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.
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“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.…
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.…
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.…
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.
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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!”
The Molokai Lady Farmers Girls’ Basketball team clinched their fourth straight — and their eighth out of the last nine — Maui Interscholastic League Division II Championship last Friday night in Hana, defeating Seabury 31-29. Senior guard Hepuakea Falealii led the way with 18 points for the Lady Farmers who finished a perfect regular season at 14-0. It was a hard fought nail biter game but the Lady Farmers held on for the win.
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“I was so happy and proud of my team, I was speechless,” said Falealii. “Winning the championship has made me feel very accomplished.…
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Each year, youth and adults from all over Hawaii gather to celebrate Ka Molokai Makahiki in a place where cultural traditions remain strong and friendly athletic competition is celebrated. During Makahiki, the ancient Hawaiian four-month season of peace, war was kapu, or forbidden, and every district gathered to appreciate the harvest and challenge each other’s athletic prowess.The historic tradition has been revived for more than 30 years on Molokai.
Cultural events began Thursday, with an evening lecture about Kaho`olawe, where the Makahiki season begins each year. Adult games kicked off Friday night, and student competitions followed on Saturday, with a ho`olaulea afterward.…
Keao Ross, center, won the MIL Championship in the 50 Freestyle. Photo by Misty Parker.
Molokai swimmer Keao Ross won last weekend’s Maui Interscholastic Championship in the 50 freestyle. Represented by just four athletes, the Molokai boys team garnered enough points to place third overall, making the team one of the strongest in the last decade, according to Coach Jess Ford. Ross will be the first qualified individual to swim at the state meet representing under Ford.
“The swim team took it up a notch this year and delivered a beautiful performance at the MIL Championships,” said Ford. “It We had many swimmers with breakout performances with some huge time drops in many cases.…
Athletes and coaches from the MIL Champion Molokai Farmers eight-man football team were honored at half time of the Pro Bowl last Sunday. Because Molokai graduate Kimo von Olehoffen won the Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Farmers are one of a handful of teams in the state that received a special commemorative football at half time of the All-Star game at Aloha Stadium.
Von Olehoffen did not play football at Molokai High School because there was no team when he graduated in 1989 but he played collegiately at Boise State and then in the pros for the Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets and the Philadelphia Eagles from 1994 to 2007.…
Head Coach Randy Manley said it best: “It’s always nice to be able to sleep in your own bed and not sleep on a wrestling mat in somebody else’s gym… but you also worry that they’ll be nervous wrestling in front of their family and friends and we just hope they shine in front of their home fans. And they did.”
The Molokai High School Wrestling team hosted a round robin tournament here on Molokai at The Barn last weekend. Five schools from the Maui Interscholastic League — Baldwin, Maui High, Lahainaluna, Kamehameha Maui, King Kekaulike and Molokai — competed on Friday evening and Saturday in front of a very supportive home crowd.…
Boys and Girls Basketball
The Lady Farmers picked up two more wins on their road trip to Seabury last weekend and they clinched the regular season championship with their Friday night victory 45-13. They won on Saturday 54-29 and are now 10-0 on the season. The last home games of the season will be this weekend at The Barn against Lanai and Head Coach Lee Derouin is looking forward to Senior night for the Girls on Friday.
“The girls really took care of business in both games at Seabury and played with great intensity at both ends of the floor,” he said.…