Softball Inks Hawai'i Power Nohara

Written by: NMSU Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The New Mexico State softball associate head coach Cat Heifner announce, Thursday, Aug. 21, that Randolyn "Hoku" Nohara has signed a scholarship to attend school and play for the Aggies this fall.

Nohara, known as "Hoku" is a 5-7 power-hitting infielder from Hononlulu, Hawai'i and a 2007 graduate of Kamehameha High School where she led the Kapalama's to the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH) Championship and a fifth place finish at state.

Coach Heifner said that Hoku is a world class athlete and is expected to make an immediate impact in the program.

"She may be the most powerful athlete I've ever coached," Heifner said. "Her strength and quickness are a direct result of her incredible work ethic and desire to excel at the highest level. Her discipline and tenacity will serve her well as she enters a new chapter in her athletic career."

Throughout her senior campaign, Hoku batted a solid .537 with a slugging percentage of 1.002. She drove in 17 runs, hit two homers, five triples and four doubles. She also tabbed first team honors from the Honolulu Start Bulletin and picked second team for the Honolulu Advertiser.

For four straight years, Hoku was a force to reckon with on the mat, she is a four-time state champion in wrestling and carried her squad to back-to-back ILH Championship and a two-time state champion in Judo.

Hoku is also a 13-time world record holder in bench press, putting up a total of 314 pounds and racking 407 pounds in the dead lift.

"We are thrilled to add Hoku to what I feel may be the most successful softball team in the history of NMSU softball" Heifner said.

Hoku is the seventh newest addition to the Aggie softball program and will join Kylie Randall, Brittany Clifton, Kristen Marris, Ashley Maroda, Kandis Jones and sophomore transfer Dani Fagan, along with the 16 returnees in the fall.