Haliburton-Goeas Will Play For Sea Warriors Come Fall
a baseball scholarship during the NCAA’s early-signing period.
“It’s going to be a good experience for me,” said Haliburton-Goeas, a shortstop/pitcher.“God has a plan for me — he has a plan for everybody — and mine is to go to HPU.”
Haliburton-Goeas’s commitment to HPU ended a whirlwind recruitment, which picked up momentum after he had an impressive showing with Team Hawaii at the Arizona Fall Classic. Team Hawaii is an all-star baseball team coached by Ewa resident Duane Eldredge, which travels to the Mainland every fall. The exposure players receive from playing for the team is unmatched and helps Hawaii kids receive scholarships. That was true for HaliburtonGoeas, who had “about three schools talking to me” before his showing in Arizona.
As his recruitment picked up, his list soon included Willamette University, UCDavis, Oregon, Occidental College, Menlo College and Graceland University in addition to HPU. His grades — he’s in National Honor Society — also gave him more options.
He hopes to be a physical therapist someday but admits the baseball program figured big in his decision.
“Tre’s baby is baseball,” said his mother, Lori. “My baby was him going to a college that had his (physical therapy) program. Baseball is a fun sport, but even pro players don’t play baseball forever. You have to be able to fall back on something.”
Added Tre: “I had really wanted to go away — some