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Schonely Retires as Sports Reporter

The Molokai Dispatch News Release

After seven years of providing sports coverage in The Molokai Dispatch, Rick Schonely said he will be stepping back from the role of sports reporter.

In 2015, following his retirement from the Maui Fire Dept., Schonely began contributing to The Molokai Dispatch’s sports coverage, whether taking photos, writing stories, sharing his “Sports Reports” on Facebook, sending scores or keeping in touch with alumni athletes. We appreciate his dedication to Molokai’s student athletes and making sure their accomplishments are celebrated in the paper.

Schonely said he’ll be taking more time to play golf and spend with his ‘ohana but will still stay close to sports at Molokai High. 

“It has been an honor and a privilege to be the sports reporter for The Molokai Dispatch. Molokai Athletics has been near and dear to my heart for over 38 years and I will be starting my 39th year as a substitute teacher at Molokai High School and I am still involved with athletics,” said Schonely. “I will continue to cover high school athletics via social media and continue to photograph the student athletes and share pictures with one and all. Thank you to everyone who has enjoyed my sports reporting these past few years. I have enjoyed all of you who have come up to me and told me how much you appreciate the sports coverage.”

We know our readers will miss Schonley’s high school athletics reporting. The Molokai Dispatch operates with a small team that includes just one editor/reporter. We plan to continue coverage of our athletes’ notable accomplishments but we don’t have the capacity to do so comprehensively. Do you have an interest in sports, writing and photography? Join our team as a freelance sports reporter. Pay is available per story. Please contact editor@themolokaidispatch.com with interest.


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