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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, January 6, 2006

Ex-pro pitcher Sasaki returns for baseball clinic tomorrow

 •  Physically and mentally beneficial, it's also fun

Advertiser Staff

The second annual Kazuhiro Sasaki baseball clinic is scheduled for tomorrow at Kaimuki High School field.

The clinic, conducted by Iolani coach Dean Yonamine, is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sasaki, a former pitcher for the Seattle Mariners and Yokohama BayStars, is scheduled to make an appearance.

Sasaki, who was the 2000 American League rookie of the year, retired from professional baseball last year.

Fee for the clinic is $125. For details, call Joey Asuncion at 222-6633.



About 250 athletes are scheduled to compete in the Gymnastics in Paradise Invitational Meet today through Sunday at 'Aiea District Park Gymnasium.

The event, hosted by Hawaiian Island Twisters Gymnastics, includes 16 teams from Australia, California, Washington, Texas, Minnesota and Hawai'i.

The meet begins at 5:30 p.m. today, 9 a.m. tomorrow and 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

The elite Junior Olympic Level 10 gymnasts will compete at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.


More than 400 competitors from Hawai'i, the continental United States, Japan, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to compete at the Aloha Gymfest, Jan. 13 to 15, at Kailua High School gym.

The Aloha Gymfest, which features competitors at levels 4 to 10, including elite, is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Top-level and elite gymnasts will compete at 6 p.m. Jan. 14. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children on Jan. 14 and 15. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children on Jan. 13 (6 p.m. start).

For details, call 235-6866 or go to the Web site at www.kokokahi gymnastics.com.



The Makule Kinipopo is starting a new season of senior softball slowpitch competition.

League play is at Central O'ahu Regional Park every Friday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Men, 55 and older, can join teams from Honolulu, Kailua, Makaha and Waialua.

Entry fee is $10. Initial registration closes at the end of this month.

For details call Alex Kane at 262-7532, or e-mail: junkmail1337@yahoo.com or Francis Lum at 261-5164, or e-mail: makulekinipopo@yahoo.com.

The league also is sponsoring a Senior Softball World Championship Tournament Qualifier, Feb. 17 to 19 at CORP.

There are seven age groups (40 to 75) for the men and five for the women (40 to 65).

Entry fee is $250. The fee is waved for teams not trying to qualify. Deadline is Jan. 16.

For details, contact Kane.