Sports

MHS Team Competes in Esports

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

By Ric Ornellas

Along with math and literacy, Molokai High School (MHS) is developing 21st century competitive skills. Esports!

MHS research shows engaging students in esports can help them build critical thinking skills, encourage teamwork, foster innovation, and promote self-directed learning, all elements of Hawaii DOE’s six general learning objectives (GLOs).

With learning objectives as a focus to bolster core math and literacy skills, DimensionU, a leading educational program used in over 40 U.S. states, was acquired January 2020, through the efforts of MHS Principal, Dr. Katina Soares, and Librarian and Curriculum Coordinator, Diane Mokuau. Math and english language arts (ELA) teachers earlier tested and endorsed the program objectives.…

Boys Volleyball Wins Match

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Boys Volleyball Wins Match

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter
“If the season came to an end Friday night, I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way but to coach against my great friend for years, Ross Morita [Lanai head coach],” said Molokai Head Boys Volleyball Coach Hale Domingo after his Farmers beat Lanai 26-24, 25-15 and 25-23 at The Barn in Ho’olehua. “Friday night was never about winning or losing, it was about enjoying the moment.”
Molokai improved to 3-0 on the season but found out that their game Saturday was postponed by the HHSAA statewide spring sports suspension due to the COVID-19 public health threat.…

Tennis Played Into Night Before COVID Suspension

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Tennis Played Into Night Before COVID Suspension

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High Tennis Team traveled to Lahaina last weekend for matches against the Lunas. The Farmers started their matches on Friday, then Head Coach Emilio Macalalad got word of the HHSAA statewide suspension of spring sports. “In the middle of matches on Friday, we got the news that all sports activities have been suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic,” he said. “All county courts were to be closed starting Saturday, so we ended up doing a double header and playing into the night. The Farmers played well, and they put up a great fight, but our girls ended up losing 4-1in both matches.…

High School Sports Suspended by COVID-19

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter
The Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) has suspended all spring sports due to the public health threat from COVID-19. This includes all Maui Interscholastic League events, effective Monday, March 16.
Molokai High Athletic Director Lee Derouin said all MHS spring sports can still practice at DOE practice facilities since the county parks and facilities are closed. This is also subject to change. Baseball and volleyball home games against Seabury Hall are postponed for this week.
The possible resumption of play will not be made without the HHSAA first consulting with the Hawaii State Department of Health and the Lt.…

Robotics Team Looks to the Bright Side with Drone Racing

Thursday, March 19th, 2020

Robotics Team Looks to the Bright Side with Drone Racing

By Catherine Cluett Pactol

High school drone pilots tested their skills and speed in a first-ever drone racing tournament last Saturday. Despite the disappointment of hard-earned upcoming competitions being cancelled due to COVID-19, the MHS Robotics team took on a new challenge to showcase Robotics Ed-ucation and Competition (REC) Foundation aerial drone flying.

Visually guiding a drone through a series of obstacles across a large gym while standing in one place is no small feat. The six members of the MHS Robotics team helped each other do it as they took turns piloting and “spotting” — or giving their teammates verbal instructions for how to navigate through the course when sight lines became challenging.…

Molokai Paddlers Compete at States

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

Molokai Paddlers Compete at States

The Molokai High School Girls Paddling crew traveled to Keehi Lagoon on O‘ahu last Saturday for the HHSAA State Canoe Racing Championships. The Lady Farmers finished 8th in the state (4:42.82) after finishing 4th in Heat 2 of the prelims (4:53.71) and 2nd in semifinal heat 1 (4:42.30).

Head Coach Stefanie Hubbard was happy with her young team and proud of their effort, “It was a fun but tough day for the girls. They paddled hard and fought their way into finals. I’m so very proud of them for pushing their limits and making it that far this year. With such a novice crew, I can’t wait to see what we can do next year.”…

12 Molokai Wrestlers Heading to States

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

12 Molokai Wrestlers Heading to States

Twelve Molokai High School students – nine girls and three boys – earned the right last weekend to represent the Friendly Isle in the 2020 HHSA Wrestling State Championships on O‘ahu next week.

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Wrestling teams traveled to Upcountry Maui last Saturday for the MIL Wrestling Championships at Kamehameha High School in Pukalani. After a hard-fought day and night of wrestling, the Farmers qualified 12 students to the state championships at the Blaisdell Center on O‘ahu Feb. 21-22.

Finishing well in this tournament is not just about bragging rights. In order to advance to the state tournament a wrestler must finish in the top-three in their weight class.…

Boys Basketball Loses 2 on Lana‘i

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Boys Basketball Loses 2 on Lana‘i

The Molokai HS Boys Basketball team traveled to Lana‘i City last weekend to start the MIL DII regular season. The Farmers lost to the Pine Lads on Friday 76-40.

Junior Nicolas Rapanot led Molokai with 16 points and Andre Adams led the Pine Lads with 22 points. On Saturday, Lana‘i improved their record to 2-0 with 66-32 win over the Farmers (0-2). Molokai was led by senior Vaai Seumalo with 11 points. Andre Adams had 14 points for the Pine Lads.

This weekend at The Barn, there will a doubleheader MIL DII Basketball as the Hana Dragons come to town with both their boys’ and girls’ teams.…

Wrestling

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Wrestling

The home wrestling matches were cancelled this weekend by weather and  rough ocean conditions. Many of the Maui schools were scheduled to travel to Molokai via ferry, but their trip was cancelled due to weather.

The Molokai girls road trip to Hana was also cancelled by weather.

Molokai Wrestling had a scrimmage at The Barn Friday night, and honored their seniors on what would have been their last home matches.

Molokai travels to Maui next weekend for regular season matches at Maui High School.…

Seumalo Selected for All-Star Game

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Seumalo Selected for All-Star Game

Molokai High School senior Vaai “Uso” Seumalo played his first organized HS Football this past season, and helped to lead the Molokai Farmers to their fifth straight MIL 8-Man Football Championship. Now he has an opportunity to play in the 3rd Annual All-Hawai‘i Bowl this weekend on O‘ahu.

The 3rd Annual All Hawai‘i Bowl game featuring top available seniors and tomorrow’s rising stars is set for Jan. 19 at Roosevelt High School Football Stadium.

In years past it was just one game combining the two demographics of seniors and underclassmen. However, this year, they have decided to divide the game itself into two games to be able to showcase more student athletes.…