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PacWest Hawaii Challenge

HONOLULU (September 11, 2015)—In an effort to elevate the Hawaii-based rivalries within the PacWest Conference and recognize the high level of competition between BYU-Hawaii, Chaminade, Hawaii Pacific and the University of Hawaii-Hilo, the member institutions have created the PacWest Hawaii Challenge.

The nine sports composing the PacWest Hawaii Challenge include: women’s cross country, volleyball, soccer, softball and tennis; men’s soccer and golf; and men’s and women’s basketball. A perpetual trophy will be awarded to the yearly winner, with the trophy being presented by the other athletic directors at the winning school’s campus.

“We’ve developed fierce rivalries for years against our island counterparts. Formalizing the PacWest Hawaii Challenge represents a fun and exciting way to measure how we are doing while also showcasing our student-athletes and teams in Hawaii,” said HPU executive director of athletics Vince Baldemor.

The scoring system is based on the following criteria:

  • Points are awarded for head-to-head conference matchups in women’s volleyball, soccer, basketball and softball as well as men’s soccer and basketball. Two points are awarded for every win, while one point is earned with a tie and losses net zero points. At the conclusion of each sport’s season, schools are ranked in order of points earned. The institution with the highest point total receives four points toward the cumulative standings, while second-, third- and fourth-place finishers receive three, two and one points, respectively. Postseason competitions do not factor in the point tallies.
  • For women’s cross country, tennis and men’s golf, points are awarded based on how the teams finish at the PacWest Conference Championships. Regular-season contests will not play a role in scoring since these teams do not have consistent matchups against each other. The highest-ranking team in each sport after the championship tournament receives four points, while three points go to the runner-up, two to the third-place finisher and one point for fourth place.
  • Scores from the nine sports will be tabulated to determine an overall champion. The maximum number of points possible is 36.  

“We are looking forward to this fun and exciting challenge,” said Patrick Guillen, director of athletics at UH Hilo. “This perpetual trophy will continue to solidify our rivalries and make it enjoyable to keep track of our student-athletes and community ‘ohana.”

Sports information directors from the four schools will assist in updating scores and promoting the challenge. HPU will manage the master calendar and scoring chart (refer to attached sheet) with any discrepancies being addressed and resolved by the athletic directors. 

“Besides featuring our local rivalries, our hope is that the PacWest Hawaii Challenge will help to generate additional fan interest and attendance at our games,” said Bill Villa, director of athletics at Chaminade. “People young and old who have never witnessed a NCAA Division II game may be surprised to see how talented and skillful these young men and women are and how hard they perform for their respective schools. We provide a great option for Hawaii high school student-athletes wanting to play at the collegiate level. The PacWest Hawaii Challenge is going to be an exciting addition to our program.”

“We have always had great rivalries with our Hawaii institutions, but we have had greater friendships! We will be able to showcase our student-athletes and our schools. The young people in Hawaii will realize the great opportunities available for them if they stay at home for school,” said BYU-Hawaii athletic director and men’s basketball coach Ken Wagner.

See a full schedule of events for the challenge here.

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