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Kaneaiakala Playing Football at Eastern Arizona College

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Kaneaiakala Playing Football at Eastern Arizona College

Makani Kaneaiakala at Eastern Arizona College. Contributed photo

Molokai High School alumnus Makani Kaneaiakala is a freshman at Eastern Arizona College, where he is playing for their football team. The Molokai Dispatch Sports Report got a chance to do a Q&A with Makani.

1- How have you adjusted to college life and leaving Molokai? Well I have to say I’m finally adjusting to college life. It wasn’t easy in the beginning because I had my family to help me with everything compared to not having family. Now it’s all about being independent.

2- How has your football season been going and how is it different from high-school football?…

Alvarez Playing Basketball at Dakota College

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Alvarez Playing Basketball at Dakota College

Molokai High School Alumnus Mark Alvarez playing Jacks, his team at Dakota College at Bottineau. Photo Courtesy of Dakota College

Molokai High School basketball alumni Mark Alvarez is attending Dakota College at Bottineau, North Dakota as a freshman, and is playing basketball for the Jacks. The Molokai Sports Report got a chance to do a Q&A with Mark last weekend.

How have you adjusted to leaving Molokai and college life? “Adjusting to college life was challenging, mainly because of homesickness and balancing school, basketball and fun. I miss my family so much but I am thankful for the technology and they are only a FaceTime away.” How has your basketball season been going and how is it different from high school basketball?…

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Farmer Swimmers Start Season on Maui

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls swim teams started their Maui Interscholastic League season at the Kihei Aquatic Center last weekend. Top finishers for the Farmers were:

Boys: Jalen Kalama, 5th in 100 Breaststroke with a time of 1:16.16

Girls: Kapili Naehu-Ramos, 5th in 200 Individual medley with a time of 2:50.84

“We had a lot of awesome swims this weekend and I had 5 kids that this was their first ever swim meet and they did super great,” said Head Coach Amanda Labriola. “Michelle McGuire carried her 200 free relay team with amazing split times and Royden Abafo broke a minute in the 100 free swimming a 59.34 and also broke 30 (seconds) in the 50 fly swimming a 29.”

Molokai will swim next at the MIL Invitational #1 at the Kihei Aquatic Center Jan.…

Boys Basketball Begins Preseason

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Boys Basketball Begins Preseason

Kester Aguirre focuses on the ball playing against Maui High School. Photo courtesy of Chris Sugidono/The Maui News

The Molokai High School Boys Basketball Team traveled to Maui last weekend for the Maui High School preseason tournament.

The Farmers played Keaau in their first game, and lost 59-31. Molokai then played host Maui High in the feature game Friday night and lost 50-36. Saturday, the Farmers faced Kamehameha Maui and fell short 47-29.

New Head Coach Nohea Pangkee has seven returnees and senior leader Kaina Adolpho from last year’s team, and said he is excited for the new season.

“The weekend went well and the kids were happy to compete,” Pangkee said.…

Learning from the Best

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Learning from the Best

Photo by Lee DeRouin

US Open Tennis Champion Tracy Austin, Scott Holt, and world rank tennis players Shelby Rogers and Steve Johnson took the time Nov. 16 with Molokai’s tennis student-athletes team. The students were very motivated by the tennis instruction and gifts to the program, and now look forward to the spring season.…

Molokai Getting Ready for 2017-18 Wrestling Season

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Molokai Getting Ready for 2017-18 Wrestling Season

Caele Manley, left, competes in a wresting match. Photo courtesy of Molokai wrestling

The 2017-18 wrestling season for the Molokai High School Farmer Boys and Girls has already begun, with regular practices having been underway for several weeks. The preseason tournament season begins on Maui Dec. 8-9, with the Maui Invitational Tournament. The regular season begins only a few days after Christmas, on Dec. 27.

“This year could prove to be an exciting season for Farmer Wrestling,” head coach Randy Manley said. “The boy’s team is led by a strong core of seniors: Diego DePonte, Caele Manley and Hauole Caparida. These seniors along with junior, Tekoa Torres-Umi, spent part of their summer training on the Mainland and wrestling in a multi-day national tournament in Idaho.…

Lady Farmers Gain Experience on Oahu

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Lady Farmers Gain Experience on Oahu

Despite losing the last three preseason games on Oahu, the Molokai Lady farmers performed well and came close to a win in their last two games. Photo by Natasha McCutcheon

The Molokai High School Lady Farmers Girls Basketball team, under first-year Head Coach Shane Mokiao, traveled to Oahu last weekend to play three preseason games at The Hanalani Lady Royals Challenge in Mililani.

In their first game of the new season, Molokai lost to a good Kamehameha (Kapalama) II team 40-25. Coach Mokiao was pleased with his team’s performance, “We gave up only 11 points in second half and the girls played great defense.…

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