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November 18, 2010

Volume 94: Issue 9

Ke Alaka i THE LEADER

Miracle chasers

Movie makers

Unlikely chain of events advances women’s volleyball to NCAA II tournament

Devin Graham’s passion for film leads him to the islands

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Julia Aika Becker, Tanza Tupola and Lauren Miller celebrate one of their kills that led them to NCAA II tournament. Photo by Meghan Harrison


Table of Contents

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Think. Write. Then send your work to “Hokuloa” journal of thought

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Chris Bresee Art Show invites viewers into a children’s book world

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“Noises off” well worth the weekend time

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Men’s basketball wins first exhibition home game of the season

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NOTE WORTHY NEWS HEADLINES

BYU-Hawaii has the unique opportunity to hear from Clark Gilbert, president and CEO of Deseret News and Deseret Media. For anyone interested in journalism or media, come hear him speak on the topic of, “Implications for Digital Media, Education, and the LDS Church.” The forum will be on Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Aloha Center 155/165. In honor of the temple rededication, youth across the island will be participating in a Cultural Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. This event will celebrate culture and history of the island of Hawaii, which will be performed through dance and music. The evening performance will be broadcast to all meetinghouses in Hawaii. For an evening of celebration, come to the Stake Center at 6 p.m. on campus to watch the performance.

An airport traveler who famously resisted a fullbody scan and groin check with the words “If you touch my junk, I’ll have you arrested” has become an Internet sensation, tapping into rising frustration over increasingly invasive searches. John Tyner’s online account — complete with cellphone video of the encounter — has helped fuel a campaign urging travelers to decline the body scans next week during the busiest travel day of the year. Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle was one of the more than 43,000 visitors to tour the La‘ie Temple during its three-week open house period. Lingle’s tour was led by President Steven Wheelwright. She called the opportunity to see the temple’s interior “a great privilege.”

Photo by Bart Jolley

NOTEWORTHY NAME: LA‘IE TEMPLE WHY IT’S NOTEWORTHY: After two years of remodeling, the La‘ie Temple

will be rededicated Sunday, Nov. 21. There will be three dedication sessions held at 9:00 a.m., noon, and 3:00 p.m. Church members 8 years and older may attend. Those members with current temple recommends will use their recommends to gain access to the sessions, and those with limited-use recommends or with no recommend may obtain a ‘Temple Rededication Recommend’ from their bishops. There are a very limited number of special invitations to attend the rededication session on site at the temple. The 11 stake presidents of the La‘ie Temple District are responsible for the distribution of these special invitations. For more information, visit laiehawaiitemple.org. – C ARRIE COLLINGRIDGE

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Contestants in Brainstorm show their enthusiasm. Photo by Aaron Knudsen

Victorious Secret wins Brainstorm I timidly approached the cold, remote table late Thursday night to sit among my eclectic teammates. Fearfully, I explained how I was here primarily as a journalist, looking to get first-hand experience. I observed my distracted teammates as they scouted their prey. No one expected quiet Victorious Secret, who sat

honors program Needs Your THOUGHTS The BYU-Hawaii Honors Program is currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2010 issue of “Hokuloa: A Journal of Thought.” The journal is a collection of original writings and photography submitted by BYU-H students. This semester’s theme is “Shrinking Universe.” 4

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beside us and kept to themselves, would be the Brainstorm champions. Answers to trivia questions were scribbled onto half sheets of eco-friendly, recycled flyers while the menacing, immense timer behind host Randal Allred counted down. Tables were scattered with popcorn

“We live in a time when everything is accessible—culture, language, food, art. The world isn’t this huge place anymore. We want students to submit work that defines what a ‘Shrinking Universe’ means to them,” said Editor-in-chief Stephanie Bravo, a junior from Seattle, Wash. majoring in business. “Hokuloa” is a Hawaiian word for the morning and evening star, or Venus, which ancient Hawaiians looked to as a guide. According to Winter 2010’s publication, “It is the goal of the ‘Hokuloa’ to publish intellectual ideas and thoughts that one can look to for inspiration and leadership.”

