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Softball Finishes 8th in State

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Softball Finishes 8th in State

Photo Courtesy of Molokai Softball Team

By Rick Schonely

The Molokai Lady Farmers Girls Softball team played in the DII Softball State Championships at Patsy Mink Field on Maui two weeks. After falling in the first game against Kalani 5-2, the Farmers rebounded to defeat Konawaena 11-1 in five innings and advanced to the consolation championship game against the Kauai Red Raiders. Molokai came up short in the consolation championship game losing to The Red Raiders 14-4 and placing 8th in the state in DII Girls softball.

Head Coach Kawehi Horner was proud of his team’s season.

“It was as an awesome season with lots of growth for the players and the coaches!” he said.…

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

College Graduation Honors Family Learning

Photo By Colleen Uechi

More than 100 Molokai graduates of all ages were honored for completing an important milestone in their lives two weeks ago as they earned associate, bachelor and masters degrees on Molokai. Every four years, University of Hawaii Maui College Molokai campus holds a commencement ceremony and this year’s 41 graduation participates represented just a portion of the 116 students that received degrees between 2012 and 2016.

The graduates — ranging in age from 17 to 59 — are 75 percent Native Hawaiian. They represent all walks of life, including three couples, two siblings and three military veterans.…

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

9 Valedictorians Among MHS Graduates

Photo By Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

Twelve percent of this year’s 73 Molokai High School graduates were valedictorians and 33 percent have already earned college credits.

“This is unprecedented,” said Principal Stan Hao. “This is the most [valedictorians] we’ve ever had. In farming terms, we have a bumper crop of really smart kids.”

In the high school’s graduation ceremony for the class of 2016 last Friday, student accomplishments were honored, songs were sung, tears were cried and Farmer pride was on display.

Members of the class of 2016 helped the school claim four MIL team championships in football, girls basketball, baseball and boys volleyball, as well as individual champions in wrestling, track and field and judo, according to Hao.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part II

Photo by Ke’van Dudoit.

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season — some with competition already under their belt — we complete a look at what’s in store for the teams in the months ahead.

Boys Volleyball

The Molokai Boys Volleyball team is experienced this year with 12 returnees and six seniors on the team. Head Coach Hale Domingo said he is excited and has high hopes for this year’s team.

“I have heavy upperclassmen with this team, so I’m very lucky to have such an older team where they can control the practices as we’re trying to get everybody involved,” he said.…

Tennis Earns Team Victories

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Tennis Earns Team Victories

The Molokai High School Girls Tennis team earned its first team victory of the season by defeating St. Anthony 4-1 in a Maui Interscholastic League girls tennis match Saturday at the War Memorial courts in Wailuku. In the boys match, the Farmers also won 4-1, improving to 2-0.

Photo by Oceana Madani.

On Friday in the girls singles division, Paula Maroto won her match, while Michelle McGuire and Althea Cariaga won their doubles match. On the boys’ side on Friday, Shyloh Kawaauhau-Puaa and Christian Ragonton each earned a singles win, and Kaiea Dowling and Preston Pascua-Kahookano, and Noeau Likua and Dathan Bicoy won their doubles matches.…

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Spring Sports Preview, Part I

As seven Molokai High School sports teams gear up for the spring season, we’ll take a look at what’s ahead for them over the next two weeks.

Photo by Jasmine Kan-Hai

Softball

“We are excited to see what the future holds for this year’s softball team. We have a team of athletes!” said first year head coach Kawehi Horner. “We have simple expectations for these ladies that are attainable every day and are powered by their choice. It is simply for them to show up every day and do their best and everything will fall into place.”
The Lady Farmers started their preseason last weekend at The Lahainaluna Preseason Tournament and they split on Friday beating Waialua 7-5 and losing to Campbell 8-0.…

Manley Wins State Wrestling Title

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Manley Wins State Wrestling Title

Molokai wrestler Cendall Manley claimed the island’s sixth ever state championship in the sport last weekend on Oahu. She was one of 10 Molokai High wrestlers representing at the event, and one of eight to medal. The girls team finished seventh in the state out of 42 teams.

Cendall Manley wins her semi-final match at the State Tournament. Photo by Kabbie Bicoy Juario.

“I was speechless when I actually won and feel so blessed that God gave me favor,” said Cendall. “I am so honored that I got to represent Molokai in this way!”

Five wrestlers qualified on the girl’s side and all five Lady Farmers got a medal.…

New Football Scoreboard Fundraiser

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

New Football Scoreboard Fundraiser

FMHMSF News Release

 

#18 John Michael Mokiao Duvachelle will be the Senior QB next season. Photo by Rick Schonely.

The Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation (FMHMSF) would like to get our newly crowned MIL Champions Farmer Football team a new scoreboard. Total cost for this scoreboard is about $13,000 with shipping included. With installation and other incidental costs, the total cost to complete this project would be closer to $15,000.

Although it would have been nice to just pay for, then donate a scoreboard to our Athletic Department, the Friends Foundation is not in a financial position to do so, at least not for the entire amount.…

Farmers Face Final Weeks of Seasons

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The Molokai High School Boys basketball team finished the regular season with an 8-4 record and in second place behind regular season champ Seabury. They will travel this weekend to Maui for the MIL DII Tournament at Seabury where they will face third place Lanai in a semifinal game on Thursday. Seabury will face Hana in the other semifinal.

Head coach Mike Kahale is getting his team ready for the tournament and is ready for the challenge.

”We are looking forward to MILs this week. Your regular season record really means nothing at this point, everyone makes the playoffs…. We have proven that we can compete and win with anyone in our division, but there has also been some inconsistency where we have not performed at our best.…

Lady Farmers Paddling 5th in State

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Lady Farmers Paddling 5th in State

The Molokai Girls Canoe Paddling team placed fifth in the final race of the 2016 state championships on Oahu this past weekend. They placed third in their preliminary race and then won their semifinal heat and advanced to the finals.

Photo by Mahina Martin

Kamehameha School-Kapalama took first with a time of 04:00.23, Punahou was second followed by Seabury in third and Roosevelt fourth. Molokai finished with a time of  04:14.91.

“The girls did great,” said Coach Stefanie Hubbard. “Unlike most other sports, there are no separate divisions. So for our small island school and crew to be racing in the finals and now to be ranked fifth in the entire state is amazing!”