by Kaylee Noborikawa, staff writer
|The program began at 6:30 p.m. with Athletic Director
Jill Ward opening the ceremony and introducing host Chris Hart,
who does the HPU Sports Beat radio show every Tuesday morning
on KKEA 1420 AM. Once Reverend Dale Burke blessed the food, student
athletes helped themselves to a wide selection of buffet dishes
and a table of delectable desserts, including macadamia cream
pie and chocolate dobash cake.
Following the dinner, Hart introduced each team’s accomplishments
in 2005-2006, and their scholar-athlete (See list of winners
Following the scholar-athlete awards, Hart recognized some of
the supporters of HPU Athletics: the HPU Cheer and Dance teams,
and the HPU Band, all of which support the volleyball and basketball
teams by performing at every home and local away game.
Hart then presented special recognition awards. Donnell Dobbins,
of the HPU basketball team, received the Sea Warrior Award, which
is given to the student athlete who has demonstrated excellence
on the playing field, portrayed good sportsmanship, and participated
in community service projects. Dobbins’ community service
efforts include Hurricane Katrina Relief and Special Olympics
The Emma Mauz “Super Fan” Award was presented to
Associate Professor of accounting and finance Jack Karbens, who
encourages faculty, staff, and students to attend HPU athletic
events. The award is given every year to the most loyal Sea Warrior
fan, the one who “bleeds blue and green.”
President Chatt Wright made a special appearance to present the
Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards. Three-time
all-star Akihide Adachi, of the men’s soccer team, claimed
the men’s title with a 3.95 GPA in international business.
Three-time all-region performer, and the 2005 second team AVCA
All-American Flavia Brakling, a journalism major with a 3.49
GPA, took the women’s.
Brakling, along with Kyle Galdeira, Kalamalama editor and reserve
infielder on the baseball team, and Dani Young from the softball
team, were inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National Honor Society.
Wright also presented a tribute to Faculty Athletics Representative
Barbara Burke for her loyalty, performance, and dedication to
the Athletics department. Burke received a standing ovation from
the audience as she passed the torch to Barbara Hannum, who will
replace her starting this summer.
Ward believes that the banquet was a success and that it is important
to honor student athletes. “Each and every one of them
should be commended for the long hours that are required to juggle
academics and athletics, while still finding the time to experience
college life,” she said.
And the winners are...
Men’s cross country Matt Stevens (again)
Women’s cross country Masako Sagawa
Volleyball Flavia Brakling
Basketball Adam Reinking
Men’s tennis Jan Hroch
Women’s tennis Josefine Paulie
Baseball Kyle Galdeira
Softball Clerisse Lemke
Men’s golf Brian Keller
Women’s golf Kristine Higa
Men’s soccer Akihide Adachi
Women’s soccer Kerianne Pascua
Large co-ed cheer squad Zach Giano
All-girl cheer team Lauren Muckleroy
Sea Warrior Band Malia Ann Martin
Dance team Brienne Frazier