Al Chase Just For Kicks

Al Chase

Sunday, October 26, 2003

Hawaii’s former
players still kicking

The Hawaii Rainbow Wahine hosted the Alumnae at the campus field yesterday in the annual, most laid-back varsity soccer match of the season.

After a week of grueling practices preparing for tomorrow's match against Brigham Young and the upcoming Western Athletic Conference tournament, the Wahine had a breather.

Many of the former Wahine players still compete at the club level and a couple are coaching. Here is what some of UH's standouts from the past are doing now:

Camille Kalama (1998-2000) is in her second year of law school at UH with graduation set for spring 2005. She coached the Kamehameha intermediate girls team this fall and plays in the coed league.

Amanda Paterson (1996-98) is a graduate assistant in the UH athletic department's compliance office and will earn her masters degree in educational administration in May. She plays for Leahi in the Women's Island Soccer Association.

Carmel Hurley (1997, 1999-2001), who also plays for Leahi, just started work on a masters in school counseling at UH.

Jennifer Churchill (2001-02) gets her undergraduate degree in May and hopes to continue in medical school. She plays for WISA's He Kini Popo and in the coed league.

Valerie Marciel (1996-98), a Hawaiian Airlines flight attendant, is temporarily furloughed.

Nicki Arakawa (1994-96), after teaching math at Pearl City High School for several years, has joined her brother Ken in running the family business, 50th State Seafood Co. She also plays for Leahi.

Noelle Takemoto (1999-2002) continues to work on her degree in Hawaiian Studies and will graduate next spring. She coached the Punahou girls intermediate team this fall and plays for Leahi.

Wanette Miyashiro (1999-2002), who plays for He Kini Popo and in the coed league with Vaiete, will graduate in December with a degree in Health and Physical Education.

Leila Wai (1997-2000) has just been promoted to a full-time reporter with another Honolulu newspaper.

Two goals each by Natasha Kai and Tasha Hagan and one by Kalena Eaton gave the varsity a 5-0 win.

Around the nation

Senior Leisha Makinano was named the Western Athletic Conference offensive player of the week. The Iolani graduate scored twice for Nevada including the game winner in the Wolf Pack's first league victory, a 2-1 win over Tulsa.

The Pacific Boxers are getting excellent offensive production from Hawaii's contribution to the program. Moani Lau, a senior striker from Kamehameha, is tied for the points (15) lead for the 8-7 women's team with seven goals and one assist. Bobby Shinn, a junior striker from Pearl City, tops the 6-7 men's team with six goals and four assists.

Duke Hashimoto strained a knee in a match against Evansville Oct. 3. The sophomore striker from Iolani missed four matches but returned to action for Southern Methodist on Friday when the Mustangs beat Vanderbilt 2-1 in overtime.

Romy Trigg-Smith is not playing midfield for Princeton. She moved to the back line this year. The Punahou graduate now plays a central defender position when the Tigers employ four backs and is the sweeper when they use three.

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

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