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Saturday, June 3, 2000

R A I N B O W _ B A S E B A L L


Molokai pitcher to
play for Rainbows

By Al Chase
and Dave Reardon


Ikaika Faraon, who pitched Molokai High School to its second-consecutive state championship last month despite recovering from a knee injury, has accepted a scholarship to play for the University of Hawaii.

Faraon won three games in relief for the Farmers. In 13 innings, he allowed 12 hits and three earned runs while striking out 13 and walking five.

"They're getting a good one," Molokai assistant coach Pat Nakayama said. "He's got a lot of quiet confidence, and he showed he's a prime-time performer in the state tournament."

Faraon (5-feet-11, 170 pounds) was a first-team Maui Interscholastic League selection as a junior. He missed most of his senior season due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury of his right knee. He suffered the injury in Molokai's final basketball game of the season on Feb. 4.

"I don't know how it happened. There was nobody around me. I just came down the wrong way," Faraon said. "I wasn't sure anyone was scouting me (this year). But I guess with my knee fully recovered they think I could be even better."

He is scheduled for surgery next Friday and is expected to be ready to play in four months.

"Ever since I was in the ninth grade, I've wanted to play for the Rainbows," said Faraon, who will be the first Rainbow baseball player from the Molokai program. "I've watched them on TV and I've wanted to be a part of that. "

He also played volleyball for the Farmers.

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