and markers and scribbled-upon papers. This was serious business. Rachel Wynder, Daniel Malinconico and Joshua Jensen welcomed me into their spontaneously formed group for the Honors Program’s Brainstorm - a battle of wits - with enthusiasm. Each of us housed unique knowledge in our competition-ready brains. My contribution of the evening was that I knew Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia and the Olmecs were a Mesoamerican people that are referred to as ‘rubber people.’ Thank you high school world history! During this battle of wits, random participants were selected to answer questions about campus. Those who were able to answer swifter than their opponent won splendid prizes; like a T-shirt, or a Jamba Juice gift card! But alas, luck of the draw resulted in me receiving an Honors Program T-shirt, which I shall, of course, wear with pride. The good prizes went to the winning team, Victorious Secret. Each member received gift cards to not only La’ie Palms Cinema, but also Surfin’ Tacos. - m ARGARE T j ohnson

“It is our hope that the thoughts of these students will spark deeper thoughts by those who read, and that those thoughts may turn into conversations to bring change. Perhaps the challenge will only be in the mind of one person; if so, our journal will have achieved its purpose as a guide for free thinking and higher learning,” reads the last edition’s Editor’s Note. “Hokuloa” is open for writing and photography submissions until Friday, Nov. 19. E-mail both questions and submissions to hokuloa2010@gmail.com. -TAYLOR RIP P Y


Cast of Noises Off perform the comedic story of a play about a play. Photo courtesy of Dwight Miller

hats off to ‘noises off’ The cast of “Noises Off” opened to an enthusiastic crowd Nov. 11 and received great reviews. The show continued for the next three days for a nearly full auditorium. “This show was hilarious. It was clever and entertaining, said Dezirae Pauga, a junior in History from Lakewood Colorado. To be completely honest, I didn’t really know what to expect at the beginning of the show but I was cracking up throughout the entire play. The humor was so clever and effective. I think the crowd really enjoyed it as well.”

“Noises Off” is a play written by Michael Frayn. The production is a story of a play within a play. It goes through the production outline of a play from dress rehearsal to performance. “Noises Off” contained witty dialogue and outrageously eccentric characters. These characters include Frederic Fellows, who fears violence and blood and spends half his time with his trousers off and the clueless air head diva, Brook. Act I is set at the dress rehearsal the night before opening at the Grand The-

atre. The missed lines, cues, and a malfunctioning sardine prop, illustrate a hilariously dysfunctional cast getting ready for opening night. Act II portrays an actual performance one month later. In this act the play is seen from backstage, providing a view that reveals the deteriorating relationships among the cast that have led to a chaotic “on-stage” performance as well as a tragically funny “backstage.” It eventually ends with the “director” of the show finally pulling the curtain. “The second act was so funny. I could not stop laughing. People trying to kill each other, the alcoholics. And what is up with the sardines?” asked Austin Choi, freshman of international business management major from Calif. In Act III, we see a performance near the end of the 10-week run. The relationships of the actors in the play are so dysfunctional at this point that the actors are blundering and trudging through their lines waiting for the play to be over. Kylee Morrison, a freshman of inter-disciplinary studies for Idaho, played Brook. Morrinson said, “The whole experience was awesome. We started rehearsing middle of September and we had a great time. We had never performed the play with an audience so it was so nice to hear the appropriate reaction and vibe off the energy.” Tessa Brady, a junior in music from Portland, Ore. agrees with Morrison. Tessa said, “My favorite part about a production like this is all the hard work finally paying off as we perform and connect with the audience. To laugh with them, to perform with them was so fun.” Brady, who plays Dotty, recalls one of her favorite on-stage glitches. She said, “In one of the scenes, the prop phone line is supposed to be connected but it wasn’t. I picked up the phone and the line came with it and the audience laughed. They probably thought that it was supposed to happen that way.”

