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Alta's Kealia Ohai named to Parade's All America team

Published June 15, 2010 10:31 pm

Striker headed to North Carolina, where soccer stars are made.
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Ticker tape isn't something we do out here in the wilds of the Wasatch, but Alta soccer star Kealia Ohai gets a different kind of Parade .

She was named to the magazine's All-America team in its Sunday issue.

Really, the accolades just keep piling up. Ohai is headed for North Carolina -- the nation's best women's soccer program -- and has been named a national player of the year by two coaching organizations, and was The Tribune 's 5A MVP. She won four state championships with Alta and led the state in scoring for five years.

"I'm a little biased," Alta coach Lee Mitchell said, "but I think she's the best girl soccer player, female athlete, that's come out of the state of Utah."

Ohai has also played on the U-18 women's national team, so the Olympics aren't out of reach. First she heads to Chapel Hill, where the Tar Heels store their 19 national championship trophies on a campus that put such stars as Mia Hamm on the soccer map.

"She's going to have to work hard because they get the best of the best," Mitchell said. "But I think she's going to be just fine. She has a good work ethic, she's very coachable, so the little I know about Anson Dorrance, the coach there, he likes what he's seen."






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