Early Decision Allows Student To Focus On Senior Season
distractions that go with being recruited.
“It definitely took a lot of stress off ofmy shoulders,” he admitted. “Now I’m set for after high school.”
Tre’s mom, who is a teacher at Kapolei Elementary, also felt a sense of relief when his decision was made.
“It was incredibly stressful,” she said.“My husband and I had no doubt he would go away for college, and we were preparing for that.”
Another issue factored in. Both of his grandparents were recently diagnosed with stage-four cancer, and their treatment is ongoing. “That was big,” he said. Haliburton-Goeas’s decision to pursue physical therapy studies came about in part because of a broken collar bone he suffered while playing for the Saint Louis football team in 2009. In coming back from his own injury, he made repeated visits to Mililani-based physical therapist Mimi Carvalho, in whom he found a mentor.
“It caught my interest,” he explained.
Haliburton-Goeas elected to skip football this fall to maximize his baseball potential.
“I’ve been working out every day preparing for next season (at Saint Louis),” he said.
It isn’t uncommon for freshmen to red-shirt for a year when they get to college so they can get acclimated, while still preserving four years of athletic eligibility and getting a jump on their academics. In Haliburton-Goeas’s case, he expects he will be in uniform as a freshman, foregoing a redshirt year.
“CoachYukumoto has told me I will be playing as a freshman,” he said.
Not to mention pursuing a physical therapy degree.