Hawaii Grown Notebook: Basketball, swimming, volleyball
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>> Tolu Smith, Kahuku ’18: The Mississippi State senior forward scored a career-high 27 of 11 points on 13 shooting with 13 rebounds, five assists, four blocks and a steal in an 81 win -74 in overtime against TCU on Saturday. Smith has six double-doubles this season, including four in the past five games.
>> Christmas Togiai, Kamehameha ’20: The sophomore guard from Embry-Riddle (Arizona) finished with six points, seven rebounds and seven assists in a 76-62 win over Simpson (California) on Thursday.
>>Jo Hunter, ‘Iolani ’21: The Air Force sophomore guard played a team-best 36 minutes and finished with 12 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in a 67-win 65 against Colorado State on Saturday. Hunter started all 22 games for the Falcons (11-11, 6-4 Mountain West) and is averaging 5.7 points and leads the team in assists (101), steals (47) and blocks ( 10).
>>Bella Cravens, Maryknoll ’18: The senior TCU forward, who was traded from Nebraska this offseason, finished with seven points, a record 10 rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in a 64-48 loss to Kansas State on Saturday. Cravens has started 18 of 20 games for TCU and is averaging 5.9 points and a team best 6.5 rebounds per game and also has a team best 22 blocks.
>> Tara Kaneshiro, Punahou ’20: The junior guard from Whitworth, Wash. had 10 points on 4-for-9 shooting in a 53-40 win over Pacific Lutheran on Friday.
>> Ashley Akamine, Lahainaluna ’21: Sophomore guard Pacific Lutheran scored a team-high nine points with six rebounds, two steals and an assist against the Pirates. Akamine started all 19 games for the Lutes and is averaging 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.
>> Emi Wada, Hawaii Baptist ’22: The Pacific Lutheran freshman guard had eight points and two assists on a 4-for-7 shot against Whitworth (Wash.).
>> Brilie Kovaloff, Mid-Pacific ’19: The Pacific (Oregon) senior guard was one of four boxers in double figures with 10 points, two assists and two rebounds in 20 minutes of a 74-54 win over Linfield (Ore.) Friday. Kovaloff has started all 19 games and leads the Pacific with 16.0 points per game.
>> Jaek Horner, Kamehameha ’19: The Utah senior won the 200 breaststroke and swam on the winning teams in the 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay in a double win over BYU on Saturday. Horner won the individual event in 2:03.49 and also placed third in the 100 breaststroke clocking 56.41 seconds.
>> Micah Ginoza, Kaiser ’20: The Utah junior was sixth in the 1,650 freestyle (17:00.15) and seventh in the 500 freestyle (4:53.79) against the Cougars.
>> Noah Carlson, Kaiser ’19: The Utah senior was third in the 200 freestyle (1:41.86) and seventh in the 100 freestyle (46.94) against BYU.
>> Sofia Carlson, Punahou ’21: The Utah sophomore placed second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.33 in a double win over BYU on Saturday.
>> Alana Barthel, Le Jardin ’21: The UC San Diego sophomore finished second in the 100 backstroke (56.69) and 200 backstroke (2:02.26) and swam on the relay team 200 medley who placed second in a double victory. Cal Baptist Saturday.
>> Kupono Browne, ‘Iolani ’20: The Brigham Young junior outside hitter had three kills, three digs and four assists in a five-set win over UC Irvine on Friday, two nights after losing in three sets against the Anteaters.
>> Hunter Schmidt, ‘Iolani ’21: The Stevens Institute of Technology sophomore middle tackle had three kills on seven error-free attempts and added three assists on a sweep of Ramapo (NJ) on Saturday as the Ducks finished a tri-game sweep and improved to 7-1 this season.
Statistics compiled by Billy Hull, Star-Advertiser. To submit an athlete for publication, email: [email protected].