Windward Teams Recognized By OIA On Softball Field
For Castle, the by-product of another stellar season on the softball field is reeling in the post-season honors.
The team was richly rewarded with a pair of First Team selections, including shortstop Brittney Hawn being named the OIA East Player of the Year. League All-Stars are chosen by the coaches.
Hawn, a senior, also made the First Team as a Utility Player, along with fellow senior Kamaka Silva, who anchored the outfield.
Castle coach Jon Berinobis was named Coach of the Year. The past two seasons, he’s led the team to a 28-8 mark, including an appearance in the 2012 state title game. The Knights were 10-4 this year – 9-1 in the OIA East’s regular season, winning seven straight games during one stretch.
Hawn batted .778 in OIA games with eight extra base hits, including a pair of home runs. Silva hit .640 and also had a pair of home runs. In their four years at Castle, the senior class went 50-21 overall and made four consecutive state tournament appearances.
Senior Cristin Tesoro and junior Alana Igafo both made the Second Team as outfielders, while Jade Rodgers and Kamakee Silva earned Honorable Mention.
Kailua High also had another solid season under coach Tamara Kaluau, going 12-7 overall en route to earning another state tournament berth. The Surfriders landed a pair on the East’s First Team: first baseman Shayden Apela-Moku and second baseman Shealee Koko. Pitcher Destinee Chang and outfielder Briana Kassebeer made the Second Team, while Sharla Kumai-Farrell, Amanda Kaleo, Leilani Lastimosa and Lindsey Farley received Honorable Mention.