Defending league champion Molokai hasn’t lost any of last season’s momentum. Almost halfway through the season, the Lady Farmers’ basketball team is 6-0 and sits atop the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II standings.
Photo by Rick Schonely.
Molokai defeated second-place Lanai (3-3) twice last weekend at The Barn, squeaking past the Pine Lasses 48-45 on Friday and pounding out a 54-22 win on Saturday.
Lanai led at the end of the third quarter on Friday, but the Farmers wrapped up the win with a couple of free throws by Precious Rawlins with barely a second to go. Rawlins scored nine, while Lehiwa Pedro and Rebecka Adolpho had 12 points apiece.…
Molokai football player Ha`aloha Aikala-Falealii, far left, poses with Hawaii teammates after the Samoa Bowl. Photo courtesy of Kapua Aikala-Falealii.
Thanks to his athletic talents, his heritage and more than 170 chicken katsu plates, local boy Ha`aloha Tanielu Aikala-Falealii became the first Farmer to represent Molokai football in American Samoa. Aikala-Falealii, a senior at Molokai High School, was selected to play for Team Hawaii in the Samoa Bowl, an annual game that pits Hawaii’s best Samoan football players against American Samoa’s all-stars. In the Samoa Bowl XII on Dec. 27, Team American Samoa won, 12-6.
Part Hawaiian and part Samoan, Aikala-Falealii was able to honor both of his cultures in the Bowl, said his father, Sepulona Aikala-Falealii.…
Photo by Colleen Uechi.
Although the weather is turning colder, the Molokai winter sport athletes are just getting warmed up. With the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) winter season approaching, Molokai High’s teams are training to compete in basketball, paddling, swimming and wrestling. In the second of a two-part series, the Dispatch takes a look at these teams as they prepare to make their mark in the MIL.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball
The spotlight will be on Molokai basketball within the league this season. In February, the school will host the MIL Division II boys’ basketball tournament. Meanwhile, the girls will seek their third league title in a row and a place at the state championships.…
Although the weather is turning colder, the Molokai winter sport athletes are just getting warmed up. With the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) winter season approaching, Molokai High’s teams are training to compete in basketball, paddling, swimming and wrestling. In a two-part series, the Dispatch takes a look at these teams as they prepare to make their mark in the MIL.
This season, the boys’ and girls’ teams have 19 wrestlers apiece. The girls’ roster is rife with experience, with 11 returning wrestlers, while the boys’ team welcomes a relatively young squad that includes seven returning wrestlers and six freshmen.
“The number of returning girls makes us strong ‘cause we’ve got some experience to work with,” said Coach Randy Manley, who added that this year’s squad is the biggest girls’ team he’s ever seen from the school.…
Running back Alden Abafo picks up a few of his 120 total yards. Photo by Matthew Thayer of The Maui News.
In the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL)’s inaugural eight-player football championship, the Farmers brought it all: pinpoint passing, a lethal running game, a hard-charging defense. In the end, however, the Spartans’ record stayed perfect, as Seabury beat Molokai 44-34 to be crowned MIL champions last Thursday. The Farmers took second place.
“I couldn’t have asked for better effort,” said Molokai head coach Mike Kahale. “How can I be disappointed? I’m disappointed in the score but not disappointed in them as a team.…
From left to right: Girls’ Air Riflery Coach Chinky Hubbard, Hubbard’s wife Stefanie, Molokai boys’ shooter Michael Corpuz, Joshaviah Cabreros, Jershon Ka`alekahi, girls’ shooter Hi`ilani Kanuha, Cody Nip, Keahi Imakyure and Boys’ Coach Daniel Imakyure. Photo courtesy of Chinky Hubbard.
When Molokai’s history-making air riflery season came to an end, the Farmers were exactly where they wanted to be: at the state championship on Oahu. The MIL-champion Farmers shot their final competition last Tuesday, with the boys’ team coming in fifth out of seven boys’ teams and individual girls’ shooter Hi`ilani Kanuha finishing 50th in a field of 60.
“It was an eye opener and so much fun for the kids,” said girls’ coach Chinky Hubbard, who attended the state competition for the first time as a coach.…
Last year, cross country runner Luke Kikukawa was Molokai’s only representative at the state cross country championships, but this season, he didn’t have to go alone. He and four other teammates qualified for states, and four total Farmers ran at the event last Saturday.
“It gave me a lot more confidence,” said Kikukawa. “During the lineup I had three people with me instead of just [being] by myself. It was a lot less intimidating.”
Joining Kikukawa were Keaolono Ross, Markis-Grayson Aldridge and Kaina Adolpho. This year’s championship featured 199 girls and 199 boys from across the state. Ross was the top Farmer finisher at 67th place overall.…
The Lady Farmers faced Hana Thursday night at The Barn. Photo by Colleen Uechi.
For three nights last week, Molokai High became the epicenter of Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) volleyball, as all six Division II teams gathered in The Barn for the first ever MIL Volleyball Championships on Molokai. The tournament also coincided with the 25-year anniversary of the airplane crash that took the lives of several Molokai volleyball players and coaches flying home from the 1989 MILs on Maui.
“I think it was a real honor to have it here this year,” said senior Rebecka Adolpho. “On the 25th anniversary of that plane crash, to be able to represent our school, represent all the people here, it was just a great, great honor for us.”
In the first round, Molokai beat the Maui Prep Na Pueo in three quick sets, 25-12, 25-15, 25-13, but the Hana Dragons eliminated the Lady Farmers from the tournament in the second round with another three-set contest, 25-10, 25-23, 25-14.…
Near the end of the season, interim cross country coach Manu Adolpho said that the Molokai boys’ goal was “becoming the MIL champions as a team.”
Although Molokai’s boys’ team finished fourth in a mixed field of Division I and II teams in last Saturday’s Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Championships, the Farmers’ team finished first amongst Division II squads and took this year’s MIL D-II crown.
Photo by Leah Johnston, courtesy of The Maui News.
“This could’ve been their final race, so everybody ran hard and gave it their all,” said Adolpho, who traveled with the teams to Maui’s Keopuolani Pit for the three-mile race.…
Molokai’s Michael Corpuz prepares to take a shot during the MIL Championship. Photo by Matthew Thayer of The Maui News.
Molokai High will be making room for a new championship banner in The Barn: a Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) title banner for boys’ air riflery, the school’s first boys’ title in the sport. The Farmers placed first overall in last Thursday’s championships with 1,990 total points. Molokai shooter Cody Nip finished first in the individual category with 519 points.
“While their performance throughout the entire season … was impressive, I am most proud of how they handled the pressure that comes along with being the team to beat,” said boys’ coach Daniel Imakyure.…