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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Softball Player Chooses BYU
(Keohohou Builds 3 Bags at a Time)
Los Angeles Times pg11 10May00 S2
By Paige A. Leech

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA -- High school softball standout Oli Keohohou of Newbury Park High has chosed to play for BYU next year, adding her talents to BYU's 2nd year in women's softball and disappointing top-ranked Washington. But before she gets there, Keohohou hopes to set a state record for triples.

Keohohou, an LDS Church member, was named the Los Angeles Times' 1999 Ventura County player of the year, and is on track to break the state record for triples this year. She has accumulated 29 career triples so far, just three short of a record set by Kirsten Kroner of Concord, Califorina in 1987. She has already hit four triples this season, and has hit as many as 10 in a season, setting the single-season record for the state.

The decision to attend BYU instead of Washington or No.9 California or Hawaii may seem strange. All three schools, which have mature softball programs expressed interest in Keohohou. But she opted instead for BYU, which is currently in its first year of Division I women's softball. "I just like it [at BYU]," she said. "It felt comfortable. I didn't feel like it is so softball oriented there. I don't want my whole life centered around softball."


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