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Within a week and a half of being posted on YouTube, “Huge Bike Jump into a Pond 35 feet in the air” had garnered half a million views. One month later, the short clip filmed in Alpine, Utah, has 740,000 hits and counting. The video, directed and edited by Oregon native, Devin Graham, is only one of his numerous creative projects. A Brigham Young University Media Art Studies Film student, Devin is currently living in Hauula working on a documentary about the late water photographer Jon Mozo. Devin visited the island during the summer to shoot a commercial for BYU Independent Study. The day after he returned to Utah, Devin received a phone call from a BYUH student, asking if he would be interested in heading the Mozo project. He jumped at the opportunity, because, as he explained, “I was looking for a reason to come back, but I had to feel like I was progressing forward. It was the perfect reason.” He continued, “[Jon Mozo’s] story appealed to me ... Jon was all about capturing what no one else could capture. He was super passionate about his work, and a lot of the elements he had, I want to see in myself. “... I like the ability I have as a filmmaker to connect with peoples’ emotions. Film allows you to let the audience experience something they have never experienced, and to change the way people see and interpret the world.”

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Oregon native Devin Graham is quickly rising to stardom for his creativity. Photos courtesy of Devin Graham


Graham grew up behind a camera. He broke several of his parents’ camcorders in his youth, always testing how far he could push them. He further developed his talent in high school, where he spent four years taking photography classes, and working as yearbook photographer. Outside of the classroom he enjoyed crafting snowboarding videos starring his friends. Despite his avid interest in film making, Devin originally planned to run competitively in college, and eventually race professionally. After breaking his back and his leg snowboarding, he was forced to change his plans. “I’ve always loved video and filming, and it just made sense to start doing that,” said Graham. Devin’s talent and passion for film has created countless opportunities since he graduated from high school. After serving an LDS mission, he started doing wedding videos and engagement photography as well as camping and hiking videos. He became the head of the video department at Clackamas Community College in Oregon and his professors began recommending him to people throughout the state. Since transferring to BYU, Devin has done freelance work for Microsoft, Orabrush, Binaca, Flip Cameras, Utah Tourism, Tahitian Noni, and Xocai Chocolates, amongst others. He’s helped create music videos for Passion Pit, Joshua James, Allred, and Love You Long Time.

His work with Orabrush, creating YouTube videos as the company’s sole form of advertising, made Devin realize that anyone who has talent can use YouTube to get their name out there. “I put all my focus on YouTube now ... It has allowed me to expose myself, not to a small community, but to the world,” said Graham. Since he has started posting videos, Devin has had job offers in Australia and England. Companies have contacted him with sponsorships and offers for free equipment. When it comes down to it, filmmaking, for Devin, has never been about the money. “We as humans are always telling stories—whenever we talk, it’s stories that connect us ... As a filmmaker, all I’m doing is trying to connect with the audience. “As I do that, I get to understand myself better. Some of my most spiritual experiences have been working on a movie, and as I’m trying to tell a story, I see something about myself that I didn’t see before. “I guess the biggest thing I’ve learned from it all, is anything you want in life, you can have. Any dream you have, you can achieve. I’ve worked on stories of people who didn’t’ have anything, took on the world, and got what they wanted. “Just pursue what you love to do, regardless of what people tell you,” which is exactly what Devin Graham is doing. - am y h an so n

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‘ P ot o f stew ’ : I n s pired b y a f a mily of f r ogs

A yuletide aura greeted patrons of student artist Chris Bresee’s art exhibition. Images included members of the frog family and a trail of “frog stockings.” Photo by Monique Saenz.

