Young West Oahu Athletes Excel In Mainland Play
Second City Spotlight …Rep. Sharon Har
I enjoy meeting Kapolei and Makakilo residents in the community — behind every smile, handshake and hug, there is a story. Over the summer, I was very pleased to hear of two great stories of accomplishment by young athletes from our community.
This week I want to shine the Second City Spotlight on Leeward Boom Girls Soccer Team and Makakilo/ Kapolei Youth Baseball League, Mustang Division All Star Team, your 2014 AYSO U-14 Girls National Soccer champions, and 2014 PONY League, Mustang Division Hawaii Region champions.
Leeward Boom Girls Soccer Team, comprised of 15 girls (ages 13-14) from Leeward AYSO region 269, embodies the characteristics of a championship team. The Boom finished the AYSO 2013 fall season as undefeated champions. In December 2013, they won the Island’s Best Tournament championship, but they were only getting started. They completed the AYSO 2014 Spring Select season as undefeated champs again before going on to win the 2014 Kirk Banks Tournament championship.
After dominating the competition in Hawaii, the Boom traveled to California, where they competed against 30 teams from across the country in the U-14 division at the AYSO National Games. They finished first in their pool with a 4-1-1 record.
From there, they moved on to the championship bracket, defeating South Irvine California in the quarterfinals, Mission Viejo in the semifinals, and Corona Del Mar (whom they tied in regular pool play) in the finals to capture the AYSO U-14 Girls national championship.
Not to be outdone by the girls, our baseball boys also rose to the occasion.
At the Oahu section tournament in early June, the 15 members of Makakilo/Kapolei Youth Baseball League (MKYBL) Mustang Division (ages 9-10) All Stars excelled on the baseball field.
After winning the Oahu section tournament, the MKYBL All Stars traveled to Maui, where they won the Hawaii Region championship.
In July, the MKYBL All Stars traveled to California to participate in the PONY League Western Zone championships, where they brought home the consolation championship.
Congratulations to Leeward Boom Girls Soccer Team and their coaches Randy Cain and Lawrence Hamilton, and additionally Makakilo/Kapolei Youth Baseball League, Mustang Division All Star Team and their coaches Dirk Fujii, John Williams and Ben Yeung and all of their families for bringing great pride to our community!