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Newport learning lessons

August 14, 2011|By Charlie Brande, Daily Pilot

Every summer Coach Dan Glenn brings his Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball team to Hawaii for a tournament. It is a perfect time to start the upcoming season with good competition, team bonding and most importantly, life lessons, which Coach Glenn strongly stresses.

The tournament is on the island of Oahu and is played at 'Iolani High. The Ann Kang annual tournament is named for a former University of Hawaii player and 'Iolani coach named Ann Goldstein Kangaroo, who passed away over 10 years ago from ALS, which is also know as Lou Gehrig's disease. Last summer, Newport lost in the final to an excellent high school team from Taiwan.

After arriving late on Monday night and waiting for the rental vans (which is a common problem when traveling with a team), the team settled at their Waikiki hotel and the girls were exhausted. Two of Hawaii's best high school teams do not play in the Ann Kang so Glenn always schedules a scrimmage with Punahou and Kamehameha to assure that his team plays each of the best on the island. The problem is that the Newport girls must play on Tuesday morning at 9 which is actually 6 back in Newport.

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Punahou is one of the most outstanding high schools in the United States. Sports Illustrated recently ranked it as the most outstanding athletic high school in America and the volleyball tradition, both boys and girls, is tremendous. By the way, our president attended Punahou. It is an amazing school that is rich with Hawaiian tradition from the 1800's.

Newport has a senior-laden team led by a number of returning starters, many of whom are seniors. Seniors Cinnamon Sary, Kasey Thompson, Tatum Norton, Biz Buckingham as well as juniors Torey Thompson and Hunter Jennings were all starters on last year's successful team. Returning from injuries are seniors Alex Holbrook and Claire Castillo and both are major college prospects. Rapidly developing sophomore Carol Bockrath, will be a major contributor this season also.

Newport battled Punahou and, after giving up the first set, won the last three sets. After the match, the Punahou girls hosted Newport for some juice and pupus.

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