Wednesday sports notes

May 25th, 2011

>> Good to see Nick Rolovich and Dave Aranda are getting well-deserved raises.

>> Mike Brown is the new head coach of the Lakers. Everyone says he’s a nice guy, and a defensive-minded coach. But is he the right fit for an aging team led by an aging superstar?

>> Kansas second baseman Ka’iana Eldredge, a Punahou product, made the Big 12 All-Freshman team.

>> Following up on Sunday’s column about lopsided games. As sportswriters, we talk a lot about liking blowouts because it means we can get most of our story done early. But that only goes so far. I don’t envy what my friend T.J. Johnston of the Moline Dispatch & Argus had to endure last month — a high school doubleheader that was won by a combined score of 29-0!

“Moline beat United Township (East Moline) in a Western Big 6 Conference twinbill. First game went to Moline 11-0 with 7 in the fourth and then stopped it mid-inning with 4 in the fifth. Moline then went 5-9-8-7 for the 18-0 nightcap victory.”

That’s topped only by a high school playoffs score I saw in a copy of the Baltimore Sun that Jason Kaneshiro brought into the office: Final score was 35-0. It was a second-round game of regionals. Yikes!

6 Responses to “Wednesday sports notes”

  1. LanceT:

    I was surprised by the Mike Brown hiring, but the Lakers’ front office usually knows what its doing. I assume Kobe was consulted on the hire. In the end, I think it all depends on whether Kobe buys into Mike Brown’s system. If he does, I think the Lakers have what it takes – with some minor tweaking – to make a return trip to the NBA Finals. If he doesn’t, it could be a long, long season for Lake Show fans.

  2. dreardon:

    Thanks Lance!

  3. aaron:

    word is that Kobe wanted a defensive-minded coach, and that’s what Mike Brown is. Now we get to see whether or not they bring in more defensive-minded players.

  4. Momona:

    Congrats to Kaiana. Kansas is picking up some good Hawaii talent. Wally Marciel from Iolani is there and I believe Mid-Pac’s Protacio is headed there in the fall.

  5. sports for fun:

    Lakers need to get younger players…

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