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Sports Briefs for Saturday, April 22, 2006

• Ebinger nails first-ever hole-in-one

• West Kaua’i AYSO registration

• Slater wins again; Irons ousted in quarterfinals

Anahola’s Kiele Golf Hughes Ebinger finally carded his first hole-in-one on Thursday at the eighth hole (149 yards) of the Kaua’i Lagoons Course.

Ebinger used a 7-iron and received high praises from the likes of Russell Grady, Vernon Basuel, and Pat Rapozo.

West Kaua’i AYSO registration

AYSO Region 940 for West Kaua’i (Kekaha, Waimea, Hanapepe, ‘Ele’ele, Kalaheo, Lawa’i, Koloa, Lihu’e) for youths who range in age from 4.5 to 19 years, is currently going through its registration process.

Check out www.AYSOkauai.org for age charts and dates. The fall season begins Aug. 19 and runs through Oct. 28.

Pre-register at www.AYSOkauai.org and then register at Kuku’i Grove Center on Friday, May 5, from 5-8 p.m. and on May 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Fee is $50).

Registration will also take place on June 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kuku’i Grove Center (Fee is $60).

After July 28, interested players will be placed on a waitlist and no new teams will be formed.

Please bring an original birth certificate for proof of player’s age (new players), emergency contact information, doctor and medical insurance information and a method of payment.

Checks may be made payable to AYSO Region 940. Special pricing is available for U16/U19 players and ask about the multi-family discount.

Keep checking the website at www.AYSOkauai.org for the latest information.

For more information on registration, go to www.AYSOKauai.org, email registration at registration@AYSOKauai.org, or leave a phone message at 742-AYSO.

Slater wins again; Irons ousted in quarterfinals

Florida’s Kelly Slater claimed his record-tying 33rd Foster’s Association of Professional Surfers event on Thursday, with a win over Australia’s Joel Parkinson at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach, Australia.

Hanalei’s Andy Irons fell in the quarterfinals to Australia’s Mark Occhilupo.

Irons dropped to fifth place in the world standings.

Younger brother Bruce, who was ousted in the early rounds, moved down to the 14th spot.

Roy Powers, who also went down early, sits in the 31st spot in the globe.

Slater holds a commanding first place lead after two events.

The third contest of the season heads to Teahupoo, Tahiti on May 4-16.

Kaua’i’s Keala Kennelly and Rochelle Ballard battle the world in the Roxy Pro, going on today through April 29 in Fiji.

Ballard and Kennelly are the only Kaua’i surfers on the tour.

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