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Blast from the past: What Kaipo Spenser is doing these days
March 15, 2013 - Robert Collias
The story is a little over the top PR-wise, but here is a cool update on former St. Anthony baseball standout Kaipo Spenser, who had a meteoric rise to a 10-0 freshman season at Arizona State to just as quick an end to his career due to frustrating injuries.
This from early on in the story:
Growing up the youngest of seven on the Hawaiian island of Maui, you’d think surfing would be his sport. But Kaipo, raised in an extremely sports-driven and fiercely competitive family, heard the call for baseball, not the beach. In his small town of approximately 15,000 people, and sheltered by ocean in every direction, life on the island was simple and a bit isolating.
Playing hoops or picking up a bat and ball, for Kaipo, was his only outlet as he dreamed of discovering the mainland, experiencing the world, and the novelty of such things as snow. As he juggled time between his basketball and All-Star baseball teams, he developed a fast ball that would prove to be his ticket off the island.
“I think it’s every little ball player’s goal to play at the next level,” says Kaipo, crediting his high school baseball coach as being one of the most influential in his life. “At the time, I realized I could have a future in this sport, and became set on playing collegiate baseball…I opened some eyes and started receiving letters from scouts and college coaches,” he adds.
The St. Anthony coach he credits later in the story is Lew Awai.
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