Just For Kicks
Al Chase

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Hawaii sends 178 to
region camps

HAWAII Olympic Development Program players made a solid showing at the two Region IV camps on the mainland this summer.

Seven boys were selected to Region IV player pools after a week of training on the Linfield College campus in McMinnville, Ore. Six girls were picked for the player pools at the camp on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, Idaho.

Daniel Phelps is in the boys Under-17 pool, Zane Dydasco, Ariel Osorio and Keoki Haole are in the U-16 pool, Chance Bukoski and Cody Felipe made the U-15 pool and Jared Domingo is in the U-14 pool.

Haole, Osorio, Bukoski and Felipe are in for the second consecutive year.

Chaney Lopez, a repeater, and Erin Rementer are in the girls U-15 pool. Kirsten Adams, Kaitlynn Holt, Meleana Shim and Lauren Wong made the U-14 pool.

In addition, Adams, Holt and Shim were selected to attend the U-14 National Team Camp in Concord, Mass., this past week.

The 13 players increased Hawaii's representation in the player pools by three over a year ago.

"I thought we did pretty good up there for a small state association," said Herb Schreiner who, along with his wife Michelle, are the state ODP administrators.

The process of picking the state's top youth players begins late in the summer with tryouts on each island. The best players then attend a camp during spring vacation and are evaluated by a number of college coaches who recommend those players deserving of an invitation to the mainland camps.

Of the 137 boys with an invitation this year, 103 went to Oregon. Of the 123 girls picked, 75 went to Idaho.

The Oahu tryouts for next year will be held Sept. 4-5. To obtain more information, call Schreiner at 381-3674, go to www.hawaiisoccer.com or send an e-mail to hawaiiodp@yahoo.com.

ALLISON LIPSHER received medical clearance to participate in Duke's practice sessions Aug. 9, signaling recovery from surgery on her left knee Jan. 27 when three donor ligaments were implanted.

The sophomore goalkeeper, who won the Blue Devils starting job as a freshman a year ago, was injured in the Nomads Tournament last November while competing for the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club.

According to her father, Julian, the surgery to repair damage to the posterior and medial collateral ligaments lasted 5 1/2 hours and was performed at the Duke University Medical Center.

Lipsher, a Punahou graduate, now has to battle three other goalkeepers to retain her starting berth.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Honolulu Bulls Under-17 girls team that won the U.S. Soccer Club national championship earlier this month.

Players who competed in the regional qualifier and the national tournament were Lucy Caires, Kelsi Chan, Katrina Chong, CiAnna Chun-Ming, Caycie Gusman, Allison Haines, Jaymie Honold, Ashley Kanada, Lauren Kanada, Sophie Merrifield, Marisa Schoen, Brina Tamayori, Caroline Tamayose, Carly Wachi, Alana Wall, Lindsey Watanabe, Jordan Weeks, Jenna Wong, Kiani Wong, and Marie Yempuku.

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