• Koloa’s Rodrigues slated to start for UH
• Koloa Pop Warner looking for coaches
• NYC first race, Feb. 4
Koloa’s Rodrigues slated to start for UH
From Chad Konishi to Mark Rodrigues. From Lihu’e to Koloa, the two Kaua’i men are now together sharing the common Garden Isle bond on the University of Hawai’i baseball team.
Born at Wilcox Hospital in Lihu’e, Konishi enters his fourth season as the Rainbow pitching coach and recruiting coordinator.
Meanwhile, Rodrigues, who grew up in Koloa, is considered by Konishi as a potential starter.
“There’s a good chance he’s going to be in the rotation. We expect big things from him. We think he’s going to be a weekend guy,” Konishi said.
But it wasn’t all fruits and flowers for the junior lefty, who sat out the 2004 season with a detached ligament in his throwing arm.
Rodrigues also earned a medical redshirt last season, after going through surgery and rehabbing.
“He’s rehabbed really well. He put in the work,” Konishi said.
According to Konishi, Rodrigues pitches between the mid-80s to lower-90s.
“He’s an easy going kid that loves to be around the game. I think this is going to be a special year for him,” Konishi said.
Rodrigues was a 2001 graduate of Kaua’i High School, where he earned all-state honors in volleyball and baseball.
After high school, Rodrigues played two years at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. and was drafted in the 29th round of the 2001 MLB draft. He was also taken in the 37th round of the 2002 MLB draft.
He plans to major in sociology and has one brother, Michael (’98, Kaua’i), who is now a civil engineer in Las Vegas.
His parents are Caridad and Julio Rodrigues of Koloa.
Koloa Pop Warner looking for coaches
The Koloa Pop Warner Association is currently accepting applications for coaches for their 2006-07 season.
Applications are available for both football and cheer season, and must be submitted by Feb. 3.
For more information, or application forms, people can contact Garet Teharo, Koloa Pop Warner President, at 652-7050.
NYC first race, Feb. 4
The Nawiliwili Yacht Club will open its 2006 season with a race on Feb. 4.
First flag will fly at 1 p.m., and the public is invited to view the race from the harbor jetty, or join in the lawn games at the NYC clubhouse.
An after-race party will follow, and people are invited to bring a potluck dish to share, and grill food for the coals.
NYC hot dogs and beverages will be available for a small donation.
For more information, call Rear Commodore Dick Olsen at 822-5092, or visit the Web site at www.nawiliwiliyachtclub.org.