Side Lines for Saturday — February 25, 2006

• Waimea celebration highlights busy sports weekend

• Jr. Olympics girls softball registration

• Lihu’e Baseball League accepting applications


Waimea celebration highlights busy sports weekend

The annual Waimea Town Celebration culminates on the westside for some food, fun, and great entertainment.

However, it’s the sporting events that really the make the event a special one.

Today’s competitions include the Kilohana Long Distance Canoe Race, the 29th Annual Captain Cook Caper Fun Run, a mountainball tournament, and everyone’s favorite, the Waimea Round-Up Rodeo.

The canoe-paddling race along the Waimea shoreline signals the start of the Garden Island Canoe Racing Association’s season.

The event begins at 8 a.m. for single-person canoes, 9 a.m. for women and 10:30 a.m. for men.

The fun run starts at 7 a.m., with 2-, 5- and 10k races.

The Waimea Canyon Ballpark will play host to the annual mountainball tournament, which continues play today through Sunday.

Then it’s roundup time behind the Old Waimea Dairy.

Today is the grand entry and flag ceremony, along with the recognizing of the Hall of Fame Cowboys, which starts at 12 noon.

But besides the sporting events at the annual westside celebration, there’s also the KIF cheerleading championships, which get underway at 12 noon at the Raiderdome in Lihu’e.

KIF tennis kicks into high gear in Hanalei and Po’ipu, with both matches starting at 12 noon.

Kula tangles with Island at the Hanalei Bay Resort Courts and Waimea battles Kapa’a at the Kiahuna Resort Courts.

KIF preseason baseball continues in Kapa’a at Ron Martin Field, with the Red Raiders and Warriors challenging Lahainaluna.

The Lunas head coach is former Kapa’a resident and coach Gary Gatiuan.

Then at 7 p.m., the Punahou girls finish off their islandwide preseason hoops tour against Waimea.


Jr. Olympics girls softball registration

The Kaua’i Girls Junior Olympics Fastpitch Softball League is currently conducting registration throughout the island.

Age divisions are girls 18-under, 14-under, 12-under and 10-under.

Any interested participants or coaches may contact Mike Koerte at 645-0654 for information on where to sign-up in your area.

Also, there will be an league general membership meeting on Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. at the Lihu’e Neighborhood Center.

All prospective coaches, administrators and those interested in the program are invited to attend.

For more information on the meeting you may also contact Mike Koerte at 645-0654.


Lihu’e Baseball League accepting applications

The Lihu’e Baseball League will be accepting player applications for its 2006 Mustang, Bronco, and PONY seasons.

Application forms can be picked up and completed at the portable building adjacent to the Lihu’e Baseball Field (across from the convention hall).

These forms are also available online at www.lihuebaseball.org.

Registration will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28 and Thurs. March 2, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Also, coaches’ applications are being accepted.

Interested applicants can go to the LBL Web site at www.lihuebaseball.org.

Applications are due on March 2.

For more information, contact Warren Koga at 245-3251 or Wayne Wakumoto at 245-9110.

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