The Norman Transcript


April 5, 2013

Kanewa has stepped up to help vault Sooners into contention

Oklahoma to host NCAA regional

NORMAN — In 2008 Maile’ana Kanewa appeared in the film “Older Than America” as Little Apple. Kanewa was 12 years old at the time and got to meet future Hollywood star Bradley Cooper. That would be the highlight of many people’s careers and lives.

“I did it because I looked like the part they were looking for, my coloring (skin tone).” Kanewa said. “I loved that kind of stuff so I tried out. I loved it. It was so much fun.”

However, Kanewa has put being a movie star to the side for now. As a freshman on the No. 2 Oklahoma women’s gymnastics team, she is focused on doing something just as dramatic. She wants to help the Sooners win their first-ever national championship.

“I think we’ve had a pretty successful season so far,” Kanewa said. “We just want to keep going and progress to nationals.”

In order to get to the national meet, the Sooners first have to take care of business at regionals.

Oklahoma earned a No. 1 seed and will host one of the six NCAA Regional Championships at 4 p.m. Saturday at Lloyd Noble Arena. No. 11 Stanford, No. 14 Penn State, No. 22 Washington, Iowa and Southern Utah will be on hand contending for the crown and a spot at nationals. The top two teams from each regional will advance to the NCAA Championships, April 19, on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles, to compete for a spot in the NCAA Super Six and a national championship April 20.

This is the second time in three years Oklahoma has played host to a regional tourney. Coach K.J. Kindler sees this team being more prepared for the postseason than the one in 2011.

“We were a strong team that year, but we are stronger this year,” Kindler said. “I think from top to bottom we have more depth on every single event. We don’t expose a large weakness on any one event.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners will have to do the right thing eventually

    Don’t read anything into the non-suspension suspension Oklahoma leveled at true freshman running back Joe Mixon Wednesday....

    July 31, 2014

  • In this case, Sooner fans can rest easy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooner Caravan ended its summer run at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night. OU coach Bob Stoops did not take questions, but one of the major topics was the $370 million renovation to ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014