But add to that, hours of practice, a season
of pressure filled games, bumps and bruises and tired muscles,
and road trips to the mainland, and academic excellence is even
more worthy of notice. If only credits were offered for knowing
the infield fly rule.
Three members of the HPU Lady Sea Warrior softball team were
recently named to the National Fast Pitch Coaches Association
2003 All-American Scholar-Athlete team. Honored were Kimberlie
Fukumoto, Alisa Iloreta, and Anuhea Diamond. Head Coach Howard
Okita added to the praise.
Academic All-American recognition, to me, is the best of honors,” said
Okita. “These girls are getting it done in the classroom
as well as on the field. It shows a high level of personal commitment
on their part. The three of them give their best out on the field,
and they are all outstanding students. To me, that’s
what being a student athlete is all about.”
In order to achieve NFCA Scholar-Athlete status, a student
athlete must have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher,
based on a
4.0 scale. This average must be carried through the fall
and spring semesters for softball. Okita, who enters
his 10th season
as HPU’s skipper, understands the impact the accomplishments
make on his team as a whole.
They are role models for their team mates,” said Okita. “I
always stress that if you put out the effort, the results will
follow, in whatever you do. These three players are proof.
It takes an added level of dedication, but we have always had
group of players that answer the call.”
Fukumoto, originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, graduated
summa cum laude with a 3.91 GPA and a BA degree in
She twice earned Pacific West Conference Academic
All-Conference Team recognition. She was also selected
for the National
List. She was a three-year letter winner at first base.
Iloreta, native of Wailua, Kaua‘i, maintained a 3.54 GPA
en route to earning a BA in psychology. The four-year utility
player was named twice to the PacWest Academic All-Conference
Team. She was also named to the HPU Dean’s List and is
a Presidential Scholar.
Diamond was the HPU’s sole underclassmen to receive honors.
She currently maintains a 3.64 average while majoring in visual
communication. Diamond, a catcher from Mililani, also received
PacWest honors and made the HPU Dean’s List in each semester.