Tuesday, April 10, 2001
Tabions hardShannon Tabion's work in the pitcher's circle helped Baldwin win its first state softball championship in February.
work pays off
The Baldwin pitcher is the
Player of the Year on the
By Tim Crouse
Her dominance in 15 regular and postseason games has also earned her the Star-Bulletin Softball Player of the Year award.
The Star-Bulletin selected its all-stars after consultation with coaches from around the state.
The senior pitcher went 12-0 in the Maui Interscholastic League, and then pitched all 22 innings of the Bears' three wins in the state tournament.
"She's got the complete package," Iolani coach Chris Shimabukuro said. "She has velocity and a lot of ball movement, on her riser and her drop. She locates pitches well and she's mentally tough. She doesn't give in even when she falls behind (in the count)."
Tabion's performance in the state tournament cemented her spot as the state's premier pitcher.
On three consecutive nights, Tabion downed the Oahu Interscholastic Association's second-place team (Pearl City) and the top two teams in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (Iolani and Kamehameha). In those 22 scoreless innings, she struck out 35.
"It's always fun to catch her because she hits all her spots when they need to be hit," Bears catcher Ashlyn Russell said. "Her pitching gives (us) confidence."
Russell joins Tabion on the first team, along with Baldwin shortstop Kaleo Eldredge. Bears coach Ryan Souza, who took the head coaching reins from his father, Rudy, is the Coach of the Year.
Eldredge, a senior, was a first-team All-State selection last year and is headed to the University of California in the fall on a softball scholarship.
"She's an oustanding, motivated softball player," Hilo coach Walter Carvalho said. "Every coach can only wish for someone like her."
Said Shimabukuro: "Kaleo is the ultimate competitor. She would do whatever it took for her team to win. She's very smart, athletic, gutsy, and she has the tools."
Russell, also a senior, handled all the heat Tabion threw at her.
"We could not have won a championship without her," Souza said. "She was always very talented, always an All-State type of player, in my mind."
Iolani, which had its run of consecutive state crowns stopped at two by Baldwin in the semifinals, has four players on the first team, including pitcher and slugger Ianeta Lei. She was phenomonal on the mound -- pitching a no-hitter against Baldwin in the state tournament -- and at the plate -- hitting .400, with 20 RBIs.
First baseman Taryn Nagata, infielder Noelle Izumi and outfielder Stacey Higa also made the first team for Iolani.
Kamehameha, which lost to Baldwin, 1-0, in the title game, has three players on the first team, led by ace pitcher Leo Sing Chow.
Slugging outfielder Talia Ruth and designated hitter Brandi Peiler join her.
Outfielder Britney Shimamoto and infielder Tiari Keliinoi, both of Mililani, and utility player Shelly Featheran round out the first team.
Featheran of Kailua was the Surfriders' top pitcher during the regular season. She also played center field.
Two members of the All-State first team -- Tabion and Izumi -- made verbal commitments last week to accept softball scholarships at the University of Hawaii.
2001 All-State Softball Team
Player of the Year -- Shannon Tabion, Baldwin
Coach of the Year -- Ryan Souza, Baldwin
FIRST TEAMP -- Shannon Tabion, Baldwin
P -- Leo Sing Chow, Kamehameha
P -- Ianeta Lei, Iolani
1B -- Taryn Nagata, Iolani
IF -- Kaleo Eldredge, Baldwin
IF -- Tiari Keliinoi, Mililani
IF -- Noelle Izumi, Iolani
OF -- Talia Ruth, Kamehameha
OF -- Stacey Higa, Iolani
OF -- Britney Shimamoto, Mililani
DH -- Brandi Peiler, Kamehameha
U -- Shelly Featheran, Kailua
SECOND TEAMP -- Loihi McKeague, Pearl City
P -- Miki Asamura, Mililani
C -- Tricia Sakamoto, Iolani
1B -- Josanda Napeahi, Hilo
IF -- Ashley Ruff, Kamehameha
IF -- Jana Pintz, Kailua
IF -- Cheryl Villarmia, Pearl City
IF -- Loke Lastimosa, Kailua
OF -- Alena Matsua, Baldwin
OF -- Amy Taniguchi, Iolani
OF -- Rachael Hussey, Kaimuki
U -- Sharee Fonoti, Kamehameha
HONORABLE MENTIONBaldwin: Zoie Sevilla. Hilo: Haunani Haasenritter, Cassie Kahana. Castle: Lia Pedrina. Hawaii Baptist/St. Andrew's/St. Francis: Jerrie Obrero. Kailua: Kanani Piimauna, Danielle Young, Steph Gould. Kaimuki: Jamie Reyes, Tyleen Tausaga. Lahainaluna: Shyra Smith. Kamehameha: Chelsey Ruth, Courtney Cho, Lauren Hiramoto. Mililani: Anuhea Diamond, Karyna Wilkerson, Jenna Rowland. Punahou: Kira Kashiwa, Lindsey Fujita, Natalie Fujimoto. Sacred Hearts: Amber Juan. Waiakea: Myra Amisone
Note: All-star teams were selected by respective leagues.
