Early De­ci­sion Al­lows Stu­dent To Fo­cus On Se­nior Sea­son

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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.

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