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Tokunaga is CBS/MaxPreps honorable mention

It’s football season, starting today baby, with high school scrimmages at various sites across the island. Here’s the latest schedule.

But, before we move on to the 2016-17 sports year, there is one item from 2015-16 that has yet to be reported.

CBS MaxPreps just sent out a notice about its All-American softball team Thursday. Turns out that Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State player of the year Jocelyn Alo and pitcher of the year Dani Cervantes did not make the team. But, Kamehameha-Hawaii senior Mykala Tokunaga was picked as an honorable mention as a utility player.

Tokunaga, a pitcher, was also a top hitter for the Warriors. She led them to four straight Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division II championships.

Hanapepe Stadium getting repairs

Hanapepe Stadium, the home of the Waimea Menehunes, is getting some refurbishment done and the team will not play its home football games there this season, according to Kauai Interscholastic Federation football coordinator Jon Kobayashi.

Instead, Waimea will play its home games at Lihue’s Vidinha Stadium while the bleachers and press box on the home side of the field are replaced.

Kapaa will play the majority of its games at Vidinha Stadium as well. The only game the two-time defending KIF champion Warriors will host at its own stadium is its first regular-season game against Kauai High on Aug. 26, when Vidinha Stadium will be in use for the Kauai County Farm Bureau Fair.

According to sources, Kapaa’s stadium will be getting some refurbishment after Hanapepe Stadium’s repairs are done.

Vidinha Stadium is Kauai High’s home field, so of the nine KIF regular season games this season, eight will be played there.

Yamaguchi is new softball coach at Mid-Pacific

Aloha Yamaguchi is the new softball coach at Mid-Pacifc, according to Owls athletic director Scott Wagner.

She takes over for Alan Inaba.

“We had some tremendous and talented coaches interview for the position, but Aloha rose to the top, and I am confident that she is the right coach for the job,” Wagner said in a news release.

Yamaguchi was an assistant coach under Inaba the past two seasons.

“Prior to that, she was an extremely successful and popular coach at Kamehameha,” Wagner added. “She has a strong vision for returning Mid-Pacific to a highly competitive program, yet will stress the life lessons that will stay with our players beyond softball.”

Yamaguchi played high school softball for University, where she graduated from in 1999.


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