Player of the year -- Jaime Reyes, Kaimuki
OIA East All-Stars
Coach of the year -- Lene Tausaga, Kaimuki
First teamCatcher: Cassie Chun-Ming, Kaiser. First base: Marci Uyehara, Moanalua. Second base: Kanani Piimauna, Kailua. Third base: Latoya Lastimosa, Kailua. Shortstop: Ashlie Dutro, Roosevelt. Outfielders: Robin Okawa, Kalani; Kassie Young, Castle; Justina Yanuaria, Roosevelt. Utility: Tyleen Tausaga, Kaimuki. Pitchers: Jamie Reyes, Kaimuki; Kelly Tanabe, Roosevelt.
Second teamCatcher: Tahra Hussey, Kaimuki. First base: Shyla Silva, Castle. Second base: Jamie Mukai, Roosevelt. Third base: Hahn Le, Roosevelt. Shortstop: Jana Pintz, Kailua. Outfielders: Keala Horner, Castle; Neolina Lakalaka, Kaimuki; Cheri Difiesta, Castle. Utility: Katie Uechi, McKinley. Pitchers: Shelley Featheran, Kailua; Lehuanani Moefu, Kaimuki.
Honorable mentionCastle: Anu Young, Lia Perdrina, Jaylene Berinobis, Puna Waiolama, Kalena Souza, Nalani Waa, Hollie Young. Farrington: Jennifer Hamson, Cherlyn Ligot, Meleane Mateaki, Revelyn Cabaya, Leilani Faavesi, Xania Cadoy, Billie Morn, Shamra Ortiz. Kahuku: Tanya Alo, J.R. Heffernan, Thamasiha Aalona, Kawehi Hookano, Sylvannah Sabido, Sasha Alo, Shawna Kanoa, Brandi Nihipali, Julevon Kauwauha. Kailua: Kainoa Hughes, Stephanie Gould, Danielle Young, Kauwila Kane. Kaimuki: Sheena Aso'au, Mele Matealona, Noelani Tamanaha, Sarah Hussey, Rachael Hussey. Kaiser: Mahi Kahalewai, Tiara Wong, Brooke Masutani, Mary-Ann Tualau, Samantha Saffery, Eri Ovra, Shera Yamamoto, Brittany Nahooikaika. Kalaheo: Jaimie Napihaa, Tiki Eguchi, Randyane Kau, Sheelana Pestano, Karmen Kanno, Jadine Lau, Meghan Watson, Krystal Montgomery, Cynthia Sepulueda, Kapu Chung, Kanoe Perry, Pua Kalua. Kalani: Ka'ala Chung, Ashlee DeGuzman, Calaine Horiuchi, Nicole Woitovitch, Jaime Furutani. McKinley: Tatiana Huckso, Nicole Figueroa, Shannon Dominguez. Moanalua: Crystal James, Chaz Ebalaroza, Jasmine Shigematsu, Marion Young, Mika Tanji, Camille Peraro, Alicia Pada, Marisa Tamura.
Player of the Year -- Loihi McKeague, Pearl City
OIA West All-Stars
Coach of the Year -- Mike Okimoto, Mililani
First teamCatcher: Anuhea Diamond, Mililani. First base: Adrienne Kasaoka, Mililani. Second base: Karyna Wilkerson, Mililani. Third base: Asheila Acosta, Waianae. Shortstop: Tiari Keliinoi, Mililani. Outfielders: B.J. Shimamoto, Mililani; Mishan Suiso, Waianae; Marla Cheek, Pearl City. Utility: Jasmine Choy, Waianae. Pitchers: Loihi McKeague, Pearl City; Miki Asamura, Mililani.
