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Kahuku DB to participate in pass tourney in Vegas

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He’s not from Utah or California, but Kahuku cornerback Kawe Johnson will be adopted by an all-star team from the two states during the New Level 7-on-7 Tournament Saturday and Sunday in Las Vegas.

The tourney features college prospects in a pass-league football format. The event will be played at UNLV.

"There’s going to be good competition," said Johnson, a three-sport sophomore.

Despite the busy schedule at home, Johnson said he’ll be ready to defend against top receivers.

"I’ve been working out after practice, doing DB drills," he said.

He’s been to Las Vegas before, but as a minor, he’ll be hanging out with his parents.

"There’s not much to do," Johnson said. "My goal is to get a championship for our team."

Hawks fundraiser

"Come Fly with the Hawks," a fundraiser for the Nanakuli High wrestling program, is tomrorow at the Ihilani Resort’s Ocean Ballroom.

Proceeds will help the team travel to next year’s Maui Invitational wrestling tournament and improve the gym facilities. The cost is $80 per seat or $150 for two.

The program begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing until 10 p.m. For information, contact Aika Makaula at 203-3844.

Back on diamond

Gary Nakamoto had his ups and downs last season.

As Pearl City’s baseball coach, he guided the Chargers to a No. 1 ranking and 28-0-1 mark before the state tourney. He did it despite battling cancer.

He stepped down as head coach after the season to receive treatment, which went successfully.

Pearl City moved on, but Nakamoto can’t get the game out of his system. He’s now coaching at the Little League level.

"I still enjoy coaching," Nakamoto said.

Long time coming

Kalaheo’s baseball team ended a drought of nearly two years with a 13-0 win at Nanakuli on Saturday.

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