A great season of ‘Bow ball

I don’t follow sports as closely as I used to, but it was hard not to get caught up in the University of Hawai’i’s late season success on the baseball diamond, both the men and the women.

The Rainbow Wahine made the College World Series and they did it in exciting fashion, upsetting top-seeded Alabama in the Super Regionals and setting an NCAA record 158 home runs led by Kelly Majam’s WAC record of 30.

I’m not sure where the burst of power in women’s softball has come from, whether it’s equipment or training and conditioning.

A women’s softball game involving top teams with good pitchers used to be 1-0 or 2-1 affairs, but in the NCAA tournament balls seemed to be flying out of the park every time you looked up even though they moved back the fences.

With so many returning stars, the Wahine look to be a major power and a major local draw next year, too. I hope to take my 7-year-old granddaughter often to challenge her unfortunate notion that a young girl’s highest aspiration in sports is cheerleading.

It was also good to see the Rainbow men get hot late in the year to win the WAC tournament and make the NCAAs, probably saving coach Mike Trapasso’s job.

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  1. Shaloha Says:

    Funny that you mentined chearleading…

    Thanks to Title IX (Patsy Mink’s irrational gift to the world), and for almost three decades, the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights actually told schools not to include cheerleading as sport. Why? The OCR has the task of making sure that schools are not “gender biased” in their offerings. The sports offerings for schools need to be evenly distributed between girls and boys so that the school is not classified as gender biased. To even out the books, schools were told not to recognize cheerleading as a sport. In the last decade or so, schools have gotten around this by offering a spirit club that primarily cheers at games and a squad that attends competitions.

    Not recognizing cheerleading as a bona fide sport means that there is no national governing agency that determines what type of safety training coaches need to have. In addition, at the college level, it means that cheerleaders don’t have on site athletic trainers. Couple that with the fact that orthopedic experts say that many cheerleading injuries could have been prevented with proper safety precautions, and one could easily make the argument that, for the sake of the cheerleaders themselves, cheerleading deserves sport status.

    So, thanks to radical feminist Patsy Mink hundreds of girls are getting very seriously injured and maimed for life. (Spinal Cord injuries are the main cause.)

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