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.
level basketball program provides youngsters with a feel for the game, and
parents are oftentime overcome with the antics of the aspiring
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
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
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
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.
league starts their program this coming Saturday, April 8 at the Kalaheo
Termite/Mitey Mite Start Times
Date Termite Mitey
April 1 9 am 11am
April 8 9 am 11 am
15 9 am 11 am
April 22 9 am 11 am
29 9 am 11 am