Not too late for NFL Youth Clinic

A few open slots for youngsters wanting to participate in the upcoming National Football League Youth Clinic is still available said officials from the Kaua‘i Economic Development Board.

The NFL has allotted for 350 keiki to participate in the Thursday clinic at Vidinha Stadium from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Football drills and a workshop for cheerleaders is on the agenda.

The clinic is open to boys and girls between 9 and 18, but those who want to be on the field need to complete a liability waiver.

NFL players and cheerleaders in Hawai‘i for the Pro Bowl will lead the clinic, including Jeff Ulbrich of the San Francisco 49ers and a former University of Hawai‘i standout.

Chris Kemoeatu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Maake Kemoeatu of the Carolina Panthers, Vince Manuwai and Nick Sorenson of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Channing Crowder, Cleo Lemon, Darian Barnes and Fred Gibson of the Miami Dolphins, Dunta Robinson of the Houston Texans, Earl Little, formerly with the Green Bay Packers, and Chris Ma‘afala, formerly with the Jacksonville Jaguars, are also scheduled to help with the clinic.

Cheerleaders Alison Leunis of the San Francisco 49ers, Heidi Isaacson of the Seattle Seahawks, Stephanie Hautman of the Miami Dolphins and Tracy Burns of the Oakland Raiders are on tap to help out as well.

The public can watch from the stands. For waiver forms, call 245-6692.

Junior Warriors hold Menehune at bay

WAIMEA — Kapa‘a didn’t fall into the same situation as Kaua‘i when they faced the rejuvenated Waimea JV boys basketball team Friday. Instead, Kapa‘a coach Gary Maguire had the Warriors in the driver’s seat, holding off the Junior Menehune until the final period en route to a 40-35 win.

Malcolm Carter ignited for 4 of his 15 points to lead Waimea in their fourth-quarter surge.

Bransen Agu finished with 8 points, but added a lot of hustle in the paint for rebounds. Xavier Gurao chipped in 7 points to round out the Waimea effort.

Thomas Gausepohl sparked the Warriors’ win with 10 points, followed by Kaleo Cummings and Kekoa Colipano adding 8 points apiece. Cody Abigania rounded out the Kapa‘a scoring leaders with 6.

Waimea gets another shot at the Junior Raiders Tuesday night when the team travels to the Kaua‘i High School gym.

Tipoff is 5 p.m. with the varsity contest tipping off 20 minutes following the completion of the JV game.

UH’s Bolla to take

a leave of absence

HONOLULU — University of Hawai‘i women’s basketball coach Jim Bolla will take a leave of absence while he recovers from an undisclosed medical procedure, the university announced Saturday.

Associate head coach Pat Charity will serve as interim head coach.

“This is something that came up unexpectedly, and on the advice of doctors, I’m choosing to take care of it immediately,” Bolla said. “I have full confidence in Pat and my staff to carry on in my absence.”

Bolla is 38-37 in his third season as Rainbow Wahine coach. Hawai‘i is 9-12 overall and 3-6 in the Western Athletic Conference this season.

Charity has served an assistant since 2004. She was head coach at Western Michigan from 1990-97.

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