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Vulcan’s Road to Recovery

Vulcan student-athletes are off to a great start here at UH Hilo. The Fall sports squads of cross country, volleyball, and both the men’s and women’s soccer teams are underway and just beginning Pacific West Conference play . One student-athlete whose career didn’t begin as planned is soccer player Adam Palochik. The athlete first came to UHH in the Fall of 2015 with a goal of starting as a freshman. His dream came to a sudden halt after tearing his ACL in a training session. “I stepped one way and my knee went the other and I felt a pop,” said Palochik when describing his injury. Palochik came to Hilo all the way from Corona, California. He has been playing soccer for 14 years and had never experienced such a traumatic injury. The Vulcan athlete came to UHH for the soccer scholarship he was given and the promising environment the island provides. An ACL injury is very common among athletes especially soccer players with the high amount of cutting and movements that are involved. An extensive surgery is required after the ligament has been torn. The injured athlete went through his surgical procedure during the winter break in 2015. After the surgery he began doing physical therapy to recover and gain mobility in his knee. He continues to work hard and hopes to see the field this season. “I am strengthening my hips, hamstring and quads to the fullest extent,” he explained.. Although he has never encountered something so mentally and physically challenging, he remains confident that he will return soon again, “With a season ending injury it takes a toll on you but I am working hard everyday to get back as soon as I can”. Article by Destini Soares

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Cross Country update

When the 2016-17 University of Hawai’I Hilo athletic season kicks off this Saturday at 8 a.m. in Laie, Hawai’I, it will be the smallest team on campus that leads the way. Coach Jaime Guerpo’s women’s cross country team, six members strong, will hear the starter’s gun bright and early at the Seasider Invitational on August 27. The meet, hosted by BYU-Hawaii, signals the beginning of the Vulcan athletic year.  Guerpo heads into his 18th season as the Vulcan leader, counting on junior veteran Anna Baker Mikkelsen to lead the way. The Denmark native will contend for All-Pacific West Conference honors at the championship meet, which will be hosted this year by UHH at Kamehameha School on October 22. “It is exciting to be able to host the PacWest Championships,” Guerpo said. “We have a challenging course with some unique qualities. We look forward to putting on a great event.”

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Men’s Golf update

The Men’s Golf team finished the season ranked 15th in the West Region and 74th Nationally. The team was led by senior captain Kyeton Littel, from Maui, with a stroke average of 75.38. Hilo natives RicYamamoto (76.46) and Casey Tamura (83.00) completed their senior seasons with the team. Kyeton, along with freshmen teammate Jared Kinoshita (from Bakersfield, CA) were named to the all PACWEST third team.  Jared, who was the individual champion at the Hawaii Challenge, will be the only returning member to next year’s team.  Other members of the team were David Tottori from Las Vegas, NV; and Conor Morley of Palm Dessert, CA.  David had a hole-in-one on the 9th hole at Olympia Country Club during the Saint Martin’s Invitational tournament.

The assistant coach, Ron Takahashi has a great outlook on this upcoming season, “Our outlook for the upcoming 2016-2017 season is very upbeat.  We have seven promising new recruits joining our program.  Two are from Hawaii – Preston Ching from Hilo (Kamehameha-Keaau), and Trevor Kua from Kauai; two from Canada; two from Oregon; and one from California.”

Their season goals have been set high as they anticipate getting back into the National Championship tournament next post season.


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