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Top 5 sports headlines of 2009

Greg Alexander, #12 Greg Alexander, #12
Manti Teo Manti Teo
Shane Victorino Shane Victorino
Coach Dave Shoji & U.H. Wahine Volleyball Team Coach Dave Shoji & U.H. Wahine Volleyball Team
Michelle Wie Michelle Wie

By Liz Chun - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After 365-days, it was tough to break down just 10-of the top moments of 2009. Last night we brought you 6-10. Liz Chun now has 5-1.

Happy New Year! It may be 2010, but we're still not done with our sports review of 2009. The first half of our top ten countdown included.

  • UH volleyball coach Mike Wilton's departure.
  • The big waves of the Eddie Aikau Contest.
  • The Save Our Sports campaign.
  • And the successful returns of Brian Viloria and June Jones.

Here's are the final five moments of 2009.

5 Warriors up and down season

Continuing our countdown at number five, the ups and downs for UH football.

The season started with controversy and then after a series of major injuries including the loss of starting quarterback Greg Alexander, Hawaii suffered a 6 game losing streak.

But then the Warriors would make a late run winning 4 straight. Their hopes of a Hawaii Bowl appearance fell one win shy as UH lost it's final game to Wisconsin.

4 Manti Teo's big decision

At number four, the big decision for Manti Teo was nationally televised on Letter of Intent Day.

The Punahou linebacker, who was expected to go to either USC or UCLA, stunned the country by choosing Notre Dame.

Teo who was one of the most highly recruited players in the country, became the first high schooler to win the Dick Butkus Award and also lead the Buffanblu to their first ever state title for football.

3 more success for Victorino

The third spot belongs to Shane Victorino.

This summer the outfielder became the first Hawaii born position player to make the All Star Game. Fans got the final say and 15 point 6 million votes put Victorino on the NL roster.

While the Phillies failed to defend their World Series title against the Yankees, Victorino won his second Gold Glove and led the majors with 13 triples.

2 Shoji adds to legacy and Wahine make Final Four

At number two, we have two stories for Rainbow Wahine volleyball.

Dave Shoji added to his legacy becoming the second head coach in Division 1 women's volleyball to reach 1000 wins for his career. Shoji would finish the season with 1016 wins after the Wahine reached the Final Four.

UH fell in the semifinal to Penn State the eventual National Title winner.

1 Michelle Wie's first pro win

The top spot goes to Michelle Wie who finally silenced her critics for being winless as a pro.

The once golf phenom from Punahou broke thru the win column by taking the Lorena Ochoa Invitational by two strokes.

It took Wie 65 LPGA starts to claim her first championship.

By season's end Wie earned nearly a million dollars in her first year as a tour member.

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