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Action-Packed Weekend for Farmers

Molokai’s volleyball team traveled to Seabury last Friday with a crowd of enthusiastic supporters, who watched their team put on a strong defensive showing before the Farmers fell to the league leaders.

“Basically our defense was on it,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “Our back row was digging balls and at least making it playable, being on their toes and ready to dig anything.”

However, Rawlins credited the “well-rounded” Spartans, who beat Molokai 25-17, 25-18, 25-12 on Friday and 25-18, 25-9, 25-17 on Saturday.

After Friday’s loss, Rawlins said they tried to switch things up and place Molokai’s Sehja Pedro across from Seabury’s best outside hitter, which helped in several instances. However, the Farmers couldn’t overcome Seabury’s Shayla Hoeft, who notched 18 kills against the Farmers in a three-set sweep.

“I’m proud of how [our team] fought stronger we usually do,” said junior Brooke Keliihoomalu. “… We had less serving errors than our previous game. [We] were all hustling.”

The Lady Farmers (4-4) travel to Lanai (4-4) for games this Friday and Saturday.

Last weekend, the boys’ and girls’ air riflery teams had a postal shoot in The Barn. The girls’ team finished fourth out of seven teams with 924 points. The Farmers were led by steady seniors Hiilani Kaiama-Kanuha (fourth, 248 points) and Keaa Davis (16th, 227) and rising junior Sonja Angst (seventh, 243 points), who climbed from 14th place two weeks ago.

On the boys’ side, a Molokai shooter took first place for the second week in a row. This time it was Jershon Kaalekahi with 260 points. Teammate Cody Nip was fourth with 254 points, while Joshaviah Cabreros tied for 15th with 228 points. The team came in sixth place with 742 points.

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams traveled to Seabury last weekend as well. Coaches had yet to receive final results as of Sunday, but girls’ coach Eugene Santiago said it was good practice for the teams, who will run the same course at Seabury on Oct. 24 for the MIL championships.

“We have start working hard toward shaving off time,” said girls’ coach Eugene Santiago. “We’ll have the girls run three-mile parameter and have them work on actually setting a time as part of their goal. It’s a matter of just being aware of what they need to accomplish.”

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