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by Kalamalama staff

Hundreds of HPU athletes, coaches, staff, and faculty gathered at Dole Cannery May 3 for the 2007 HPU Athletic Awards Banquet, an annual event that climaxes with the naming of the University’s top male and female scholar-athletes. Attendees were welcomed by Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach Darren Vorderbruegge, who referred to the motto on the event program: “Success is knowing that you gave everything you had, and looking back with no regrets.” 

“ We believe,” Vorderbruegge said, “we have an entire room of people who can reflect on this past year with confidence in the effort they gave.” 

Vorderbruegge went on to express the athletic department’s appreciation of all the students, coaches, and administrators, starting with President Chatt G. Wright (who played baseball in college) and his wife Janice and including the Vice Presidents for Student Affairs and administration, Dr. Jeff Philpott and Rick Stepien, and he made special mention of the HPU Band, Cheer Squad, Dance Team, and Spirit Squad as well as the many fans, supporters, and friends of athletics.

“ Many of you have done things that people sometimes don’t see or even know about, but just know that to all of us, you are important and very much appreciated,” Vorderbruegge said.

MC for the evening of awards presentation was Chris Hart, host of the HPU Sports Beat on ESPN radio 1420, an avid softball supporter whose daughter plays on the HPU softball team.

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Head Coach: Christian Friis, assistants: Karl Honma, Matt Stevens, Louise Brasen. Scholar Athlete (men’s team): With a 4.0 GPA in business administration, from Kailua, Hawai‘i, senior Todd Iacovelli.

Scholar Athlete (women’s team): With a 3.91 GPA in business, originally from Harlanda, Sweden, junior Elin Soto-Thompson.

Women’s Volleyball, Head Coach: Daryl Kapis; assistants: Sheri Sagayaga, Kainoa Obrey.

Scholar Athlete:
Sports editor for Kalamalama with a 3.78 GPA in journalism, from Honolulu, sophomore Kaylee Noborikawa.

Men’s Soccer, Head Coach (men’s): Frank Doyle; assistants: Jose Balina, Scott Liedtke. Scholar Athlete: With a 3.84 GPA in public relations and advertising, from Littleton, Colorado, Preston Sims.

Women’s Soccer, Head Coach: Mark Kane; assistant: Karen Kramer. Scholar Athlete: A first-team All-PacWest Conference all-star with a 3.57 GPA in Nursing, from Kane‘ohe, senior Kerianne Pascua.

Men’s Basketball, Head Coach: Darren Vorderbruegge, assistant: Yancey Walker. Scholar Athlete: With a 3.45 GPA in finance, originally from Fountain, Colo., junior Ryan Walker.

Women’s Basketball, Head coach Elizabeth O’Brien, assistant Lisa Russell. Scholar Athlete: With a 3.74 GPA in pre-physical therapy, a member of the Sea Warriors Band from Honolulu, junior Mandy Llamedo.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis, Head Coach: Stefan Pampulov, assistants: Ilian Nachev, Lauren Conching, Ann Pangan. Scholar Athlete (men’s): With a 3.54 GPA in business, from Cologne, Germany, Mark Mestan.

Scholar Athlete (women’s): With a 3.37 GPA in international business, originally from Minsk, Belarus, sophomore Anastasyia Ageychik.

Men’s Baseball, Head Coach: Garett Yukumoto, assistants: Matt Apana, Tyler Cheff, Gary Tokunaga. Scholar Athlete: With a 4.0 GPA in marketing, from Kailua, David Chow.

Women’s Softball, Co-Head Coaches: Howard Okita and Bryan Nakasone; assistants: John Correles, Jarnett Lono, Roger Javillo, Richard Nomura. Scholar Athlete: A biology major with a 3.73 GPA, from Salem, Oregon, senior Clerisse Lemke.

Men’s Golf, Head Coach: Greg Gibbs. Scholar Athlete: With a 3.97 GPA, from Billings, Mont., sophomore Dustin Krueger.

Cheer, Dance, and Band, Coach: Matthew Parkey. Scholar Athlete (Large Co-ed Cheer): With a 3.42 GPA in finance, from Mount Holly, N.J., senior Zach Giano.

Scholar Athlete (Small Co-ed Cheer): A junior justice administration major with a 3.79 GPA, originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Savanna Sibley.

HPU Dance Team, Coach: Dani Rein. Scholar Athlete: With a 3.63 cumulative GPA in pre-med, from Kapolei, junior Robyn Hashimoto.

Sea Warrior Band, Director: Dr. Teresa McCreary. Scholar Athlete: A six-year member and lead alto saxophon in the Jazz Ensemble, with a 4.0 GPA in the master’s of secondary education program, from Peru, Ill., Dina Lemmer.

Sea Warrior Award: honors a student athlete who has demonstrated excellence on the playing field, portrayed good sportsmanship, and participated in community service projects. This year’s recipient, Aaron Kent, from Kailua, is an active volunteer for numerous community service projects such as the Century Bicycle event, the Honolulu Marathon, the Second Chance Prom, school recycling projects, and the American Red Cross.

The Emma Mauz “Super Fan” Award was created in memory of Emma Mauz, a dedicated and loyal fan of high school athletics. Her sportswriter son, Frank Mauz, and the HPU athletic department started this tradition in 1991 to pay tribute to the HPU “Super Fan.” This year’s winner: math professor Dr. Stephen Berg.

Male and female scholar-athletes of the year: The top awards for the evening, presented by President Wright and Coach Voerderbreugge, went to men’s cross country runner, Todd Iacovelli and women’s tennis player, Anastasia Ageychik.

President Wright also presented a Special Recognition award to soccer Head Coach Frank Doyle.


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