High School Beat

Waianae track needs
$100,000 in repairs

The damaged Waianae track is going to need approximately $100,000 worth of work, according to Gary Yasui of the Department of Education facilities branch.

"That's an estimate, give or take a few thousand dollars," Yasui said.

The track was damaged during a 2002 football playoff game when firemen responding to an injured player drove a fire truck over it. A section (one of three bridges built over underground drainage ditches) collapsed, creating a big hole.

"The reason we don't know the exact cost is because we're going to do an assessment on the stability of the other two bridges. They might need work, too," Yasui said.

Waianae athletic director Glenn Tokunaga said work is expected to start in December and finish two or three months later.

"It should be done just in time for track season," he said.

Fame game: Mid-Pacific shortstop Randy Rundgren is part of a famous family. He's the son of Todd and Michele Rundgren and the brother of Rex Rundgren.

Todd, a solo recording artist, had some big hits in the 1970s, including "Hello It's Me," while Michele was a member of the rock band The Tubes.

Rex, a former MPI shortstop, is playing for the Jupiter Hammerheads, a Class-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.

Another ILH baseball player also has a well-known family member. Pac-Five's Ronel Trias is the younger brother of Jasmine Trias of "American Idol" fame.

Chargers coach out: Pearl City soccer coach Scott Keopuhiwa resigned after leading the boys team to the state tournament in three of the four years he was at the helm.

"Part of it is work-related," he said. "With my regular full-time job, it's hard to make it to practice on time. Also, with so many things administratively that you have to be responsible for as a coach, it takes way too much time away from actually coaching the kids. I will definitely miss coaching the boys and will continue to support them."

Keopuhiwa is also the president of the Hawaii Youth Soccer Association, a volunteer position.

Officials wanted: The Oahu Interscholastic Association is looking for officials. Call Jim Beavers at 262-5738.

Rules and mechanics clinics begin July 12 at 7 p.m. at Pearlridge Elementary School.

HBA camp soon: The Hawaii Baptist Academy's Hoop Camp for boys and girls in Grades 4-12 is set to run June 7-11.

Former Hawaii-Hilo coach Jimmy Yagi and former Vulcans player Bill O'Rear are the lead instructors and will be joined by Hawaii-Hilo assistant coaches Hamilton Manley and Eric Sanchez and Big Island Interscholastic Association official Linda Lopez.

For more information, call 595-2469.

Kim sticking around: Maui Interscholastic League executive secretary Stephen Kim won't retire at least until December 2005.

"I'm still trying to figure out what's the best time, financially, to retire," said the 60-year-old Kim, who contemplated stepping down this December.

The MIL recently chose which teams will be in Division I and II for football this fall. Baldwin, Maui, King Kekaulike and Lahainaluna will be in D-I, while Pac-Three and Kamehameha-Maui, will be in D-II.

"We wanted Lahainaluna to be in Division II to make it an even 3-3 split, but they have too much pride, I guess," Kim said. "They wanted to continue to play with the big guys, even though they're a small school. They have a lot of good, tough football players there."

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