Side Lines for Friday — February 17, 2006

• Yates heads to Orioles’ minor league camp

• Anahola’s Strickland kicks up academic honor

• Koloa Kempo Karate promotes three juniors

• Waimea boys soccer waves goodbye

Yates heads to Orioles’ minor league camp

Koloa’s Tyler Yates, who signed a minor league contract with an invitation to major league camp for the Baltimore Orioles, will report instead to the club’s minor league camp in Sarasota, Florida, when pitchers and catchers report there on March 3.

Yates is continuing to rehab following surgery last year to repair a torn rotator cuff.

The deletions to the camp list give the Orioles 64 players on the spring training roster, including 39 players on the 40-man roster and 25 non-roster invitees.

Anahola’s Strickland kicks up academic honor

San Diego St. women’s soccer standout Mariko Strickland, who hails from Anahola, was one of 10 Aztec women’s soccer players to be honored on the Mountain West Conference’s all-academic team.

The kinesiology major earned the distinction thanks to her high 4.0 grade-point average.

To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least one academic term at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better and be a starter or significant contributor to their team.

Koloa Kempo Karate promotes three juniors

Local black belt instructor Cary Brucio recently advanced three juniors to upper belt levels.

Brucio has been training islanders in Koloa for 25 years. The three promoted are each eight years old: Kolby Castibo, Micah Bukoski, both of Lawa’i, and Saecha Oyamot from Hanapepe.

Because all classes have been an open visitor policy, relatives and friends looked on as spectators.

During interviews, parents remarked that the difficult physical karate training is helping their children in academic achievement because of the concentration karate requires.

In addition, one child lost weight, another (Saecha) had acquired increased balance and grace, and the third developed an increased attention span.

Formerly known as Kajukembo Karate, the newly named Kempo Karate includes new and improved techniques developed by Chief Hosaka of Kekaha and Lucky Ventar of Lihu’e. Offered in Lihu’e, Koloa, and Kekaha, classes are ongoing. For more information, call 332-5417.

Waimea boys soccer waves goodbye

Leilehua eliminated the Menehune boys soccer squad, yesterday in a consolation match (4-0) of the HHSAA/Meadow Gold Dairies State Boys Soccer Championships. The two-time defending KIF champions ended their season with a record of 4-4-2.


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