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White wins, moves closer to playoffs

by Kyle Galdeira, Sports editor


While the HPU softball team prepares for the upcoming season, they have already signed a valuable addition to the 2005 roster. Courtney Kessell, a senior pitcher at Kailua High School, signed a letter of intent on Nov. 15 to play softball at HPU.

Kessell was named to the high school softball All-State First Team in each of her three years at Kailua. She pitched for the Surfriders in the last three state championship tournaments; Kailua won the state crown in 2003, her sophomore year, and finished second in both her freshman and junior campaigns. Her success in the 2002-03 season earned Kessell state Player-of-the-Year honors as well as the Gatorade Player of the Year for softball in Hawai‘i.




“I’m excited about coming to play for HPU,” said Kessell. “I feel comfortable staying home to play. It’s what I wanted to do.”

Kessell also received scholarship offers from the University of Dayton, Jacksonville University, Siena College, in New York, and Baylor University, in Texas, but chose HPU. She is relieved to get the college selection process done with early in the year.

“ It helps me to relax, so I don’t have to worry about college applications and SATs,” she said.
Kessell credits her softball success to the teachings of Kailua Head Coach Bernard Victor. “He’s been my pitching coach since I was 10 years old,” she said. “He has taught me everything I know about softball.”

The Surfriders got off to a positive start by winning the Mililani Trojan Softball Classic Nov. 13 at the Central O‘ahu Regional Park. Kessell helped carry Kailua as it defeated perennial powerhouse Kamehameha in a marathon 13-inning championship game. Kailua won eight games overall in the tourney; Kessell was credited with pitching victories in seven of them.



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