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"WE HAVE ONLY JUST BEGUN!!!"

By Kevin Kacatin
October 18, 2011

HONOLULU, Hawaii --Aloha Rainbow Wahine Softball fans!

The University of Hawai`i Rainbow Wahine Softball team opened up the first week of practice on Monday, October 10th and concluded with an inter-squad scrimmage on Friday October, 14. Hawai'i returns 17 letterwinners from last year's squad that finished 37-18 overall and 14-7 in the Western Athletic Conference. Among the returnees are two-time WAC Player of the Year, junior shortstop Jessica Iwata; two-time WAC Pitcher of the Year, senior pitcher Stephanie Ricketts; and 2010 National Fastpitch Coaches Association second-team All American and 2011 second-team All-WAC centerfielder, junior Kelly Majam.

New to the program this fall:

Stacy Rosengren from Round Rock, TX (Stony Point HS) - 2nd base
Austin Wilkerson from Ferndale, WA (Sehome HS) - 3rd base
Keiko Sugihara from Skokie, Ill (Niles North HS) - 3rd base
Kayla Wartner from Escondido, CA (Escondido HS) - 1st base, catcher, OF
Jordan Burton from Escondido, CA (Mission Hills HS) - OF
Leisha Liilii from Kaneohe, HI (Castle HS) - 1st base, pitcher
Lauren Parnaby from Bilgola Plateau, NSW, Australia (Northern Beaches Secondary College) - catcher, OF
Justine Tjaden from Murietta, CA - Student Manager

Practices on Monday began at a fairly quick pace. The team showed a lot of energy right off the bat and by the second day of practice it seemed as if the team had already been through a few weeks of full practices together. As with prior seasons, the players kept in shape and on top of their academics prior to the start of the official practices with weight room conditioning and study hall sessions. For those who have not witnessed a typical Rainbow Wahine Softball practice session, it's quite an efficient pace that is maintained by the coaching staff. To begin, the pitchers and catchers are on the infield working with head coach Bob Coolen, the rest of the team is split into various groups working in two separate batting cage areas at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium with each area supervised by associate head coach Deirdre Wisneski and assistant coach Kaulana Williams.

The pitchers will work on their various pitches, sometimes their velocity will be measured, and at the same time the catchers will work on their technique as well. In the batting cages there are combinations of soft-toss, live BP, and a pitching machine exercises. Eventually the entire team convenes on the field for some brief cardio drills and resumes fielding exercises that will vary from practice to practice, often head coach Bob Coolen has multiple infield and outfield drills happening all at once. Practice usually concludes with more batting practice as again the team will be split into three areas: the two batting cages and the field itself where head coach Bob Coolen executes live BP to two players at a time that rotate with other set batters.

Practices and intersquad scrimmages are open to the public. Please check out "Events Calendar" on our menu page for a complete schedule of the practices and scrimmages as well as the upcoming fall exhibition games.

BOOSTER CLUB NEWS AND UPDATES

The Na Wahine Softball Booster Club is now well-covered in the world of social media. The Na Wahine Softball-Boosters Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NaWahineSoftballBoosters has been running well with many members including alumnae, letterwinners, and fans. We have also begun using our Twitter account on a more frequent basis as well. "@NaWahineSB" is where you can find us on Twitter. Social media serves as a very important tool in updating our boosters and fans on the events that directly effect the softball program as it allows for immediate updating literally as the news or events happen.

A step ahead!!! That's right we started accepting membership renewals as early as the summer of 2011 and it's already paying off!!! To date we have about 30 members from the 2011 spring season that have already renewed and we anticipate more as the 2012 spring season approaches!!!

We're online!!! The Na Wahine Softball Booster Club is now ready to accept membership applications online!!! Please check our menu page under "online membership". Potential members will still be able to print out our application form and mail in a check if they wish as well, just click under "Application Form" on our menu page also.

MAUI HERE WE COME!!! The Na Wahine Softball Booster Club will be in Maui on Saturday November 12 as the Rainbow Wahine scrimmage the Vulcans of the University of Hawaii at Hilo at 12pm. We will be accepting cash donations as well as membership applications for our Maui fans that wish to help support the Rainbow Wahine Softball program! Members should also be proud to know that due to their support of the softball program, the Na Wahine Softball Booster Club was able to financially assist with this upcoming and historical trip for the softball program! This will be the FIRST time that the Rainbow Wahine Softball program has played on Maui in nearly 15 years!

Stay tuned right here for an upcoming announcement on a new opportunity for the fans and boosters to actively participate in the game to game progression of the 2012 team. This new initiative will get our boosters and fans to feel directly involved with the 2012 spring season and will provide further financial support for the program as well.

ALUMNAE COME HOME!!! Don't forget!!! The 2011 alumnae softball game is set for Saturday October 29th at 4:00pm!!! The Na Wahine Softball Booster Club is proud to have many letterwinners and alumnae as members as they are a vital part of what makes this program successful on and off the field. Their sacrifice in the classroom and on the softball field will never be forgotten and to have them still giving back and supporting the softball program is truly what makes this program unique. Come on down and support the 2012 team and our Rainbow Wahine alumnae as well!!!

SEE YOU AT THE RAINBOW WAHINE SOFTBALL STADIUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!

"Ne'epapa I Ke O Mau" - Forever Moving Forward Together


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