Catching up: Rockne Freitas passes, Van Sickle on USABVB team, ETC

I am so sad to hear of the passing of Rockne Freitas. Lots of “old time” time stories with him starting in the 80s. He was a large man and I remember convincing him he could do the Honolulu Marathon (hey if I could so could he). And he did the Molokai Hoe too, sitting No. 4. (not sure how he go in the canoe but he did).

He had a vision for UH, and the UH system. Wanted to bring football to  a couple of the UH neighbor island campuses and also to West Oahu, where he hoped to create at DII program for the PacWest. He wanted to call them the Owls.


For the second year in a row,  Hawai’i’s Brooke Van Sickle has been named to the U.S. Beach Collegiate National Team (BCNT). Van Sickle is among a total of 17 players from across the country to earn a spot.
All 17 will attend a training block at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., June 12-18. Thirteen have previous BCNT experience, including Van Sickle who attended last year’s training session in Huntington Beach.

Former BeachBow Julia Scoles, who was an All-American and national champion with USC, is also on the squad for the second straight year.


No schedule for the Wahine yet but, as previously posted, they will be at Texas A&M Aug

Also, according to Texas State, the will be in Honolulu over Labor Day weekend.

As mentioned earlier, Hawai’i will open on the road for the first time since 2005 at the Texas A&M Tournament. Matches with the Aggies, Pitt and San Diego Aug. 26-28.


In the VNL,

Former Warrior Rado Parapunov had a team-high 14 points (13K, 1B) in Bulgaria’s 3-1 loss against Serbia Tuesday.