Sports

Baseball Ends Winning Streak

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The Molokai High School Boys Baseball team traveled to upcountry Maui last weekend for games against Seabury at Makawao. On Friday, the Farmers lost a tough game in the bottom of the seventh inning, with a score of 4-3. It was their first MIL loss in 40 games. Molokai had won 39 straight MIL games.

Kairos Torres-Umi pitched a good game and had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh but Seabury scored two runs to win the game. The Spartana’ Ben Belew had a bloop single over third base for the walk off win. Molokai was held to only one hit by Belew and his brother Drew, who started the game and pitched five plus innings.…

Softball to Open Season at Home

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The Molokai Girls Softball team, under Head Coach Kawehi Horner, will start their 2017 Maui Interscholastic League Division II season this Friday and Saturday with home games against Hana. With St. Anthony dropping out of the league this year, the Lady Farmers will have only these two home games this season, and Saturday will be Senior Day.

“We got a… short year without St. Anthony and the girls understand that because of the very [few] games they are playing, they need to work even harder and not take for granted their time on the field as we know it will be needed in MILs and states especially,” said Horner.…

Home Wins for Boys Tennis

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Home Wins for Boys Tennis

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai Boys Tennis team beat Baldwin with a 3-2 score twice last weekend while hosting the Baldwin High School tennis team. While the boys won both their Friday and Saturday matches, Molokai’s Girls Tennis team finished with losses in all five matches at the Molokai High School courts in Ho`olehua. Friday’s match was suspended by darkness and finished up on Saturday morning.

Head Coach Amanda Labriola, in her first year as head coach for tennis, was happy with her team’s performance.

Photo by Rick Schonely

“The matches this weekend went well,” she said. “The season is off to a good start… I’m excited to see where the season takes us.”

Kanahele Montizor, who was the head coach last year, was on hand to help with the team one more time before he leaves to relocate to the mainland.…

Track Team Opens Season

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Molokai High School Track and Field team, under Head Coach Micah Buchanan, traveled to Maui last weekend for a meet at War Memorial Stadium.

Sehja Pedro finished second in the Girls Shot Put with a throw of 31 feet 1 inch and second in the Girls Discus Throw with a toss of 91 feet 7 inches. Jake Samaniego was firfth in the Boys 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.30. Preston Pascua-Kahookano won the Boys Shot Put with a throw of 43 feet 11.5 inches. Isiah Lightfoot-Lani was fourth in the Boys High Jump with a jump of 5 feet 2 inches.…

Split Victory for Volleyball

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The Molokai HS Boys Volleyball team earned a split in their first games of the season at Seabury Hall last weekend. On Friday night the Farmers (1-1) won in four sets (25-21, 17-25, 25-22, and 25-21) and lost the rematch on Saturday in a hard fought five set match (19-25, 25-18, 25-21, 15-25, 16-14). The Spartans are 1-1 also early in the DII Boys VB season.

Head Coach Hale Domingo said his team played well.

“Friday night’s win was great and gave the boys the confidence to know that they can compete in the MIL again this year,” he said.

Saturday’s match was decided in a close fifth set and Domingo said he was proud of his team’s play.…

Baseball Honors Umi with Season Dedication

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Baseball Honors Umi with Season Dedication

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai High School Baseball Team started their 2017 MIL DII season with home wins over St. Anthony last weekend at Duke Maliu Park. On Friday, the Farmers defeated the Trojans 17-0 in three innings behind the perfect game pitched by senior Kairos Torres-Umi.  Aaron Rapanot and Nainoa Kaahanui were each 2 for 2 at the plate as the Farmers scored all 17 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Rapanot had four RBIs and scored twice, while Kaahanui had a triple, two RBIs and scored twice. Kekaiakea Maliu scored three runs, while Torres-Umi, Trenton Takata and Royden Abafo all scored twice.…

Save Our Sports Success

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Save Our Sports Success

Photo by Rick Schonely

Last Saturday at beautiful Ironwoods Golf Course, 44 golfers teed it up to raise money for the Molokai High School athletics program in the Save Our Sports (SOS) Tournament. Businesses, organizations and individuals mad donations and purchased hole sponsor signs, with the goal of assisting teams offset increasing travel costs to athletic competitions. SOS raised close to $10,000, which MHS Athletic Director Lee DeRouin called a huge success.

Photo by Rick Schonely

A fun day was had by all, highlighted by a hole-in-one on the Par 3 third hole by Molokai Middle School science teacher Scott Hemenway.…

Kaahanui Takes 4th at Wrestling Chamionships

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Kaahanui Takes 4th at Wrestling Chamionships

Photo by Kabbie Bicoy-Juario

The Molokai High School Wrestling team sent seven athletes to Oahu last weekend for the State Championships. After two days of hard fought matches, the Farmers had one wrestler reach the podium. Senior Makananui Kaahanui placed fourth in the 220 pound division. Kaahanui placed fifth last year.

Five wrestlers advanced to Saturday’s final matches — four in the consolation bracket (Keeya and Kelsie-Lee Bicoy-Juario, Caele Manley and Hauoli Caparida) and Kaahanui in the semi finals.

Head Coach Randy Manley said they faced tough competition but he was proud of his team.

“Of the four we had in the quarterfinals consolation round, all four lost which put them out of the tournament,” he said.…

Baseball Hosts Preseason Tourney

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Baseball Hosts Preseason Tourney

Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai High School Farmers Baseball team, under Head Coach Ilika Kaahanui, hosted Pac 5 from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu on Oahu last weekend in a four-game preseason series at Duke Maliu Regional Park.

On Friday, the Wolfpack defeated the Farmers 4-1. Saturday the two teams played a doubleheader and split the two games. Pac 5 won the early game 5-4 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Molokai came back to win the afternoon game 5-1. On Sunday morning, the teams combined to play a goodwill fellowship game to close the tournament.…

Senior Swims at State Race

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Senior Swims at State Race

Kahele Naehu-Ramos with his family and coach. Photo by Jane Chang

Molokai High School senior Kahale Naehu-Ramos swam at the state Swimming and Diving Championships on Oahu last weekend. Naehu-Ramos qualified in the 50 meter freestyle and the 100 meter breaststroke, swimming in the preliminary heats on Friday. He finished in 20th in the 50m freestyle with a time of 23.44 and placed 27th in the 100m breaststroke with a time of 1:07.29.

“The state swimming competitions are always a culture shock,” said Naehu-Ramos. “The competition is steep and it inspires me to try harder. Overall the state meet was great but I still missed my team mates. …