A new day, a new chapter; the Sports Camper says ‘Aloha’

Friday will see the start of a new chapter in the sports saga of Kaua`i.

Not only does the football season start as the Waimea Menehunes host

Punahou at the Hanapepe Stadium starting at 7:35 p.m., but the days are

counting down, and like a school kid who can see the start of summer coming,

the Camper anticipates the arrival of Jason Gallic who will be the new

recipient of e-mail address “Kauaisports@pulitzer.net.”

Since March of this

year, the Camper has been trying to wear (sometimes with much difficulty) the

hat of Nick Abramo who left us for better opportunities across the sea. That

hat (or shoe) has been hard to fill.

But, there have been many hands

helping to keep the stew simmering on the proverbial burner while The Garden

Island awaited the arrival of a new sports editor.

Some of them work

shoulder-to-shoulder with the Camper, many of them remain unseen to myself and

the readers, but they all play a significant role in contributing to a Sports

page that hopefully, most of you enjoyed during the transition period.

Rita

DeSilva, despite her own heavy workload, was the first to step forward and

offer her services in creating the templates that form the skeleton of the

Sports pages.

She was joined by Brandon Sprague (Best Wishes and lots of

luck on your endeavors in California, Brando, and Shauna!) who, despite his own

heavy schedule, always found the time to create the pages so the deadlines

could be met. And, if you thought it ended there, the unintelligent Camper had

a LOT of questions in trying to make things fit into just one page!

Stories

are only as good as the results coming through the information pipeline, and

there were a LOT of good sources-most recently, Jack Layton and John Love who

have consistently supplied weekly results of the polo matches; Frankie DeCosta

with the senior softball program; Jocelyn Awong of the Kawaihau Little League

who could keep track of all the games, and still get them to the paper in a

form that was reader-friendly.

Karen Matsumoto and her staff at the Kaua`i

Youth Basketball Association and Ricky Rita of the Kaua`i county men’s open

basketball league (we can’t ignore the efforts of their scorekeepers to keep

everything readable) never missed a game.

Larry Moises of PONY Baseball

Hawai`i used e-mail to keep everyone tuned in on the progress of the program

during the playoffs.

Sue Strickland of the East Kaua`i AYSO district kept

everyone in the loop (now, when does the season start?) during the off-season.

Volleyball got their share of play thanks to the efforts of Cyd Arrington,

“Doc” Arrington, and Heather Roberts.

Melisa Itokazu introduced the island

to some of our Olympian visitors.

These community programs cannot succeed

without the support of the county, and Mel Nishihara, Bernard Carvalho, and the

staff of the Parks and Recreation department were always ready (with smiles on)

with information and assistance.

There was a whole semester of Kaua`i

Interscholastic Federation (KIF) sports thanks to Brent Mizutani, the athletic

directors of all three high schools, the coaches and coaching staffs of the KIF

girls’ basketball program, the track-and-field program, and the baseball

program, and more specifically, Kaua`i High School golf coach Winston Ogata for

helping the ignorant Camper learn some of the finer points of golf

scoring.

Keith Amemiya, director of the HHSAA was on hand to help out with

the state high school golf tournaments that were played here.

Summer

brought on a full slate of tournaments thanks to the efforts of the Kaua`i

Junior Olympic Softball program and ‘Coach’ Albert Soto and his staff of

hard-workers.

Lihu`e Baseball Association with Ron Kouchi hosted the

Mustangs’ state tournament!

Mike Koerte and the West Kaua`i Youth Baseball

Association hosted the Carlsbad California/Kaua`i goodwill tournament in

Hanapepe, and Kawaihau hosted the Little League state tournament.

Pat and

Lana Rosa, with her ohana at the Kaua`i Senior Centers Softball Association

just recently wrapped up a successful state tournament (watch for another one

coming up sometime in the Fall).

Then, add the faceless suppliers of

quality information that come in the guise of the HGEA (softball) updates, the

Kaua`i Junior Golf program, and the many periodic martial arts tournaments and

programs.

The realm of electronic media also contributed to the sports

pages thanks to Thomas Yoshida, public information specialist for the Hawai`i

High School Athletic Association (HHSAA), and Kelly Leong, of the University

of Hawai`i at Hilo Sports Information Office.

The stew is almost done (can

you smell it?)…Friday is rapidly aproaching.

But, Friday is just one more

day that brings you readers of The Garden Island Sports pages closer to newer

and more exciting things to come.

Thank you, readers! And, thank you,

supporters!

Welcome, Jason Gallic!

It’s all yours!

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