Waimea to honor 5 former athletes

Waimea will induct five athletes into its Menehune Legacy Hall of Honor at a banquet on the campus’ front lawn on April 9.

The school will honor:

>> Joe Matsukawa, a 1949 Waimea alum who excelled in football and baseball and also played both sports at the University of Hawaii. Matsukawa also played in the 1954 Hula Bowl and coached the Leilehua Mules to the 1962 state baseball championship.

>> Laynie Sueyasu, a member of the 1990 state softball champion Menehunes who went on to play for the University of Hawaii. Sueyasu is the athletic director at Castle.

>> Deirdre Wisneski, a member of the 1990 state softball champion Menehunes. She was also inducted into the Hawaii High School Honor of Honor and played shortstop for the University of Hawaii. Wisneski is assistant under UH softball coach Bob Coolen.

>> Sean Jardin, a star football and soccer player for the Menehunes who was inducted into the Hawaii High School Hall of Honor. He was a first-team All-State running back selection, and he also played safety, punter and place-kicker.

>> Patrick Pereira, an Kauai Interscholastic Federation all-star lineman for three years who medaled in the shot put and went on to be a lineman at Central Washington, a teacher, a coach in football and track, an assistant athletic director and vice principal at Waimea.

To purchase tickets for the ceremony, call Waimea athletic director Jon Kobayashi at 808-338-6810, ext. 175.


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