Side Lines

• Lum-Tucker makes cut for Honolulu Futures

made the qualifying finals of the USTA’s Honolulu Futures by getting past Theron Cole, 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-4 Monday.

En route to qualifying, the unseeded Lum-Tucker got past 16th seed Aaron Deleon 6-3, 6-1.

Top seed Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada eliminated University of Hawai‘i senior Chad Faulk, 6-0, 6-0.

UH sophomore Sascha Heinemann received an automatic entry to the main draw after winning a wild-card tournament earlier in the year. He faces Dennis Lajola, younger brother of UH senior Derrick Lajola today in the first round of the Honolulu Futures Main Draw.

• Gonzales to play softball for UH in 2008

University of Hawai‘i head coach for the Rainbow Wahine softball program announced the signing of Melissa Gonzales for the 2008 season.

Gonzales, a 5-7 pitcher and outfielder, is a senior at Valley View High School in Moreno Valley, Calif.

As a right-handed pitcher, Gonzales commands her repertoire of pitches which include a fast, rise, drop curve, and change up, states a press release from the University of Hawai‘i. She has a strong prescense on the mound and has the ability to mix her speed well.

Gonzales also serves as her team’s clean-up batter and plays solidly in the outfield. As a hitter, she can hit for power and contact with the ability to hit to all fields.

A first team all-conference player for three consecutive years as a pitcher, Gonzales earned MVP honors for her Valley View team in 2005. Last season, she was also named to the Valley View All-Tournament team.

• A free workshop in street, hip hop and b-boy and b-girl dance will be offered Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The program is being offered through the cooperation of the mayor’s office and Sassy and G Magazine. It will be held at the Hilton Kaua‘i Beach Resort.

The Hyper Squad Dance Co. will be leading the program.

“We are proud to be able to bring this premiere dance company to the forefront for our island teens,” said Roy Nishida, the county’s anti-drug coordinator. “Sassy and G Magazine works diligently to provide positive alternatives for Hawai‘i’s youth. We are pleased to be able to continuously partner with them in this capacity.”

Founded in 1998, the Hyper Squad Dance Company was started with only three students and now includes more than 300 students ranging in age from 3 to 35 years old.

The dance troupe has performed at numerous Sassy and G Magazine events on Kaua‘i, and the strong interest and following for both Hyper Squad as well as hip-hop and street dancing encouraged the mayor’s office and Sassy and G Magazine to provide this opportunity for Kaua‘i’s youth.

Some of Hyper Squad Dance Company’s accolades include opening for Christina Aguilera, Destiny’s Child, 3T, 3PM, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Blaque. Additionally, the group has performed and choreographed internationally in Japan and Korea.

Sassy and G Magazine is a bi-monthly, free publication whose mission is to serve as the voice for Hawai‘i’s pre-teen and teenage market.

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