Special Olympics athletes ran through the streets of Kaunakakai Saturday morning with a torch carrier leading the way and police, fire fighters and other community members at their side. Fire trucks and police cars added to the excitement as the Saturday Market crowed cheered on Molokai’s impassioned athletes and their supporters.
Held for the first time on Molokai, the Troy Barboza Law Enforcement Torch Run aimed to bring support and awareness to Special Olympics, and the money raised through T-shirt sales stayed on Molokai to support local athletes. The event has been hosted on Maui by the Maui Police Department since 1990.…
Molokai High School tennis duo Pono Chow and Kamaunu Pascua joined the ranks of Hawaii’s top athletes as they competed in the Hawaii High School Athletics Association state tournament last weekend.
The MIL doubles champions drew first-seeded Punahou School players, who dominated the May 2 match 6-0, 6-0. Though Chow and Pascua didn’t return home with a win, they were able to represent Molokai at a state tennis match for the first time in Molokai High’s history and experienced competition at that level.
“The tournament was awesome,” Pascua said. “Even though we lost the first game, it’s good to see how much higher the caliber is at the state level compared to the MIL.”
Pascua, a graduating senior, played tennis three months at a time for three years before competing against players who grew up in the game.…
By Sue Forbes
Molokai 5K team members from Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter Schools placed first through nineth in their respective age group categories at the third annual Honolulu 5K for Kids on Sunday, April 28. Rafael Adolpho led the charge for the Molokai team, claiming first place in the boy’s 11-12 age division. Adolpho ran a personal record of 21:49 on the flat and fast downtown course.
Taking second and third for Molokai in the girl’s 9-10 category, Keahe Ross and Kapili`ula Naehu whipped through the course in 26:10 and 26:48, respectively. Fourth for Molokai in the boy’s 9-10 category, CJ Adolpho ran another P.R.…
The Molokai High School baseball team was down by four with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. It was the championship game of the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II tournament against Seabury Hall April 26. Five runs stood between the Farmers and the MIL title that would take them to States.
Coach Mike McCutcheon said the team was not nervous as they fought for the title in the final moments of the game, and they were not surprised when they claimed the victory.
“Our team stuck together,” he said. “We ended up rallying to score the five runs and win the ball game.”
McCutcheon said despite the slow start and early mistakes, everything fell into place for the farmers.…
Molokai High School Baseball and Softball teams both finished their regular seasons at the top of their league as they swing for a regional title.
Lady Farmers Softball won the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II championships last weekend and MHS Baseball will compete for the title this weekend on Maui.
The girls secured a spot at states thanks to an 18-1 win against St. Anthony’s School last Thursday that put the team at the top of their league for the season. They carried the winning streak into the MIL DII championship at the tournament last weekend and will return to Maui May 2 for the HHSAA State tournament.…
Molokai High School tennis players Pono Chow and Kamanu Pascua went into their final game of the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) championship match last Saturday against King Kekaulike. With one win for each team and 300 spectators surrounding the court, this final game could put Chow and Pascua in the Molokai history books as the island’s first MIL tennis champions.
“I just kept telling myself and my partner that we have to win – we just have to,” said Chow. “We played hard to the end and we won.”
Boys’ tennis coach Pono Asano said when he met with Chow and Pascua before the final game, the first thing out of the players’ mouths was “I won’t quit.”
“That mentality speaks volumes,” Asano said.…
MHS Athletic Staff
The Molokai High School Lady Farmers Softball Team split a pair of games two weeks ago with the Lady Dragons from Hana and then won the series by taking the tiebreaker.
Amanda Venegas-Makaiwi went the distance for Molokai in the opener and picked up the win in an 11-5 victory. Venegas-Makaiwi gave up five hits and struck out five in seven innings of work. She walked six and hit one Hana batter.
A misplayed fly ball put the Lady Dragons up by a run in the top of the first but the Farmers took advantage of four Hana errors to score four runs without the benefit of a hit. Molokai tallied five more runs in the third as Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe opened the inning with a single. Keala Kalipi followed by drawing a base on balls, Esther Lopez gained life on an error, and Kysha Kawano drew another walk to score Espiritu-Tanabe. Khaylie Adachi followed with another single to drive in another run and Kapua Lee’s singled drove in the final run of the inning.…
Molokai Southside Boxing News Release
The 2013 Hawaii State Regional Junior Olympic Boxing Championships were March 16 and 17 at Palolo Gym. On the first day of the competition, Molokai Southside Boxing Club’s 13 year-old Kekaiomalu Adachi weighed in at 110 pounds and fought hard in three one-minute rounds, coming up short in points against 14-year-old Matthew Perez of BoxFit808. Later, 16-year-old Hunter Manaba weighed in at 141 pounds, defeating 15 year-old Charles Naone of Pearlside Boxing Club in a non-tournament but sanctioned match. Hunter advanced to the finals and will represent Team Hawaii in the upcoming National Junior Olympics.
On day two, 15-year-old Michaiah Soares weighed in at 154 pounds and fought three tough two-minute rounds against Waipahu’s seasoned15-year-old Kekoa Balasi; with only a few seconds left in round three, the contest was stopped.…
Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter schools news release
Rain clouds parted this weekend for the second race in the Kualapu’u Charter and Molokai Middle schools 5K series. Racing under cool, wet road conditions, MHS basketball standout Kaimana Kahale pulled away from MMS honor student Kaina Adolpho shortly after the mid-point turnaround. The two runners finished first in their respective divisions with times of 21:25 and 22:18. Winning first in the elementary school division was first-time contender Bucky James Torres who had an impressive debut, running 26:16 for the 3.1 mile course.
For the women, the duel continued between Jessie Ford and Sue Forbes, with Sue attributing her win to foregoing libations and an early night’s sleep.…
Molokai Middle and Kualapu`u Charter schools news release
The first 5K in the Kualapu’u Charter and Molokai Middle School series of five 5K’s went off without a hitch this Saturday with over 40 participants – racers, runners and walkers – taking on the three-mile challenge from Coffees of Hawai`i to Ala Ekahi and back.
Taking first place overall was Molokai High School track standout Akona Adolpho, winning in a time of 20:07. Second and third places went to fellow MHS teammates: Hunter Manaba with a time of 21:50 and Grayson Aldridge with a time of 22:08. In the women’s open division, Sue Forbes and Jesse Ford continued their three-year duel with Sue managing to outlast her longtime rival and friend. Their times were 22:28 and 24:04, respectively. Third place in the women’s division went to high school sophomore Kristin Tancayo who finished in 30:58.…