Termites, Mitey Mites take to courts

KAPA’A – The sound of bouncing basketballs punctuated by sharp commands

from coaches and the laughter of parents, siblings, and supporters overpowered

the biting cold that permeated the covered playing field at the Kapa’a Middle

School Saturday morning.

Kealii Rowland, assistant athletic director for

the Kapa’a Boys and Girls Club manned the timer that controlled two games

taking place on the semi-sheltered courts.

This was the first day of the

Eastside Termite and Mitey Mite basketball program that involves youngsters

between 6 and 9 years of age who get to play four 5-minute running time

quarters with their coaches allowed to take the court with them.

The entry

level basketball program provides youngsters with a feel for the game, and

parents are oftentime overcome with the antics of the aspiring

roundballers.

Rowland said the Eastside season runs each Saturday in April

through April 29 with Termite games starting at 9 a.m. and Mitey Mite games

starting from 11 a.m. All games are at the Kapa’a Middle School covered

playing area.

Termite teams involves youngsters from 8-9 years of age. The

Eastside program has five teams.

The Anahola Spartans, clad in purple tee

shirts, is coached by Kea Kaneali’i, The Kapa’a Knights in navy blue is steered

by Lou Lindsey, The forest green Wailua Falcons is headed by Talbert

Tacbian.

Teal is the color of the Kapa’a Warriors coached by Ed Phillips,

and the Kapa’a Bulls, dressed in red, have Blake Beltz as their

coach.

Mitey Mite teams involve youngsters in the 6-7 years age bracket and

make up six teams in the Eastside league.

The Jaguars in navy blue is

coached by Lindsey, the royal blue Lihu’e All-Stars is handled by Desaree

Fagarang, and Kaneali’i coaches the Anahola Spartans who share the same purple

as their counterpart termite squad.

Daniel Simao heads the C-Town Bulls

dressed in red, Phillips coaches the Warriors in teal, and Fred Ramelb coaches

the Ramelb’s Rebels.

Gary Maguire is the athletic director for the Kapa’a

Boys and Girls Club which coordinates the Eastside league.

The Westside

league starts their program this coming Saturday, April 8 at the Kalaheo

Neighborhood Center.

Termite/Mitey Mite Start Times

Kapa`a Middle

School

Eastside

Date Termite Mitey

Mite

April 1 9 am 11am

April 8 9 am 11 am

April

15 9 am 11 am

April 22 9 am 11 am

April

29 9 am 11 am

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