For decades, Waiakea has had teachers who doubled as baseball coaches on the diamond, focusing on more than just the game’s fundamentals.
By KEVIN JAKAHI
Waiakea senior David Nakamura was a model of consistency, pitching with cool efficiency, especially when the game’s temperature was turned up.
Ka‘u junior Josiah Barrios received an invitation by mail to play in the 30th annual Down Under Bowl this summer in Australia, a nice surprise because his coaches didn’t nominate him.
Captain Comeback was always doing push-ups, not that Kealakehe senior Anthony “Head” Trevino minded, even during matches.
Kamehameha junior Pono Yanagi made a strong second-day run with a 1-under-par 71 at the HHSAA championships on Friday at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu, showing that he belongs in the same neighborhood among the state’s best golfers.
Waiakea jumped on the strengths of its pitching and defense to ride into the HHSAA Division I championship, but both were nowhere to be found against Baldwin at Les Murakami Stadium, where the Maui Interscholastic League has now captured the last three state titles.
The Piopio Bears held a signing ceremony for seven club members on Saturday at Hilo Armory, and Kailee Kurokawa led off, which meant things quickly took an emotional turn.
LiAnn Yamamoto could hear her Waiakea teammates cheering her, filling her with additional ammunition. Her mind was clear and her body relaxed and ready to apply any judo technique necessary. The gold medal was finally within reach.
Hilo High almost extended the coaching career of Tony De Sa despite failing to capitalize again and again with runners on base.