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Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Wednesday, July 12, 2000

Ka‘aihue resigns

Kala Ka'aihue has resigned as the varsity baseball coach at Punahou after two seasons, Buffanblu athletic director Tom Holden said yesterday.

Holden said a new coach has not been chosen.

Punahou went 16-19 in the tough Interscholastic League of Honolulu with Ka'aihue as coach.

The Buffanblu appeared to have turned the corner late this past season and finished 11-7 in 2000.

"He did a tremendous job. He was a real players' coach, and the boys were starting to gel," Holden said. "I don't want to speak for him, but I think he had a change in his job (as a stevedore) that required a shift in his hours."

Ka'aihue was out of town yesterday and could not be reached for comment.

There was some speculation that Ka'aihue wants more time to spend coaching his own sons, Kila and Kala, who both attend Iolani.

Ka'aihue, a 1968 Punahou graduate, played minor league baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals organizations.

He also played for the Triple-A Hawaii Islanders in 1975 and 1976.

Ka'aihue has also coached at Hawaii Pacific, Chaminade and Kamehameha.

He succeeded Pal Eldredge as the Punahou coach in 1998.

All-American wrestlers

Stephanie Bolton of Radford and Katrina Winget of Moanalua have been recognized as All-Americans by the United States Girls Wrestling Association.

Bolton has accepted a wrestling scholarship at Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky.

Winget, who does not plan on wrestling in college, will attend the University of Hawaii.

A Crimson Rose

Neil Rose, a 1997 University High graduate and former Pac-Five standout, tops the depth chart at quarterback for Harvard going into fall practice.

Rose, a 6-foot-2, 205 pound junior, missed all of 1999 with a broken right foot.

He threw six passes in 1998, completing two for 26 yards.

Ace for Big John

Mililani athletic director John Kauinana scored his second hole-in-one, June 28 in Sparks, Nevada. He aced the 145-yard, No. 17-hole at the Red Hawk Golf Course with a 7-iron.

Kauinana's previous ace was back in 1976, at the No. 3 hole at Ala Wai.

He'll have time to try for many more soon. Kauinana is retiring after one more year with the Trojans.

Na Kolohe to Reno

Members of the PAL Summer Bash softball champion Na Kolohe play this weekend in a regional tournament in Reno, Nev.

The 18-under team includes several prep standouts.

The players are: Shamra Ortiz (Farrington senior), Sherlyn Ligot (Farrington junior), Ashlie Dutro (Roosevelt junior), Crissy Moefu (Kaimuki junior), Amber Juan (Sacred Hearts junior), Kimi Daniel and Temehani Cummings (Sacred Hearts sophomores) and Trina LaRosa (Sacred Hearts freshman).

Chang, Ah King honored

Punahou distance runner Victoria Chang and Kamehameha hurdler Travis Ah King are this year's Gatorade Hawaii High School Track and Field Athletes of the Year.

Both athletes led their teams to state championships this past spring.

By Dave Reardon, Star-Bulletin

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