Future of NZ softball in good hands

NZ Herald: Losana Hutchinson-Tuiletufuga is one of the three finalists in the girls’ softball category of the College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year awards. The 16-year-old Year 12 student at One Tree Hill College has proven herself as one of the top schoolgirl softballers in the region after a productive 2016. Now she has her sights set on cracking the Junior White Sox for next year’s world championships in Florida. She sees herself as a catcher/batter and indeed has taken swiftly to catching, having only started specialising in crouching…

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Patel has freedom of expression

NZ Herald: Sandeep Patel can only smile when it is suggested that he may have a weakness on 152. Most batsmen would kill for that kind of weakness, much like Martin Crowe on 188 or Kevin Pietersen on 158. Like those two classy stroke makers, Patel, the Saint Kentigern College First XI captain, has twice been dismissed on the same hefty score. The 18-year-old is a boys’ cricket finalist at the November 26 Young Sportsperson of the Year awards. On Saturday he winds up his Auckland premier schools First XI…

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Success flows for waka ama teen

NZ Herald: Koha-Alofa Vitolio has fast established herself as one of the country’s top junior female waka ama paddlers. The 16-year-old Year 12 student at McAuley High School has her sights set on next year’s inaugural waka ama long distance world champs in Tahiti, where she will likely represent New Zealand at both junior (under-19) and senior levels. Vitolio’s progress has been rapid since she started paddling competitively five years ago in this growing sport. Already she has competed at two worlds and four club nationals, and her latest national…

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Greg Vukets hitting the heights

NZ Herald: Greg Vukets is nearing the end of three years of top quality volleyball as premier skipper for Westlake BHS. The 17-year-old, Year 13 senior prefect and sports captain is now in the thick of exams before he cranks up the beach volleyball season. He is also a boys’ volleyball finalist for the ASB Young Sportsperson of the Year awards later this month. Westlake BHS has a strong volleyball pedigree and the premier team, under the coaching of John Howard, is a force, winning the schools nationals this year…

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