nected with the joy conveyed in the trailer as they continued on to view Bresee’s paintings. The artwork maintains a color The chilled air of the Mckay Auditorium scheme of warm, rich yellows and rusts with lobby complimented the aura of student artist illustrations of fantastical creatures including Chris Bresee’s senior art exhibition, “Pot of “Vladimir Ivanov,” a turbaned warthog with Stew,” as patrons were greeted with scents a menacing stare. Along with Vladimir, other of pine, visions of evergreen, and the visual characters include a trio of owls clad in shirts warmth of his homey pieces that donned the and ties, each with a quizzical expression, display walls. whom Bresee calls “The Pellet Brothers.” Opening night offered patrons Witty captions near individual candy canes upon entrance to the show, paintings provide a glimpse into the story, where Bresee’s paintings and an animated which is narrated by the son of the frog video short introduced viewers to the tale family. “I don’t know why my Dad kept a of a family of frogs. The story focused on picture of this old cuss. He used to scare the relationship between frog son and frog me,” reads the caption beneath the painting father. The short trailer depicts the silhouette of Vladimir the warthog, which is adjacent to of a father frog making his way home in the the frogs’ family portrait. midst of a blizzard. Christmas music plays as “The paintings on the walls here he struggles against the chill until the screen are the paintings on the walls of the frog goes black—a door is heard opening and a family’s house in the animation,” explained young voice excitedly yelps, “Daddy!” Bresee who hails from El Cajon, Calif. Assessing the smiley expressions of Bresee said the inspiration came those in the lobby, audience members con-

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from a book he began writing titled, “When Mom Is Away” about the trouble he and his son get into when Bresee’s wife is away. “I sat down and wrote everything out first, sketched it out, and went from there,” he commented. The sensation of yuletide greetings was enhanced by a trail of “frog stockings” created by Bresee’s wife that were delicately hung askew in the exhibit. “I’ve drawn my whole life, but painting was like being a chiropractor trying to do surgery,” he laughs. Upon graduating in April, he hopes to find a job working for an animation company. A friend of Bresee Erik Fenenbock of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, toured the exhibit. The senior in international cultural studies, who also harbors a love for the arts, was impressed by Bresee’s work. “This has been done very very well. I actually didn’t expect to see this, but it’s so Chris. It’s a very unique way to communicate artistic skill and technique with his unique style.” -taylor rip p y


Surfers raise their arms in honor of the late Andy Irons during a paddle out memorial service. Many BYUH students admired the Hawaii local surfer. Photo by AP

Champion surfer from Hawaii dies at age 32 The unexpected and mysterious death of surfing champion Andy Irons has left the tightknit surfing world saddened and stunned. When asked how he felt about receiving the news of the death of Irons, Jordan Berardy, a junior English major from Hawaii Kai, said, “It’s so strange to think that a young legend like him is dead. You kind of just think that people like that can never die.” From the waters of Puerto Rico to his home state of Hawaii, tributes poured out for the three-time world champion and soonto-be father, who was found dead in his hotel bed Tuesday in the Dallas area. A police report released Wednesday said the prescription drugs Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, and the sleeping aid Ambien were found in Irons’s hotel room. There were no signs of trauma or foul play. Irons was on a layover en route to his home on Kauai. He was returning from Puerto Rico, where he was supposed to compete in the 2010 Rip Curl Pro Search. However he withdrew Sunday, telling tournament organizers that he had become ill during an event in Portugal. Billabong, one of Irons’s main sponsors, made an official statement that Irons was suffering from Dengue Fever— which was believed to be the original cause of his death.

The 32-year-old surfer won world championships in 2002, ‘03 and ‘04, and was a four-time winner of the prestigious Vans Triple Crown of Surfing. Professionally, Irons was a fierce competitor and known for his rivalry with nine-time world champion Kelly Slater. Out of the water, Irons was remembered as a humble person who loved Hawaii. He also was intensely devoted to his family, friends and fans. Slater said, “Although he and I butted heads a lot a few years ago, I have so many good memories of Andy and we have become pretty good friends since… We’re just baffled that he’s gone.” A somber feeling prevailed along the North Shore of Oahu once the news broke that Irons had passed. Fellow surfers and friends said prayers near the shore, meditated, and expressed their love and appreciation for Irons in their own ways. Many BYUH students also showed their respects for Irons over Facebook. Sophomore business marketing major Trey Fortucci of Kahuku is a member of the BYUH golf team, and avid surfer, and

an employee for Turtle Bay Golf Course. He said of Irons, “I’ve gotten to know Andy over the past few years through golfing at T-Bay and his death is such a painful loss… When I first heard that he had died, it didn’t register in my mind for quite a while. It made no sense. His death was not only a loss to surfing, but a loss to the entire world as he was a mentor and idol for many groms.” BYUH Alumnus Stuart Johnson from Whittier, Calif. said, “I’ve been in the line-up with Andy on several occasions up on North Shore, and being in the water with him was always such a mind-blowing experience... Being in the water with him made you realize that he was a real person just out surfing like the rest of the people who love it... He will truly be missed.”

