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T-ball Hits Off the Season

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

T-ball Hits Off the Season

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Little League T-Ball division had its Opening Day two weeks ago at Kaunakakai Ball Park. T-ball players are ages 4 to 6 years old. According to the Little League, the T-ball season lasts 10 weeks and features one practice and one game per week to introduce youth to the fundamentals of the sport.

Football, Air Riflery Gear Up for Final Events

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Football, Air Riflery Gear Up for Final Events

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Farmers are hopeful to repeat as MIL eight-man football champs this year, as the rematch is set for this year’s championship game. Molokai (4-0) will face Seabury (3-1) on Thursday Oct. 27 at 6pm at War Memorial Stadium on Maui. Seabury defeated Lanai last weekend weekend in a semifinal game at Olinda 57-30 and Molokai advanced to the final because Hana forfeited their semifinal game due to lack of players. The Farmers beat Seabury two weeks ago at Olinda 49-21 and last year, won their first ever Championship over Seabury 55-16.…

Lady Farmers Harvest State Berth

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Lady Farmers Harvest State Berth

Photo by Lee DeRouin

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Lady Farmers of the Girls Volleyball team qualified for the State Tournament last weekend at the MIL DII Championships on Lanai, coming in second in the league. Molokai defeated Seabury in five sets (25-20, 23-25, 25-23, 19-25 and 17-15) in the semifinal to punch their ticket to states. They lost to Hana in the championship game 3-1 (22-25, 25-15, 25-22 and 25-10).

“I am super proud of my team,” said Head Coach Mahea Rawlins. “They played very hard [against] Seabury to make it to states. If we stick together as a team and play as a team, we will be OK.…

Boys Cross Country MIL Champs

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Boys Cross Country MIL Champs

Photo by Arlene DeRouin

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys Cross Country team returned from from Maui last Saturday as Maui interscholastic League Division II champions. They beat Lanai and Seabury by one point, 132-133, to be named the DII champs. Jake Samaniego finished in fifth place overall with a time of 19:00 and will be joined at the State Tournament on Hawaii Island on Oct. 29 by Kaina Adolpho (16th with 19:48) and Karter Kester (33rd with 20:58).

Molokai’s other boys finishers were Diego Dupont (37th, 21:27), Nainoa Kahale (46th, 22:01), Alex Mawae (51st, 22:17) and Erik Svetin (58th, 24:01).…

Sports Wrap Up Fall Seasons

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Sports Wrap Up Fall Seasons

Photo by Stef Hubbard

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Air Riflery

Head Coach Chinky Hubbard and his Air Riflery team of eight girls and three boys competed in the MIL Championships last Saturday at Baldwin High School. Molokai had a strong showing but senior Jershon Kaalekahi was the only shooter to advance to the Civilian Marksmanship Program Air Riflery Championships on Oct. 25 at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Kaalekahi finished in fifth place overall with a score of 488 points and had the best prone score of 187.

The boys team finished in sixth place overall with Kaohele Kaiama tied for 12th place with 459 points and Edwin Greenleaf in 21st place with 438 points.…

Winning Streak Continues for Girls Volleyball

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Winning Streak Continues for Girls Volleyball

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Girls Volleyball team swept Lanai last weekend at The Barn to improve their record to 8-2 on the season and secured the number two seed in the MIL Tournament coming up on Oct. 19 on Lanai. The Lady Farmers have won eight in a row and are 6-0 at The Barn this season. Their only 2 losses came early in the season at number one seeded Hana.

Molokai won last Friday 3-0, which was Senior Night for Brooke Keliihoomalu and Precious Rawlins, 25-14, 25-13, and 25-22. Saturday was also a 3-0 sweep with scores of 25-21, 25-10, and 25-20.…

Running for Sixth

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Running for Sixth

Photo by Nichol Kahale

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys Cross Country team traveled to King Kekaulike High School on Maui last weekend for their last race of the regular season. As a team, Molokai placed sixth and Jake Samaniego was the top finisher for the Farmers in sixth place with a time of 18:39. Kaina Adolpho finished in 18th place with a time of 19:49 followed by Kainoa Kahale (39th with 20:59), Ikua Deponte (45th in 21:19), Alex Mawae (66th in 22:00) and Erik Svetin (102nd with 24:00).

Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross will now prepare his runners for the MIL Championship on Oct, 22 on Maui.…

Football Top Seeded for Playoffs

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Football Top Seeded for Playoffs

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter
The Molokai Farmers eight man football team secured the top seed in the playoffs and a 3-0 undefeated season with convincing 49-21 road win at Seabury Hall last Saturday. The Farmers will now host a semi-final playoff game against Hana on Oct. 22.
Senior quarterback Jayden Dudoit-Tabilangan led the Farmers with 162 yards passing and four touchdown passes. He also ran for one touch down. Freshman Nalima Puaa-Aki ran for 67 yards on 12 carries and also caught two passes for 62 yards and one touch down. Senior Decker Bicoy had two touch down catches and played well on defense also.…

Shooters and Runners Wrap up Weekend

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Shooters and Runners Wrap up Weekend

Air Riflery Team. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Hubbard

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Boys CC team traveled to Maui last Saturday for the Seabury Hall Invitational. Head Coach Mahina Hou Ross took six runners, with Jake Samaniego finishing in sixth place with a time of 19:02. He was followed by Kaina Adolpho in 14th (19:31), Karter Kester in 34th (20:36), Nainoa Kahale in 35th (20:37), Ikua Deponte in 40th (20:53) and Erik Svetin in 95th (24:09). One hundred twenty-two boys ran the three mile course at Olinda, Maui.  The boys will travel again to Maui on Oct. 8 for a race at King Kekaulike.…

Wahine Strong

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Wahine Strong

Photo by Catherine Cluett Pactol

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

After being plagued by dangerous weather conditions in recent years, last Sunday dawned calm and clear for hundreds of paddlers taking on Na Wahine O Ke Kai. The world-renowned race across Molokai’s Ka`iwi Channel brings the toughest women paddlers from around the globe to test their endurance and mental strength. Though Molokai didn’t race a full crew this year, several of the island’s paddlers joined forces with other teams to make the crossing. See next week’s paper for full coverage.