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Softball players get it done in class

by Chuck Cordill, assoc. Sports editor

It’s hard enough to earn academic honors as it is. Those who succeed in the classroom must sacrifice to earn their awards. It means having to turn down a concert invite or two. It means having to tape your favorite TV show because you have an exam coming up. Sometimes it even means having to grab the books and sequester yourself in the bathroom because your roommate has friends over for pizza.

 

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 a 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 applied mathematics. She twice earned Pacific West Conference Academic All-Conference Team recognition. She was also selected for the National Dean’s 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.

 

 

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