-AARON P U ZE Y

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Men defeat Chinese opponents, Taiyun University The men’s basketball team won their first exhibition home game of the season against Taiyun University of China 94-71. Marques Whippy led with 25 points and 15 rebounds for the Seasiders. After a slow first half, BYUH picked up momentum thanks to other contributors including Cory Chase, Jake Dastrup, and Jet Chang who combined for 43 points. The game was very physical; the officiating staff called it differently than those in Provo last week. “It was like a cross between rugby and basketball the whole game. It was fun,” said David Zant, a sophomore from Texas majoring in biology. In the first half BYUH led by just nine points, 39-30. In the second half the Seasiders came back and blasted Taiyun with a 31-5 run, setting things at 70-35. From this point the Seasiders’ subs came out fresh and maintained the lead to finish with a 23-point win. When asked if the Chinese team was what he expected, Dastrup responded, “They came out really fired up, I don’t think we were ready for that.” “We had a lot more energy tonight, we did the little things, and our defense was key,” Sequan Lawrence said. Looking ahead towards the upcoming conference games Coach Wagner said, “Our conference is strong this year, but we will do well if we can rebound and play good defense. I’m excited to get the season underway. We will get better and better as the year goes on.” -nat h an pac k er

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Women’s basketball loses to college bbalL Vets Me n s ’ b a s ke tb a l l BYU H vs . Ta i y u n 94-71 wi n W om e n s ’ b a s ke tb a l l N o v . 9th e x h i b i ti on ga m e BYU H vs . D . On e 75-50 l os s

Experience got the best of the BYU-Hawaii women’s basketball team Tuesday, Nov.9. The Lady Seasiders lost the exhibition game 75-50 against a team made up of former island college athletes called D.One. The match was simply a warm up for the upcoming season for the Seasiders and will not count against their conference record or season record. The seasoned D.One team ran off to an early lead and never looked back, reaching a score of 43-22 at half time. Leading the Seasiders was freshman Lauren Smith with 14 points and seven rebounds. Erin Dastrup earned eight points and came up with four rebounds, while Kristen Hartley had six points and five rebounds in the loss. The game, no doubt, will be a learning curve for the Seasiders. Often the first game in a given season for most sports teams is a new experience. Game play is always much different than practice. The pace of the game is faster, which results in unexpected turnovers and miscommunication. The Seasiders played against players who have “been there and done that” at a college level. They were veterans to the court and were familiar with each other’s style of play. Several of the Seasider girls were new to the court and were getting their first-game nerves worked out in preparation for the upcoming season.

-j esse man scill

Jet Chang prepares for a freethrow. Photo by Meghan Harrison


Sports Wom e n ’ s s o c c e r lo se s t o U C SD , wins aw ar d s

Even though the game didn’t go the Seasiders way, they still have a lot to be proud of. Abbie Lever said, “We had a good season! We went farther than any other team in the Pac West. We are proud of what we Our BYU-Hawaii women’s soccer team ended have accomplished. We came a long way to get where we were. We are happy with their record season against UC San Diego ourselves.” at the Waipio Soccer Complex on Saturday, Throughout the season the women’s Nov. 13. After battling hard all game, the team has gained regional and national recSeasiders fell victim to the visiting Tritons ognition. BYU-Hawaii was ranked as high by just one goal, losing 1-0. The Seasiders ended their season with an outstanding 14-2- as seventh in the nation and first in the Western Region. Additionally, the Seasiders 2 record. boast an 18th-place ranking in scoring offense, The only goal of the game came in the fifteenth minute off a corner that was according to the NCAA, scoring 45 goals in directly headed in the net by UC San Diego. 17 games. Furthermore, the womens’ defense Despite battling all game, the Seasiders could never make up the deficit. The Seasiders were proved to be outstanding, having just 8 goals scored on them all season, placing them 8th outshot 12-7 and gave up 15 corner kicks.

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in the nation in that aspect. There have been individual recognitions as well for BYU-Hawaii. Junior defender Kami Strait, senior forward Natasha Aiono, senior forward Emily Mearns, freshman forward Kim Micheletti, and freshman goalkeeper Megan McCain, all received the nod for All-Conference First Team. Additionally, the team’s head coach, Carolyn Theurer, earned “Coach of the Year” for leading the Seasiders to a championship season. McCain earned “Goalkeeper of the Year” for her stunning performance between the pipes, while Micheletti snagged “Freshman of the Year” for her contributions up top as a forward. Brenna Rhoads and Lauren Wang both received honorable mentions for the Seasiders in the midfield.

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Volleyball moves to NCAA II tournament Hopes became a reality last Friday, Nov. 12, when the Lady Seasiders earned a hardfought win over the top-ranked UH-Hilo Vulcans. It was a pivotal game because in order to move into the NCAA II national tournament, BYUH had to beat UH-Hilo one day and Chaminade the next day. In addition, UH-Hilo had to lose to HPU. The Seasiders took care of UH-Hilo 3-1 and Chaminade 3-0. HPU came through and served up another 3-1 defeat for UHHilo, which pushed BYUH into the tournament as the eighth seed. The Friday, Nov. 12 game was well attended, the rallies were long, and the competition was fierce. With 41 total kills, Losaline Faka’osi, Julia Becker, Tanza Tupola and Tara Huckvale were too much for the Vulcans. On the other side of the ball Tanza Tupola had 5 key blocks and Nobuku Kotoyori led with 28 digs. The Seasiders lost the first game 17-25 but rebounded in the next games. “We got used to it in the first game, then just played like we had nothing to lose,” said Losaline Faka’osi. The Seasiders came out and played lights-out volleyball from the second game on. The second

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game was close until a 5-0 Seasider run and another 4-0 run towards the end of the game led up to a 25-18 win. In the third game, the momentum stayed with the home team and UH-Hilo called a desperation time-out after a monster block by Tanza Tupola and Losaline Faka’osi that got the crowd on their feet. The Seasiders continued to heat up throughout the third game and finished it at 25-15.   The fourth game was the closest. “We played with a lot of heart, both teams were stretched and Hilo played with a lot of heart too” said Coach Navalta. This game was back and forth the entire time. The score was tied 14 times. After four kills almost consecutively by Kawena Cubi-Otineru of UH-Hilo, BYUH trailed 18-22. But after four kills of our own, things were tied up at 2323, then tied at 25-25 and 26-26. In this time our strongest offensive player, Losaline Faka’osi, came down from a hit on her teammate’s foot and collapsed with a sprained ankle. She got up, tightened her ankle brace, limped back into position and told Coach Navalta “I’m fine.” Lauren Miller had the next kill and Julia Becker put the last ball away thanks to a set from Losa-

Tara Huckvale and Lauren Hagemeyer celebrate with teammates. Photo by Meghan Harrison

line to dismiss UH-Hilo for the win at 28-26. Needless to say everyone in the building was on their feet and making lots of noise. “I was relieved because I actually fell on the ground because of my ankle,” said Faka’osi, talking about seeing Julia Becker’s final kill drop into the corner for the win. When asked if the night’s game was what he expected, Steve Huseman, a junior majoring in exercise and sports science from California, said, “It wasn’t. It was cool to see them rally together with a make-it-or-break-it mentality.” Coach Navalta ended by saying, “We played relaxed and smart. I’m proud of the girls.” The first tournament game will be in California on Thursday, Nov. 18 against Cal State San Bernardino. 

-NATHAN P ACKE R

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