Flag Football Starts for Middle School
By Rick Schonely, Sports Reporter
Molokai Middle School is hosting a flag football season, creating an intra-school league to keep competitions safe.
This past February, the Maui Middle Schools Athletics Initiative, sponsored by the REACH Program, approved outdoor sports and Molokai Middle School is a participating member.
Coach Mike Kahale said instead of traveling to Maui to compete against other middle schools as they have done in the past, MMS launched the intra-school league.
“Normally, we would have just one team travel off-island to compete,” said Kahale, who is also the MHS head football coach. “Now we have four teams with over 40 student-athletes competing against one another here on Molokai.”
Coed teams have been practicing for a few weeks, and student-athletes are excited for games to begin this week and run through the first week of April.
MMS flag football coaches are Jason Aiana and Tyson Tamanaha (Warriors), Officer Mossman (Wolfpack), Kimo Orlando (Boygoz) and Kaimana Kahale (Ali’i).
“It has been a tough year for our students, it is nice to have athletics as an outlet for them to experience some sense of normalcy” said Kahale.
MMS is looking to offer Soccer, Volleyball, and Basketball before the school year ends.