Cas­tle’s Lane Clinches Cham­i­nade Soc­cer Schol­ar­ship

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

Cas­tle se­nior Brandee Lane is what might be called a quick study. Cer­tainly, when she took up soc­cer three years ago, con­tin­u­ing with it in col­lege was not some­thing she had en­vi­sioned.

“I didn’t re­ally play sports when I was lit­tle — I just started play­ing soc­cer as a fresh­man,” Lane ad­mit­ted.

A field player dur­ing that 2011-12 sea­son, Lane soon was shifted to goal­keeper for her ju­nior year.

“I also was play­ing soft­ball, and I think they thought I could catch things, but I had a hard time with it and I didn’t like it at all,” she added.

Lane’s feel­ings have changed con­sid­er­ably since, hav­ing de­vel­oped into one of the state’s top goal­keep­ers over the past two years. Cas­tle went 16-8-3 the last two years un­der head coach Mil­lie Dadasco, in­clud­ing an ap­pear­ance in Out­rig­ger Ho­tels and Re­sorts Hawaii Di­vi­sion I State Cham­pi­onships in 201314. Lane’s ef­forts did not go un­no­ticed, as she re­cently signed her let­ter of in­tent to at­tend Cham­i­nade on a soc­cer schol­ar­ship, by­pass­ing of­fers from Main­land col­leges.

“It was a re­ally big de­ci­sion,” said Lane. “I didn’t know if I wanted to go away or not, but it will be nice to stay home and rep­re­sent our state.”

The Sil­ver­sword pro­gram also is on the rise un­der sec­ond-year head coach Michelle Richard­son, for­merly coach at Kalani.

“She’s so easy to talk to; it made me feel real wel­come. Two of our as­sis­tant coaches are from Cham­i­nade, too, and be­ing around them made me feel more com­fort­able that I’m go­ing there.”

Lane, who is pre­par­ing for her se­nior soft­ball sea­son with the Knights, re­cently took some time away from the prac­tice field and her stud­ies to visit with Mid­Week’s Wind­ward Is­lan­der.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on you in your life? My dad (the late Greg Lane). He passed away a year ago. He al­ways sup­ported me and helped me to build my char­ac­ter. Soft­ball was where we con­nected be­cause he had been a base­ball player and a soft­ball player, but when I made soc­cer my main sport, he told me he would sup­port me in any­thing I do.

What area of your game will you fo­cus on dur­ing the off-sea­son to get ready for col­lege? Prob­a­bly my phys­i­cal and men­tal con­di­tion­ing. There’s a big gap be­tween high school and col­lege. It will be more in­tense, and it is go­ing to be hard both men­tally and phys­i­cally.

What’s the most im­por­tant thing you’ve learned through ath­let­ics? It would have to be my char­ac­ter. How you carry your­self off the field is big with me. For me, even if you are a good ath­lete, it al­ways comes back to your char­ac­ter.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? Prob­a­bly Instagram. It makes me feel up­dated with my friends. I can see what they’re up to, es­pe­cially if I haven’t talked to them in a while.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? I don’t have a prob­lem with them, but maybe clean­ing up af­ter the dog.

If you were plan­ning a trip, what would be your des­ti­na­tion of choice? Paris.

What movie could you watch over and over? Kings­man, which just came out.

Who are three of your fa­vorite mu­si­cal artists? Ed Sheeran, Tyga and Drake.

When you have free time, how do you like to spend it? I like to play mu­sic. I play the gui­tar, the ukulele and the pi­ano or key­board. I also sing — kind of.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe. You can have an end­less sup­ply of one food. What would it be? It would have to be sushi. I love sushi.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you most like to meet? (Pro­fes­sional soc­cer player) Hope Solo.

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