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Zippy’s Teaming with HHSAA to Raise Funds for Athletics

Chili Rice, saimin, are just some of my favorites

Chili Rice, saimin, are just some of my favorites

    – Zippy’s Restaurants announced that it will partner with its patrons to support the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) to help save public school athletic programs from recent budget cuts. Beginning Monday, Sept. 14 and running through Nov. 30, customers are encouraged to make a donation of any amount at the cashier counters at all Zippy’s Restaurant locations.  Zippy’s will match all customer donations up to a total of $10,000 and proceeds will be contributed to the HHSAA’s Save Our Sports (SOS) campaign.

Can't find them on the Big Island
Can’t find them on the Big Island

Approximately $1.2 million will be cut from Hawaii’s public high school athletic programs for the 2009-10 school year.  HHSAA said that the budget cut amounts to approximately 50% of the funding needed for supplies, equipment, and ground transportation for 45 public high schools statewide, and that the budget cut would require drastic measures to be undertaken, including the possible cutting of all public high school junior varsity sports. 

The HHSAA, founded in 1956, is exclusively dedicated to serve 95 member public and private high schools as they work cooperatively to support and promote athletics as part of the high school education program.

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September 11, 2009 Posted by | Events | , | 2 Comments

Semenya’s Sexuality Questioned – Again!

Caster Semenya on her way to winning the 800 in Berlin

Caster Semenya on her way to winning the 800 in Berlin

     Will anyone ever leave this 18-year old woman alone?  Rumors continue to fly and the world continues to thrist for negative informatin about this young woman.  Now an Australian newspaper prints that Semenya doesn’t have ovaries and that she has internal male organs.

    Most legitimate newspapers would print their sources, but of course this one does not and yet it is picked up by the wire service and it’s false claims printed for the world to see.

    Two weeks ago the IAAF issued a statement that Semenya had higher than normal testosterone levels, but was still within the normal range allowed for women.

casterFollowing is the news release made available earlier today: 

The International Association of Athletics Federations did not confirm or deny Australian newspaper reports that the recently crowned women’s world 800-meter champion has male and female sexual organs.

“We would like to emphasize that these should not be considered as official statements by the IAAF,” the federation said in a statement regarding the reports that first appeared in News Limited and Fairfax newspapers

The Australian newspaper reported in its Friday edition that medical reports on the 18-year-old Semenya indicate she has no ovaries, but rather has internal male testes, which are producing large amounts of testosterone.

“We can officially confirm that gender verification test results will be examined by a group of medical experts,” the IAAF said in a written statement. “No decision on the case will be communicated until the IAAF has had the opportunity to complete this examination. We do not expect to make a final decision on this case before the next meeting of the IAAF Council which takes place in Monaco on November 20-21.”

The International Association of Athletics Federations did not confirm or deny Australian newspaper reports that the recently crowned women’s world 800-meter champion has male and female sexual organs.

“We would like to emphasize that these should not be considered as official statements by the IAAF,” the federation said in a statement regarding the reports that first appeared in News Limited and Fairfax newspapers.

 
  These latest rumors violate the proud profession of jounalism and show it at its worse.  Let’s stop the rumors and give this woman back her dignity.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | 1 Comment

Hilo Teen Wins Pacific Sectional Championship

Sarah Dvorak works her way through Sectionals

Sarah Dvorak works her way through Sectionals

While the world was watching 17 year old sensation Melanie Oudin in the Women’s Open Tennis Tournament from New York while tennis eyes in Hilo were focused on 13-year old Sarah Dvorak.

     Dvorak was busy during the Labor Day weekend working her way through the field of 16 in the 18 year old bracket of the Hilo’s Fall Junior Tennis Sectionals Championships.

  Dvorak, an 8th grader from Waiakea Intermediate with a remarkable ability to return the ball from the baseline, fought her way past much older and more experienced players to capture the Pacific Sectional title by defeating Honolulu’s Kelly Ann Domingo, the number one seed, in the finals by a “pro set” score of 8 to 5.

     “We needed to change the format for the main draw by the third day,” Tournament Director Glen Tada said.  “We got a lot of rain over the Labor Day weekend which backed us up quite a bit, but we managed to finish on time using the pro format.”

   To accommodate the need to get in all the matches Tada and his staff instituted the “pro format” scoring which had the first player reaching eight points winning their match.

   “The rain and the delays didn’t really bother me, as I’m used to it,” Dvorak said.

   In the first round of competition Dvorak needed to get by Oahu’s Bobbi Oshiro.  “It was tough as she (Oshiro) moved me around a lot and she kept the ball in play,” Dvorak said.

   Overcoming a first set loss, 4-6, Dvorak rallied to win the second set 6-4 and won the tie breaker 10-7 against a scrappy Oshiro.

   “During the tournament my ground strokes were working really well and my serves were working,” she said.  “I probably need to work on my attacking and on my volleys at the net.”

  Dvorak’s coach, Evan Schermer, has played her in the older, more experienced brackets, in order to face stiffer competition.  “It was a joint decision between my coach, my mom and me to enter the 18 year old bracket,” Dvorak said.

Dvorak, 13, won the girls 18 bracket

Dvorak, 13, won the girls 18 bracket

    Dvorak’s mother, Rose, is the veteran tennis coach at St. Joseph High School.  “My mom has been helping me for years and my coach, Evan, has been coaching me for the past six months.  I owe a lot to my coaches and I’m very grateful,” she said.

“I lack enough playing time in the 18 year old bracket to be seeded, and I haven’t accumulated enough points.  That is why when I enter these tournaments I’m not seeded,” she said.

   The Fall Sectionals started on Friday evening with 115 juniors participating at three different sites which included Waiakea High, Hilo Intermediate and the Edith Kanaka’ole Tennis Stadium and ended with the finals on Monday.

    Earlier in the year Dvorak warmed up by playing in the 18 year old bracket of the West Hawaii District Junior Championships in May then went on to win the 14 year old division of the Nike Junior Tour tennis championships in June.

     To advance in the West Hawaii District tournament Dvorak need to get past three time Big Island Interscholastic Federation tennis champion, Sayo Tsukamoto of Kealakehe, winning in straight sets 6-2, 7-6.

    Next up for Dvorak is the Nike Tournament in California beginning on September 18.  “I’ve entered the 14 year old bracket and I’m hoping to do well,” she said.

    “I think she’s (Dvorak) an excellent player with a good all around game.  She is very competitive and has a promising future in tennis,” Tada said.

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Junior Tennis | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment