has a career-best 4.38 kill average, second best on the team and eighth in the MPSF, hitting .330. Walker has 13 double figure kill matches, including five 20-kill matches. In the UCLA series, he rebounded from an eight kill performance on the first night with a season-high 25 kills on 41.3 percent the next night. He earned Outrigger Hotels Invitational Most Outstanding Player honors after averaging 5.25 kills and 1.75 digs per set. Named MPSF player of the week.

JANUARY
VOLLEYBALL ATHLETE
FEMALE

Sarah Palmer - Hawaii Baptist Academy - Senior - Volleybal OHl - Advertiser’s All-State first team, Girls Volleyball team. Advertiser Player of the Year. She was selected for that honor from all D-I and D-II players. Sarah led her team to a 21-2 season (the 2 losses were to D-I schools) and their third straight D-II state championship. Sarah has earned Volleyball honors all of her high school carrer, she will attend the NCAA runner-up, Texas next year.

 

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