Second teamCatcher: Shaylla Moses, Waianae. First base: Sherris Richards, Leilehua. Second base: Amber Pagatpatan, Pearl City; Ashley Abalos, Leilehua. Third base: Alisa Celine-Akana, Pearl City. Shortstop: Cheryl Villarmia, Pearl City. Outfielders: Collette Guerrero, Leilehua; Jenna Rowland, Mililani; Shalayna Nutter-Gaudet, Leilehua. Utility: Tracy Kane, Waianae; Maile Christian, Leilehua. Pitchers: Tracy Kane, Waianae; Jenna Sylva, Campbell.
Honorable mentionAiea: Kelsey Tachihata, Tracie Koide, Heather Debina, Gloria Matsushita. Campbell: Jessica Sylva, Jalen Garcia, Ashley Streadbeck. Leilehua: Charlotte Garcia, Alexis San Nicolas, Shannon Guerrero, Heidi Garcia, Pikake Nutter-Gaudet, Jena Dunges. Mililani: Lauren Kim, Johnna Rowland. Pearl City: Ashley Pagatpatan, Kellie Nishikido, Kim Zane, Marissa Kobayashi. Waianae: Jonette Victorino, Marissa Davidson, Hokulana Hamili, Sheena Kipu.
Player of the year -- Ianeta Lei, Jr., 11-2 record, 0.74 ERA, .400 BA, Iolani.
Coach of the year -- Chris Shimabukuro, Iolani.
First teamCatcher: Natalie Fujimoto, Jr., .392, Punahou. First base: Taryn Nagata, Sr., .302, Iolani. Second base: Skylar Tokumine, Sr., .347, University High. Third base: Lindsay Fujita, So., .340, Punahou. Shortstop: Noelle Izumi, Sr., .306, Iolani. Outfielders: Stacey Higa, Jr., .306, Iolani; Talia Ruth, Jr., .488, Kamehameha; Amy Taniguchi, Sr., .275, Iolani. Pitchers: Kira Kashiwa, Sr., 8-3, Punahou; Erin Sing Chow, Jr., 10-3, Kamehameha. Utility: Amber Juan, Jr., .422, Sacred Hearts. Designated hitter: Brandi Peiler, Fr., .323, Kamehameha.
Second teamCatcher: Tricia Sakamoto, Fr., .294, Iolani. First base: Lauren Hiramoto, Sr., .449, Punahou. Second base: Courtney Cho, Sr., .367, Kamehameha. Third base: Puaolena Reis, Sr., .316, Sacred Hearts. Shortstop: Ashley Ruff, Jr., .244, Kamehameha. Outfielders: Beth Asano, Sr., .256, Punahou; Kimi Daniel, So., .375, Sacred Hearts; Tara Hiramatsu, Jr., .300, University High. Pitchers: Jerrie Obrero, Sr., unavailable, Hawaii Baptist/St. Andrew's; Kehaulani Yamaguchi, Jr., 6-3, University High. Utility: Regina Cummings, Jr., .435, Kamehameha. Designated hitter: Tara Yanagihashi, Fr., .286, Iolani.
Honorable mentionHawaii Baptist/St. Andrew's/St. Francis: Carolyn Fisher, Jamie Makiya, Jaime Shibata, Rachel Yoshizu. Iolani: Sheryl Fukuda, Maile Sylva, Jocelyn Tamayo. Kamehameha: Tricia Arneson, Sharee Fonoti, Napua Naumu, Chelsey Ruth, Sarah Wong. La Pietra: Claire Haranda, Cami Iwata, Kristin Lim, Jessica Miller, Ann Waid. Mid-Pacific: Kim Hee, Rosella Leonhardt, Laurie Morihara. Punahou: Ramona Char, Tina Hamayasu, Erika Miyahira, Cherisse Sakumoto. Sacred Hearts: Nicole Cazinha, Penny Chock, Ashley McShane, Joy Sakaguchi, Justina Welch. University High: Holly Wakazuru, Mandy Yoshizu.
Player of the year -- Albette Nawai, Waimea.
Coach of the year -- Pat Baniaga, Waimea.
