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Wrestling, Boys Basketball Prep for MILs

Wrestling

The Molokai Wrestling team traveled to Maui for a round robin tournament at Maui High last Saturday. Three boys finished in first place: Caele Manley at 138 pounds, Diego Deponte at 160, and Makana Kaahanui at 220. On the girls’ side, Martika English and Sehja Pedro tied in a three-way for first place in the 225 pound girls division.

Other top three finishes for the Farmers were Keeya Bicoy in second place at 117 pounds and  Taye Mowat in second in the 145 division.

The Farmers will have one more regular season round-robin meet at Baldwin before the MIL Championships on February 11th at Maui High.

Coach Manley said his team did well and is getting ready for MILs and the state matches.

“The competition was tough but we got a good look at what we’re up against for the MIL championships. We have two weeks to prepare for MILs and one more regular season match this Saturday.”

Boys Basketball

The Molokai Boys Basketball traveled to Seabury last weekend for MIL league games. Seabury remained undefeated in MIL DII league play, beating the Farmers on both Friday (54-31) and Saturday (56-24).

Molokai Head Coach Bob Danner experienced what it is like to play at the Spartan’s home court.

“Seabury Hall is like the jaws of MIL Boys Basketball and they play well there,” he said. “We had a tough go this weekend but we’re learning the game at a higher and more challenging level and that means we need to work hard in practice if we are to improve and bring our best game to any floor.”

Seabury Head Coach Scott Prather also had words of respect for his opponent.

“Friday’s game was an emotional battle between two rivals for our senior night and both teams brought a lot of energy and it was a challenge to pull away from the Farmers,” he said, adding Saturday’s game was similar. “…Both teams played with a lot of desire and passion. I have a lot of respect for [Molokai’s] coach and their program and they are always very well prepared for us and they force us to have to work on our weaknesses in order to beat them. We appreciate the challenge.”

Molokai will be at home this weekend against winless Hana (0-10) and Friday night will be Senior Night for the Farmers. These are the last two regular season games before the MIL DII Tournament at Hana Feb. 9-11.

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