Teams Close Out Sports Season
The Molokai Boys Volleyball team participated in the 2017 DII State Volleyball Championships in Honolulu two weeks ago and finished in fourth place. The Farmers, who won the DII MIL Championship, finished with a record of 13-4 (1-2 HHSAA).
At the state tournament, Molokai won its first game against Hawaii Prep 3-1(25-16, 12-25, 25-19, and 27-25) to advance to the semifinals against Hawaii Baptist. The Farmers lost to the reigning champions in three sets (25-6, 25-16, and 25-19). Head Coach Hale Domingo and his team then advanced to the third place game at the Blaisdell Center Arena against St. Francis. They lost in two sets (25-13 and 25-23) to finish fourth.
Six seniors from the team graduate this year: Michael Sterner, Lekili Borrows, Austin Duvachelle, Makana Kaneaiakala, Makana Kaahanui and Kawena Augustiro.
The Lady Farmer Girls Softball team also participated in the 2017 Division II Girls Softball State Tournament in Honolulu two weeks ago and played two games. Molokai lost its first game to St. Francis 11-1, then lost a close game to Waipahu 5-4 to end their season with a 8-2 record.
The Lady Farmers were undefeated (6-0) going into the state tournament and won the 2017 MIL championship. Head Coach Kawehi Horner will lose four seniors this year: Brooke Keliihoomalu, Nadia Augustiro, Precious Rawlins and Kyra Castor-Wallace. Molokai will be returning all their pitchers from this season so the Lady Farmers will continue to be a force in MIL softball.
The Molokai High School Judo team sent four judoka to the State Championships at The Stan Sherriff Center in Honolulu Saturday, May 6. Cameryn Kahalewai finished sixth in her 122-pound weight class. Other participants who did not place but competed well were Payton Kaalekahi at 129 pounds, Maria Angst at 98 pounds and Ikua Deponte at 161 pounds.
Hundreds of judoka from around the state participated in the all-day matches at the UH campus. Kahalewai had a 2-2 record as did Kaalekahi. Deponte finished 2-1 and Angst was 1-2. Head Coaches are Tilana Kawaa and Lihau Maioho.
Senior Preston Pascua-Kahookano was the only member of this year’s Molokai High Track and Field team to qualify for the State Track Championships on Hawaii Island last weekend. He competed in the discus on Friday and the shot put on Saturday. Head Coach Micah Buchanan said he threw 124 feet 1 inch in discus and earned 21st place, and in the shot put he threw 46 feet 5 inches, earning him 10th place.
The 2017 Molokai Athletics Recognition Banquet will held on May 17 starting at 5:30 p.m. in the MHS Cafeteria. Athletes may bring two guests along with them for dinner and the banquet.