First teamPitcher: A. Nawai, Jr., Waimea. Catcher: Destinie Keamoai, Jr., Waimea. First base: Erin Castillo, Jr., Waimea. Second base: Tiana Laranio, Jr., Kapaa. Third base: Shenlle DePeralta, Jr., Waimea. Shortstop: Shayna Carvalho, Sr., Kapaa. Outfielders: Jacklyn Alapai, Fr., Kapaa; Brittan Amii, Sr., Kauai; Robyn Hoopii-Manuel, Sr., Waimea. Utility: Cecilia Quibilan, Sr., Kauai.
Position player of the year -- Kaleo Eldredge, Baldwin
Pitcher of the year -- Shannon Tabion, Baldwin
First team --Pitcher: Shannon Tabion, Sr., Baldwin. Catcher: Ashlyn Russell, Jr., Baldwin. First base: Shannon Kick, Sr., Lahainaluna. Second base: Kyla Siangco, So., Baldwin. Third base: Sabrina Mindoro, So., Baldwin. Shortstop: Kaleo Eldredge, Sr., Baldwin. Outfield: Zoie Sevilla, Jr., Baldwin; Alena Matsui, Sr., Baldwin; Chelsie Narito, Jr., Maui. Utility/Designated hitter: Tiara Costa, Jr., King Kekaulike.
Second teamPitcher: Chantel Ah Nee, Jr., King Kekaulike. Catcher: Kami Karimoto, Sr., King Kekaulike. First base: Malani Rawlins, Sr., Molokai. Second base: Hoku Pali, Sr., Lahainaluna. Third base: Jana Medeiros, Jr., Maui. Shortstop: Mari Finn, Sr., Lahainaluna. Outfield: Brandy Costa, Jr., King Kekaulike; Krystie Paet, So., King Kekaulike; Kelli Gima, Jr., Lanai. Utility/designated hitter: Nicole Baraoidan, Jr., Lahainaluna.
Honorable mentionBaldwin: Chevy Wong, Angela Rose. Hana: Kapeko Oliveira. King Kekaulike: Chanel Kauai, Chenel Ah Nee, Rene Eharies. Lahainaluna: Shyra Smith, Tiara Kukahiko, Micah Ailetcher. Lanai: Evigail Guillermo. Maui: Natalie Lansman, Bobbie Jean Jardine, Liana Okazaki, Sophia Guzman, Kanani Ventura. Molokai: Amanda Schonely, Cody Alcon, Kehua Low.
Player of the year -- Cassie Kahana, Hilo
Coach of the year -- Dee Dee Pahio, Honokaa
First teamPitcher: Cassie Kahana, Jr., Hilo. Catcher: Kristen Beaudet, Sr., Kealakehe; Diana Nakoa, Jr., Hilo. First base: Josanda Napeahi, Sr., Hilo. Second base: Leiala Hoopii, Sr., Waiakea; Third base: Nohelani Keohuhu, Sr., Pahoa. Shortstop: Haunani Hassenritter, So., Hilo. Outfield: Hoku Kaimiola, Jr., Kealakehe; Celeste Paglinawan, Sr., Hilo; Kealohi Hanohano, Jr., Hilo. Utility: Puanani Kaimiola, Sr., Kealakehe.
Second teamPitcher: Leandra Muranaka, Jr., Honokaa; Myra Amisone, Jr., Waiakea. Catcher: Jolene Hinds, Sr., Honokaa; Jenna Yanagi, Fr., Waiakea. First base: Chelsy Rodriques, Sr., Kealakehe. Second base: Tiffany Ferreira, Jr. Kealakehe. Third base: Allison Agliam, Jr., Waiakea. Shortstop: Dawn Shiroma, Jr., Waiakea. Outfield: Lee Ann Hoke, Sr., Waiakea; Kristine Irvine, Jr., Waiakea; Dee Jay Alpiche-Jenkins, Sr., Honokaa. Utility: Natasha Kahana, So., Hilo.
Honorable mentionWaiakea: Courtney Lee, Chelsea Rice. Keaau: Leimomi Tripp. Honokaa: Kami Shigematsu, Saphyre Aldridge, Jolene Hinds. Hilo: Alisha Mihara, Ramzi Kuamoo. Kealakehe: Kahauni Kahananui, Alana Power, Stephine Cabilin, Elaine Cagampang. Pahoa: Sara Steele.
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