Softball Closes With Optimism

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Even after two losses at the state softball tournament last week, the Lady Farmers don’t exactly feel like underdogs.

“The girls really played well and I’m really proud of them,” said head coach Coco Augustiro. “Despite losing at state we still feel like winners.”

The team rallied hard at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association softball tournament on Oahu, but could not overcome a tough first inning against the Konawaena Wildcats last Thursday in the fifth place semifinals.

With cleats sinking in mud and pouring rain splashing the field, the Lady Farmers lost against the Wildcats 5-2 in the Division II games at Central Oahu Regional Park.…

Kualapu`u School’s 5K Team Races on Oahu

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Kualapu`u School News Release

The Kualapu`u School 5K team raced against a strong field of Oahu runners in the Honolulu 5K for Kids held on Sunday, April 27. Keahe Ross was the top finisher from Molokai finishing in 25:01 for third place in her age group.  The next three Kualapu`u School runners ran the course together finishing within 23 seconds of each other.  First in the pack of Kualapu`u runners was Namaka Ross finishing in a time of 28:37, good for 10th in his age division.  Close on his heels came Kapili`ula Naehu in a time of 28:59, good for seventh in the girl’s 11-12s. …

Harlem Ambassadors Tour Coming To Molokai

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Molokai Chamber of Commerce News Release

We are pleased to announce that the Molokai Chamber of Commerce will be hosting the Harlem Ambassadors on Tuesday May 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Barn at Molokai High School. Hoops and hijinks are on their way as our very own local challengers, the Molokai All-Stars, take on the Harlem Ambassadors in a comedy basketball show the whole family will enjoy.

The Harlem Ambassadors offer a unique brand of Harlem-style basketball, featuring high-flying slam dunks, dazzling ball-handling tricks, hilarious comedy routines, music, dancing and games for the kids.

“At our shows, we want the kids to know that they’re part of our team too,” Coach Ladè Majic said.…

Farmers Baseball Wins MIL Title

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Farmers Baseball Wins MIL Title

Photo by Robert Collias/The Maui News

After a rained-out game Friday, the Farmers Baseball team took the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II Championship title on Saturday with a 12-0 five-inning win over St. Anthony.

Molokai senior David Rapanot led the victory by pitching a one-hitter and batted 4-for-4 at the plate. The Farmers finished the season with a 7-0 record, and will be the only MIL team represented at the upcoming state tournament.…

Softball Wins MIL Championship

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Softball Wins MIL Championship

The Lady Farmers’ softball team is headed to states after defeating the Lanai Pinelasses last weekend in an exciting, close win at Duke Maliu Regional Park.

Homes runs and a killer comeback led Molokai to 12-11 victory against Lanai last Saturday. The win claimed the Farmers the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Division II Championship crown. The team is already thinking ahead to the State Tournament on Oahu May 6-9.

Molokai High School (MHS) freshman centerfielder and pitcher Brooke Keliihoomalu said “it’s indescribable” to be going to state her first year on the team. She said she and her teammates will give it their all at the State Tournament.…

Molokai and Lanai High Athletics Fundraiser a Homerun

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii News Release

The Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii’s (DACH) second annual benefit fundraiser, “Cheers for Molokai and Lanai High,” held on Jan. 29 outside Murphy’s Bar and Grill, raised $131,500 to benefit student athletes from both schools, and donations are still coming in.

DACH Board of Directors President Keith Amemiya said the outpouring of support from across the state was emotional and overwhelming. Of the proceeds, $85,500 went to Molokai High and $46,000 will benefit Lanai High’s athletic program.

DACH arrived at the financial allocation with the agreement of Molokai High and Lanai High athletic administrators based on the respective numbers of student-athletes served and certain donations that were earmarked by sponsors.…

Molokai Basketball All-Stars

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Molokai Basketball All-Stars

Hepuakea Falealii. Photo by Jessica Ahles

Seven Molokai basketball players were named by The Maui News as some of the top players in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II. The honorary list is compiled by the newspaper every year, after selections are made by MIL coaches. This year, Molokai High sophomore guard Hepuakea Falealii was picked as The Maui News MIL Player of the Year for her division.

Among the four others joining her on the girls all-star first team is Molokai senior forward Ilana Meyer.

On the all-star second team is senior Tiara English and junior Lehiwa Pedro, and their Molokai teammate Taylor Keliihoomalu was given honorable mention.…

Swinging Into Spring Sports, Part II

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Swinging Into Spring Sports, Part II

Sophomore Kea`a Davis returns a volley against Maui Prep Friday, March 7. Photo by Jessica Ahles

After a school year of Farmer athletics, spring sports are serving to ace the 2013-14 school year and represent the green and white all the way to the finish line.

As MHS tennis returns for a second season under Head Coach Dean Chow, some are gaining their first court experience while others are returing to the team with high expectations to win “game, set, match” at the Maui Interscholastic League (MIL) Championships in April.

Last year’s dynamic duo, Pono Chow and Kamanu Pascua, earned the MIL doubles title, and received a spot in the Hawaii High School Athletics Association [HHSAA] Championships.…

Swinging into Spring Athletics

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Swinging into Spring Athletics

Molokai golfer putts during Saturday’s match against Kamehameha Maui. Photo by Catherine Cluett

As the dust settles and winter sports begin to cool down, Molokai High School (MHS) spring athletics are just warming up, lacing up their spikes and practicing their swing for their pitches and putts.

The Lady Farmers are entering the spring season with hopes to not only match last year’s title as Division II Maui Interscholastic League Champions, but to also beat it by winning some games at the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) state tournament this year, said Coach Coco Augustiro, in her 10th year with the program.…

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

New MHS Athletic Trainer

Barnett wraps an athletes knee at the MHS trainer’s office. Photo by Catherine Cluett

Dalyann Barnett arrived on Molokai from Ohio on a Monday two weeks ago, and started work as Molokai High’s new athletic trainer the same day.

The school’s athletes have been without a trainer to ensure their health and safety during training and sporting events since last year. Before that, it had been two years since an athletic trainer had worked on campus.

“Dalyann is a gift from heaven,” said MHS Athletic Director Hoku Haliniak. “We now have someone on staff that will be able to assist our student-athletes and their injuries.”

Barnett moved to Molokai with her three-year-old and her fiancé.…