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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 4, 2003

Kailua ace Kessell named OIA East Player of Year

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kailua sophomore Courtney Kessell led her team to a 10-0 record in the OIA East. She pitched two no-hitters in league games.

Jeff Widener • The Honolulu Advertiser

Kailua High School pitcher Courtney Kessell received honorable mention on the O'ahu Interscholastic Association's 2002 Eastern Division all-star team, before a spectacular run through the OIA and state playoffs earned her first-team Advertiser All-State recognition.

This year, Kessell was dominant from the opening pitch, and by leading the Surfriders to a 10-0 regular-season record, she was named OIA East Player of the Year.

Kessell, a sophomore right-hander, tossed two no-hitters and had a pair of two-hitters, along with a six-hit shutout of previously unbeaten Castle.

She had 12 strikeouts each against Castle, Kaimuki and Roosevelt, and struck out 10 against Kahuku, eight against Kalani and seven versus Kaiser.

Kessell is joined on the Eastern Division all-star first team by teammates Loke Lastimosa and Danielle Young. Lastimosa was chosen as a third baseman but also played shortstop and was one of Kailua's top hitters. Young batted leadoff and provided speed on the bases.

Castle placed five players on the first team: second baseman Puna Waiolama, shortstop Kalena Souza, center fielder Sachelle Featheran, catcher Anuhea Young and pitcher Lia Pedrina.

Moanalua had two representatives in outfielder Kepua Lee and utility player Mika Tanji.

The final spot went to Kaimuki first baseman Tyleen Tausaga, who was named Player of the Year last season.

Castle's Jon Berinobis was named Coach of the Year.


Castle: Audrey Ako, Megan Cravalho, Stephanie Pane'e, Kristin Uza. Kahuku: Tomasina A'alona, Sasha Alo, Casey Kaiwa, Shawna Kanoa, Agesha Lightsy, Nicole Pouhia. Kailua: Kamaile Hughes, Shyenne Hussey, Jaushlyn Mansinon, Tanisha Milca. Kalaheo: Kapu Chung, Shanelle Doane, Kaliko Kepa, Namiko Mitchell, Jamie Napiha'a, Denise Pearl, Ashley Terrill, Meghan Watson. Kaimuki: Punohu Aiko, Kelsi Campos, Kara Hayashida, Diana Malavong, Mele Matealona, Daisy Phanphongsa, Brandi Sasaki, Dalia Solia. Kaiser: Samantha Saffery, Mary Tualau, Whitney Yui. McKinley: Nicole Figueroa, Ciria Guisadio, Malina Okuda, Dawn Yara. Moanalua: Camille Peraro, Jasmine Shigematsu, Jazminn Yamamoto, Traci Yoshikawa. Roosevelt: Makana Frank, Meghann Paison.