The news of All-America softball player Kelly Majam’s treatment for a cancerous thyroid is indeed a profile in courage. Majam, who had her thyroid removed July 27 and will undergo a one-time radiation treatment in December, will be able to play during the 2011 season.
As expected of the gregarious third-year sophomore, she was upbeat at today’s news conference — optimistic about her treatment and thankful of her faith.
Here’s the story: Kelly Majam.
Star-Advertiser’s Jason Kaneshiro and Dave Reardon will have detailed stories in tomorrow’s editions.
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Sorta-sorta practice report:
• Right tackle Laupepa Letuli didn’t work out because of back spasms. Kainoa LaCount, the No. 2 left tackle, practiced as the No. 1 right tackle.
• Brett Leonard, who has practiced as the No. 1 left guard, has had increased reps at center.
• Brysen “Bulla” Ginlack is serving as the top backup at both guard positions.
• Linebacker Aaron Brown still is awaiting medical clearance to practice. He said his right ankle feels fine.
• Strongside safety Spencer Smith did not practice today. Neither did backup slotbacks/returners Dustin Blount and Ryan Henry. Slotback Miah Ostrowski has been getting a lot of reps in their absence.
• Brent Rausch continues to impress as the No. 2 quarterback. He had a good practice today.
• Defensive right end Kamalu Umu, initially thought of as just a pass-rusher, has looked good dropping back into pass coverage.
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As the story goes, several years ago Bob Wagner, who was the UH head football coach at the time, had an extra scholarship. He called Farrington High coach Skippa Diaz and asked if there was a deserving player. Diaz recommended a bespectacled, 5-foot-8 running back.
Randall Okimoto accepted the scholarship, had a functional UH career, earned a degree and then returned to teach and coach at Farrington.
Circle of life.
This evening, Okimoto is helping Na Koa Bowl, essentially a telethon benefiting UH sports. It airs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on KFVE and Oceanic’s Channcel 16.