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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.

Home Win for Football

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Home Win for Football

Photo by Rick Shonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Farmers eight-man football team won their home opener this past weekend beating Hana 74-10 in front of a great crowd at the Molokai High School field. The Farmers are the defending Maui Interscholastic League Eight-Man Champions and they will travel for the next two weekends for games at Lanai and Seabury.

Senior quarterback Jayden Dudoit-Tabilangan led a potent Farmer offense as he was 5-6 for 137 yards with two touchdown passes, one to Decker Bicoy and the other to Kairos Torres-Umi. He also ran for another. Jayse Lalim-Rillon and Nalima Puaa-Aki both had two rushing touchdowns.…

Football Season Kicks Off

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School eight-man football team will set out to defend its 2015 MIL Championship as they start their new season on Sept. 24 at home against Hana.

“We are looking forward to a productive season,” said Head Coach Mike Kahale. “Last year we had a talented senior class that helped us capture our first MIL Championship.  We are putting in the work and hope to repeat.”

With a new year and a new team, Kahale said his returnees will need to become leaders.

“We have about 20 returnees who will need to step up and fill the void,” he said.…

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

2 Molokai Crews Paddle in Pailolo

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely

The 2016 Pailolo Challenge was held in amazing canoe racing conditions on Saturday Sept. 17. Two Molokai canoes, both from Wa’akapaemua Canoe Club, made the crossing from Flemings Beach on Maui to Kaunakakai Harbor in the men’s Open Iron Unlimited and one in the women’s Open Division.

The men finished first in the Open Iron Unlimited with a time of 2:53:13. They also were second overall behind Team Primo’s 9 man crew. Crew members included Troy Heen, Brandon Kansana, Lohiao Paoa, Conrad Martin, Kingi Gilbert, Kaimi Kealoha, Kaeo Abbey, Ekolu Kalama.

The women finished in 11th place in the Open Division with a time of 4:14:36.…

The Week in Sports

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

The Week in Sports

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

Girls Volleyball

The Molokai High School Lady Farmer volleyball team had its first home games of the season last weekend at The Barn in Ho`olehua.

On Friday night, Sehja Pedro had four kills and Jaide Kiaha had four aces as Molokai High School swept Maui Prep 25-11, 25-15 and 25-11. Brooke Keliihoomalu, Kawaohi Duvauchelle and Stasia Kaahanui each had three kills for the Farmers.

On Saturday, Molokai upped its record to 4-2 by winning again in three sets 25-10, 25-11 and 25-8. Maui Prep fell to 0-5. All players for each team played equal time on Saturday and stats were pretty even all around for both teams.…

Cross Country Runs Toward Season Start

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams begin their season later this month with trips to Maui to compete. The boys are led by 17-year coach Ghandharva Mahina Hou Ross and the girls are coached by Eugene Santiago, in his fifth season. Ross’s son and recent graduate Keaoalono Ross is helping his Dad this season.

Santiago has six girls on his team this year: Kamahina Kaiama-Kanuha (junior), Kelsey Juario-Bicoy (sophomore), Keeya Juario-Bicoy (freshman), Cameron Kahalewai (freshman), Kaitlyn Naeole (junior), and Kayla DeRouin (freshman).

Santiago said he is pleased with the team’s progress and their training.…

First Wins for Girls Volleyball

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

First Wins for Girls Volleyball

Photo by Rick Shonely

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai Lady Farmers volleyball team got their first wins of the season last weekend on Maui when they took on the St. Anthony Trojans at War Memorial Gym. On Friday night, the Lady Farmers dropped the first set but then took the next three to defeat St. Anthony 3-1 (24-26, 25-14, 25-17, 25-21). On Saturday, the Farmers won 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17) to improve their record to 2-2 for the season. St. Anthony is 2-2 also.

Head Coach Mahea Rawlins was happy the team played well.

“We came back when needed to and the passers did a good job, the setters moved the ball around and the hitters attacked aggressively and were able to put ball away,” she said.…

Girls Volleyball Launches Season

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter

The Molokai High School Girls volleyball team is preparing for a new season, and head coach Mahealani Rawlins is excited about her team this year.

“We have players who are willing to learn more and give their 110 percent each day at practice,” she said. “Each position will have to be earned which makes the competition even better.  It’s awesome being able to witness the talent and love that these girls have for the sport.”

Rawlins said she likes to help her players get to the next level of competition. As coaches, she said her staff have noted the team has a lot of potential athletes who can take the sport to the next level in their future.…

Golf for a Cause

Friday, August 12th, 2016

Golf for a Cause

Photo by Nathan Ignacio

Photo by Rick Schonely

By Rick Schonely
On July 30, Nathan Ignacio and his ohana and friends hosted the Trucker Dukes Golf Tournament to help Trucker’s ohana as he battles brain cancer. Trucker Dukes is 3 years old and has endured many rounds of chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries to try to beat the disease.
Ignacio works for Maui County Fire Department and so does Trucker’s dad, Ua. Ignacio wanted to thank all who helped put on this tournament.
“Our first thank you is to Lord Jesus for providing such a beautiful sunny day for all people to enjoy,” he said.…