On April 24 Hawaii Pacific University saluted all of
its 2001-2002 athletes with Andrea Wean and Wade Taguchi receiving
top honors as scholar athletes.
Selected from a group of 300 student-athletes, Wean and Taguchi
have demonstrated excellence on the turf as well as the classroom.
Looking forward to her graduation this summer, Wean has contributed
to the Lady Sea Warrior Volleyball teams, most recent,
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She was a PacWest All-conference selection and a Verizon Academic
All-district VII selection.
Originally from Bellingham, Washington this middle blocker
led the PacWest in kill percentage this season and earned a
school record in the process (1147 attempts, 550 kills, 139
errors for .358 percentage). But it was her grade percentage
that would earn honors as the Female Student-Athlete of the
Taguchi made the Deans List in his sophomore season with
the Sea Warriors. In his junior season, he broke HPUs
runs-batted-in (RBI) record, dominating the within a game
(7) and within a season (50) categories. He remained
on the Deans list. In his final season with HPU Taguchi
broke the school record for the most home runs in the schools
history. Hitting 17 homeruns, he overtook some of HPU greatest
baseball players, including Benny Agbayani. He is still made
the Deans List. Thats why he was named the 2002
HPU Student-Athlete of the Year.
Every year the athletic department honors an individual who
has made being an athlete worth it, people who have given up
weekends and evenings to throw on their baby blues
and root the teams on. This years Emma Mauz Super Fan
Award went HPUs own Faculty Athletic Representative, Barbara
Burke, in a unanimous selection.
Other athletes were rewarded for their excellence on the court
and in the classroom. Nina Christiansen, this years PacWest
Regional female Athlete of the Year and PacWest champion, was
honored for her heroics on the cross country course. Christian
Madsen, PacWest cross country Athlete of the Year, also took
home an honor for his work throughout the season.
Other student-athletes include Larz Stewart, mens basketball;
Anthony Smith, cheerleading; Justina Anderson, dance; Fredrik
Andreasson, mens club soccer; Natasha Ornellas, womens
club soccer; Kimberlie Fukumoto, softball; Stefan Pampulov,
mens tennis; and Fleurette Miranti, womens tennis.