CENTRAL MAUI LITTLE LEAGUE SETS SIGHTS ON WORLD SERIES

July 31, 2009, 11:06 AM HST · Updated July 31, 12:42 PM
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Maui’s District III All Star Little League Baseball Team won a spot in the Western Regional Tournament taking place next week in California.

(Former Mayor Alan Arakawa presents a check to the Central East Maui Little League coach, Glenn Yonashiro on Wednesday. Courtesy Photo.)

(Former Mayor Alan Arakawa presents a check to the Central East Maui Little League coach, Glenn Yonashiro on Wednesday. Courtesy Photo.)

Since their win, the Central Maui East 11 and 12 year olds have been trying to raise funds in an effort to defray some of the team’s travel and transportation expenses.

In addition to a Chicken Hekka Fundraiser, the team is also seeking monetary donations.  The call for support was met with a $1,000 donation this week from the Mayor Arakawa Community Kokua Fund.

The Maui team earned a spot in the tournament after winning the 2009 Major Little League State Tournament Championship on Oahu.  The regional tournament runs from August 7th to the 16th in San Bernardino and features teams from California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah.  The winner of the tournament then advances to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania August 21-30, 2009.

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Team Players include Matthew DeMichele, Skyelor Ishikawa, Joshua Nobriga, Nicholas Asuncion, Keanu Chang, Chazz Ishikawa, noah-Jason Apolo, Brandon Yonashiro, Shadd Santos, Dustin Kokubun, Travis Kanamu, Rossie Abordo, and Linden Kanamu.  Coaches are Glenn Yonashiro, Sherman Santos and Alex Ishikawa.

(By Wendy Osher)

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