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• Eagles coming to Kapa‘a
• Maui native drives in championship run
Eagles coming to Kapa‘a
KAPA‘A — Kapa‘a Pop Warner football fans will be seeing green when the Kapa‘a Pop Warner Association program when tackle football season starts up later this fall.
Kapa‘a, formerly known as the Steelers, Vikings, and Junior Warriors for their different divisions, will now be umbrellaed under a single Kapa‘a Eagles format similar to that adopted by the Lihu‘e Patriots several years ago.
This move will involve new colors — forest green, silver, white, and black, replacing the former green-and-orange scheme.
Cindy Shigematsu, one of the association leaders, said the association is planning to get new uniforms with the new colors as well as matching helmets for their teams.
Returning players have already begun the massive fund-raising effort with veteran cheer squad members already canvassing the community, and on Tuesday, Sean-Michael Shigematsu was at the Kapa‘a practice field distributing more fund-raising materials that “came straight from the barge.”
Applications for all divisions — Junior PeeWee, PeeWee, and Midgets, are still being accepted for both football players as well as cheer squad members.They are available at Pono Market.
Shigematsu also announced a general meeting which will be held on July 8 at the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center starting at 7 p.m.
Plans for fundraising for new equipment as well as overall plans for the Fall tackle football season will be outlined, and everyone is encouraged to attend.
For more information, people may call Shigematsu at 822-3356.
Maui native drives in championship run
After struggling at the start of the season, Cal State Fullerton ended it in style.
Jason Windsor pitched a five-hitter, Maui’s Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single capped off a three-run seventh inning and Cal State Fullerton won the national championship with a 3-2 victory over Texas in the College World Series on Sunday.
The Titans (47-22) won the best-of-three championship series 2-0 — a surprising end to a season that Fullerton started 15-16. The 22 losses are the most by a national champion since Stanford had 23 in 1988.
The Longhorns, the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, finished 58-15.
Windsor (13-4) was strong in throwing his second complete game of the CWS. He struck out 10 and walked one.
In 21 innings, Windsor gave up 11 hits and two runs, struck out 29 and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Suzuki, a former Baldwin High School standout from Wailuku, lined a two-out single into left field, scoring Ronnie Prettyman from second for the winning run. Suzuki had been 2-for-20 in the College World Series before his big hit.
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