Al Chase Just For Kicks

Al Chase

Kealakehe alum
flying high for Pilots

Lisa Franke rewrote one category in the Bethel (Mishawaka, Ind.) College record book this year and should claim several other marks before her Pilots soccer career ends.

A freshman striker from Kealakehe High School on the Big Island, Franke shattered the previous single-season school record for goals (17) by scoring 30 times this season. The Pilots' season continues next week in the National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, and Franke needs just three more goals to surpass the school's career record of 32.

"Lisa is a complete player with good speed and the size (5-foot-6) to stand up to challenges for the ball," said coach Pete Morey. "She is a great passer, just a fantastic player."

Bethel, an NAIA school, is affiliated with The Missionary Church. There are several congregations in Hawaii and Tim Carrigon, the youth pastor in Hilo, has alerted Morey to several potential prospects.

Maile Carenio, a junior defender from Waiakea, was the first local soccer player to attend Bethel. She was joined a year later by twin sister Malia, who transferred from Abilene Christian. Franke, named to the 2003 Mid-Central College Conference all-star first team, and Kauai's Katy Jenkins enrolled this year.

Last season, when injuries left Morey barely able to field a team, he added Mayumi Stevens, a midfielder from Moanalua, on the Bethel basketball team. Stevens played full-time this year at the left outside midfield position and was elected captain.

All five women are on athletic scholarship. In addition, they receive a Hawaii grant from the church.

Thiago Pinto (St. Joseph) is a junior midfielder for Bethel's men's team and is doing quite well, according to coach Pablo Rodriguez. But Gui Freitas (St. Joseph) did not return for his sophomore season, returning home to Brazil instead.


Jennifer Loo, a freshman defender from Mililani for Idaho State (10-8-1), has scored four goals and has three assists in 19 matches. Her first-half goal yesterday was all the Bengals needed to win their third consecutive conference title and earn an automatic NCAA tournament berth. ISU beat Montana 1-0.

Kara Ishikawa was honored Oct. 24 at Cornell University's 400 Club breakfast that recognized 40 student-athletes who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during the spring semester. The sophomore midfielder has scored three goals and has three assists in 14 matches for the Big Red (7-5-2).

Bethany Nishimoto (Hanalani) has been named to the 2003 Great Plains Athletic Conference second team. The junior is a striker for Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa). Nishimoto led the Lady Defenders (12-6-1) with 17 goals and four assists.

Senior notes

Tyson Ferreira, a striker/midfielder from Honokaa, has completed his career at Missouri Valley College in Marshall Mo.

"Tyson played a lot of games this year, but he wasn't starter," Vikings coach Vladimir Simic said. "Whenever he entered a game he played tough and hard with all his heart. He was a one of the true leaders on the team -- a great guy!"

See the Columnists section for some past articles.

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