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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Takekawa's season ends with knee injury

 •  No longer running in circles

By Leila Wai
Advertiser Staff Writer

Saint Mary's senior forward Sarah Takekawa tore her anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in her left knee during a soccer game against Cal Poly Sept. 7.


The 2001 Kailua graduate underwent surgery last Thursday, and is "considering her options," her father, Roy, said.

"She's doing fine; it's sore, so she's dealing with all that," Roy said.

About 15 minutes into her fifth game of the season, Takekawa jumped up to trap a ball.

"She said when she jumped, that's when she felt three pops in her knee, so she knew right away, I think," Roy said.

Takekawa's mother, Kris, flew to California last Wednesday to be with her daughter through the arthroscopic surgery.

"According to the doctors, everything went according to plan," Roy said.

"I think they petitioned the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, and they wouldn't have done that if they didn't think it was available," he added.

Takekawa, a health science major, is on schedule to graduate in May, but her father said she had yet to decide whether to play another year.

More Women's Soccer

• Princeton junior defender Romy Trigg-Smith (Punahou '02 of Kailua) was named to the Soccer America team of the Week for Sept. 6 to 12, after being named the Ivy League Player of the Week. She moved to defense from the midfield and helped shut out Villanova (1-0) and Vanderbilt (3-0).

• Willamette (Ore.) freshman Rachel Clevenger (Hilo '04) had the first goal and assist of her career in a 4-0 win against Linfield in the Northwest Conference opener for both teams.

Clevenger assisted on the third and capped the scoring in the 78th minute.

• Southern Methodist sophomore forward Adria Campbell (Punahou '03 of Kailua) scored in the 80th minute as the No. 21 Mustangs defeated No. 27 Saint Mary's, 3-0, Sunday.

• Idaho State sophomore Jennifer Loo (Mililani '03) scored her team's only goal in a 2-1 loss to Gonzaga Sunday.

• Pacific (Ore.) senior midfielder Kalei Titcomb (Kamehameha '01 of Kailua) had an assist in a 2-1 loss to Whitworth (Spokane, Wash.) on Sunday.

Men's Soccer

• Southern Methodist junior Duke Hashimoto (Iolani '01 of Kapolei) was named to the Saint Louis Nike Classic all-tournament team after scoring in overtime to lift the No. 16 Mustangs past then-No. 4 Saint Louis, 1-0, the Sept. 10-12 weekend.

Hashimoto scored five minutes into overtime on a 10-yard shot after going one-on-one against the goalkeeper.

Hashimoto also added an assist in a 3-2 win against Cincinnati in the tournament.


• Whitworth (Spokane, Wash.) redshirt freshman running back Chris Ahsing (Campbell of 'Ewa Beach) carried 16 times for 51 yards and two scores in a 43-23 win at La Verne on Saturday.

• Adams State senior kicker Ryan Shiba (Kaua'i High) converted four PATs in a 34-31 win over rival Fort Lewis College on Saturday.

The win helped Adams State improve to 1-3 overall and 1-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Redshirt freshman running back Rejis Canales (Kaua'i High) is also on the Adams State roster.

Women's Volleyball

• UC Irvine junior middle blocker Amanda Vazquez (Moanalua '02) was named to the all-tournament team at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Invitational, hosted by the University of Hawai'i last weekend. She had 19 kills and 11 blocks in two matches.

• Oregon sophomore outside hitter Sarah Mason (St. Joseph '03 of Hilo) was named to the Sacramental Invitational all-tournament team last weekend. Mason had 52 kills and six blocks in four matches as Oregon (8-2) went 2-2.

• Fairfield freshman outside hitter Lindsey Lee (St. Joseph '04 of Hilo) was named the Most Valuable Player at the Virginia Commonwealth Volleyball Invitational last weekend. Joining Lee on the all-tournament team was fellow 2004 St. Joseph graduate Jazmin Pa'akaula, also of Hilo. Lee amassed 43 kills and 73 digs in the three matches. Pa'akaula had 37 kills and 45 digs.

Men's Golf

• Oregon sophomore Matthew Ma (Iolani '02 of 'Aiea) placed second in the Northwest Collegiate Classic at the par-72, 7,030-yard Trysting Tree Golf Club at Corvallis, Ore.

Ma, competing individually, shot 65-74-69 for an 8-under 208. It was the highest finish of his career, as well as his lowest three-round score.

Idaho junior Christian Akau (Kamehameha '02 of Waipahu) tied for 31st at 219 and sophomore teammate Gabe Wilson (Waiakea '03 of Hilo) tied for 69th at 228 in the same tournament.

Men's Cross Country


If you know of any athletes deserving of recognition, give us their names, high schools and graduation years, colleges and sports. E-mail us at: homegrown@honoluluadvertiser.com or contact Leila Wai at 535-2457.
• Michigan sophomore Todd Iacovelli (Punahou '02 of Kailua) shaved 53 seconds from his previous best time to claim fifth place at 25:01 at the 8K Spartan Invitational in East Lansing, Mich., on Friday.


• Clarissa Chun, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials runner-up, will compete for the U.S. Women's World Cup Team at the Women's Freestyle World Cup in Tokyo, Oct. 8 to 9.

Chun (Roosevelt '99 of Kapolei), will wrestle at 48 kg (105.5 pounds).

The U.S. will compete against teams from Japan, Canada, China, Germany and Russia.


• Dylan Libadisos ('Aiea '04), who is expected to play baseball for Highland Community College in Kansas, was named the 2004 Western Regional American Legion Baseball Player of the Year.

His selection earned him a $1,000 scholarship from The American Legion and a $1,000 Gatorade Leadership Award.

He is one of eight American Legion regional players of the year, and was selected from nominees in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai'i, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Reach Leila Wai at lwai@honoluluadvertiser.com or 535-2457.