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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Thursday, May 26, 2005

Seniors to play in Sugar Mill Classic

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

The seventh annual Sugar Mill Classic for high school senior baseball players will be held Monday at Hans L'Orange Park.

Game time is 1 p.m., with batting practice to start at 10 a.m.

The Hawaiian Stars has players from the O'ahu Interscholastic Association, while the Aloha Stars has players from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Neighbor Island players are spread between the two teams.

There are at least eight players in the game who have signed with Division I programs. They are Kamehameha's David Parrow (Southern California), Ryson Mauricio (New Mexico) and Nick Freitas (Miami); Punahou's Landon Nakata (Penn State) and Kasey Ko (Brigham Young); Mid-Pacific's Jayson Kramer (Hawai'i) and Kip Masuda (Long Beach State), and Roosevelt's Kevin Fujii (Hawai'i),

Punahou pitcher Jared Pate, the state tournament's most valuable player, will be an invited walk-on at UC Irvine. He was the 2004 co-Player of the Year.

The Hawaiian Stars will be coached by former big leaguer and Hawai'i Islanders first baseman John Matias, who holds the distinction of hitting four home runs in a state tournament game for Farrington in 1962. The Aloha Stars will be coached by former Rainbow and pro player Collin Tanabe.

Since the game's inception, a number of players have gone on to play in college and the pros. The inaugural game in 1999 featured Jerome Williams (Waipahu) and Shane Victorino (St. Anthony), both of whom went on to play in the major leagues. The 2001 game had Kurt Suzuki (Baldwin), who went on to become the national college player of the year in 2004.

Here are the rosters for the game:

Aloha Stars

Player School

  • David Parrow Kamehameha
  • Landon Nakata Punahou
  • Shaun Kauleinamoku Saint Louis
  • Kimo Klask Baldwin
  • Kyson Morikuni Iolani
  • Conan Young Mid-Pacific
  • Kaohi Downing Punahou
  • Koa Kaleo Kamehameha
  • Jared Pate Punahou
  • Greg Hackler Iolani
  • Kyle Fujimoto Punahou
  • Ryson Mauricio Kamehameha
  • Elijah Chee Kamehameha
  • Christian Stephenson Damien
  • Travis Fernandez Molola'i
  • Justin Kekaualua Waiakea
  • Nick Freitas Kamehameha
  • Chester Wilson Saint Louis
  • Keli'i Zablan Saint Louis
  • Kasey Ko Punahou
  • Ian Mopas Iolani
  • Jayson Kramer Mid-Pacific
  • Sheldon Santiago Saint Louis
  • Marc Factora Iolani
  • Kip Masuda Mid-Pacific
  • Coach: Collin Tanabe

Hawaiian Stars

Player School

  • Trevor Teraoka Kalani
  • Jacob Kaku Campbell
  • Kirby Yates Kaua'i
  • C.J. Tausaga 'Aiea
  • Tyler Harrison Kailua
  • Kahoku Piho 'Aiea
  • Adam Arakawa Moanalua
  • Tony Aquino Mililani
  • Kekoa Su'a Kailua
  • Kane Zalopany Waimea
  • Chaz Miyashiro Mililani
  • Kevin Fujii Roosevelt
  • Clayton Uyechi Wai'anae
  • Kamaka Crabbe Mililani
  • Bronson Ponciano-Ahue Kahuku
  • Landon Ka'aua Kaiser
  • Marcus Makia Baldwin
  • James Bannister Campbell
  • Kevin Matsumoto Kailua
  • Tristan Bailey Campbell
  • Lance Powell 'Aiea
  • Kaeo Neal Kaimuki
  • Thomas Yamasaki Pearl City
  • Kalani Yoshimura Roosevelt
  • Preston Pires Kalani
  • Andrew Blomberg Moanalua
  • Coach: John Matias

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com or 525-8042.