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BIIF 2010 Swimming and Diving Schedule

BIIF swim season starts Jan 2, 2010

Official Season   Tuesday, November 10, 2009          
Pre Season Meeting   TBA 6:00 PM Honokaa Library Rev 12/05/09
Post Season Meeting   Thursday, February 18, 2010 6:00 PM Honokaa Library 4/21/2009  
Saturday, January 02, 2010   BIIF LEAGUE MEET Ed Kawachika Sprint Meet Warm-Up/Start
    Hilo H.S. – Edward H. Kawachika Swimming Pool 9:00   / 10:00 AM
Saturday, January 09, 2010   BIIF LEAGUE MEET       9:00   / 10:00 AM
    Kealakehe H.S. – Kona Community Aquatic Center    
Friday, January 15, 2010   HPA INVITATIONAL       TBA  
    Hawaii Preparatory Academy-Dowsett Pool      
Saturday, January 16, 2010   BIIF LEAGUE MEET       9:00   / 10:00 AM
    Hawaii Preparatory Academy-Dowsett Pool      
Fri & Sat, January 8-9, 2010   Oahu Interscholastic Association Invitational      
    Kalani H.S.  Kalani High School Swimming Pool      
Saturday, January 23, 2010   BIIF LEAGUE MEET       9:00   / 10:00 AM
    Kamehameha Schools (Hawaii) – Nae’ole Swimming Pool  
Tuesday, January 26, 2010   BIIF Championship Entries Due to BIIF      
    Clerk of Course By 8pm (Entry confirmations to Coaches by 8pm Wednesday,
    On Tuesday & Back to Clerk By Thursday 8pm)  
Thursday, January 28, 2010   BIIF CHAMPIONSHIP DIVING – TRIALS & FINALS  
    Kamehameha Schools (Hawaii) – Nae’ole Swimming Pool  
Friday, January 29, 2010   BIIF CHAMPIONSHIP SWIMMING – TRIALS 2:30-3:30 PM
    Kona Community Aquatics Center Kealakehe Host    
Saturday, January 30, 2010   BIIF CHAMPIONSHIP SWIMMING – FINALS Noon-1:00 PM
    Kona Community Aquatics Center Kealakehe Host    
    Note: Time Trial qualifying will be available at the end of each session by request  
    to the Meet Referee.  All West BIIF schools will provide timers and hospitality at the  
    meet and are responsible to set-up, clean-up, and take down all meet equipment.  
Friday, February 05, 2010   HHSAA Championship Entries Due to BIIF      
    Clerk of Course by 6:00 PM (Entries will be submitted by BIIF)    
Sunday, February 07, 2010   HHSAA State Seeding          
Friday, February 12, 2010   HHSAA SWIMMING TRIALS BIIF      
Saturday, February 13, 2010   HHSAA SWIMMING FINALS BIIF 11:00 / 1:00 PM  
Hilo High School Coordinator   Kamehameha Schools (Hawaii) – Nae’ole Swimming Pool  

December 31, 2009 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , | 2 Comments

BIIF Wrestling Season Takes to the Mat – Season Preview

Megan Aina looks sharpe at 103

Good things often come in small packages and for Konawaena’s Alexandra Aoki nothing could be truer.

Aoki, just under 108 pounds soaking wet, is one of the most fierce competitors in wrestling and returns for her senior season as the two time Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association runner-up for her sport.

Aoki has gone undefeated in BIIF competition over the past two seasons where she has won titles in the 98 and 103 weight classes.  She finished second in the state at 103 and is the only returning BIIF wrestler (boy or girl) to have placed that high in a state championship last year.

(Hilo’s Teenaysha Yadao and Kealakehe’s Pomai Barton were also HHSAA runner-ups last season and have since graduated.)

Aoki is considered to be a heavy favorite to win her third consecutive BIIF title, but the decision hasn’t been made if she will return at 103 or move up to the 108 weight class.

Defending boys and girls team champions Kealakehe looks to bring to the mat another strong squad under first year head coach Michael Ciotti.

Over the past eight years the ‘Riders have won six BIIF boys team titles and four team title for the girls.

Leading the Wave Riders is the defending girls BIIF champions Jolynn Kahala-Minezer, 114,  and Jodi Ozaki, 120, with BIIF runner-up at 103, Mindy Lorance.  All three girls are seniors and will be at the top of the league leader board throughout the season

Defending boys individual BIIF champion Tim Ekert, at 189, will move up to the 215 class this season and should help a large ‘Rider team compete for another league title.

“We carry 25 boys on our team and we can fill all 14 weight classes,” Coach Ciotti said.  “Our team works hard and they are very coachable kids.  We try to keep the family atmosphere and our kids maintain a high work ethic.”

At Honokaa coach Dan Whetstone returns BIIF champion Geo Chavez-Pardini.  “Geo should capture the 160 pound title again this year,” Whetstone said.  “I think we have a good chance of having champs in the 171 and 189 weight divisions as well.”

Whetstone predicts that Dragon teammates Kali Niau and Preston Cawagas will battle for the 171 weight class with the loser moving up to the 189 class and will then need to compete against Kaimana Lutey for a spot on Honokaa’s first team.

“We have 21 boys on the roster and should have wrestlers in at least 11 of the 14 weight classes,” Whetstone said.  

For the girls Honokaa has five returning seniors and should have wrestlers in nine of the 11 weight classes.  “Our girls finished third at BIIF’s last year and could finish higher this year if they can get past Kamehameha and Kealakehe who figure to be the other top girl’s contenders,” Whetstone said.

Whetstone believes that perennial champion Kealakehe will again be the team to beat for the boy’s title.  “From what I’ve seen at the official weigh-ins earlier this month a lot of teams have an increase in the number of wrestlers from last year.  This might be our best chance to capture a title for a few years as we have 11 seniors on the squad and many of the other teams are in a rebuilding phase,” the Dragon coach said.

Kamehameha coach, Marlon Miller, also sees the Kealakehe as the team to beat.  “I would have to give the edge on the boys and girls team to the ‘Riders due to the size of their enrollment as well as their experience coaching staff,” he said.

The Warriors return two time BIIF boys champion, Justin Hirae, at 120 pounds, along with defending girl’s champions, Megan Aina, 103 and Pomai Pohina, 130.

“Megan and Pomai are sophomores and have been working hard to retain their title,” Miller said.  “Megan did well at the Maui Invitational winning the 103 division teching the Mid-Pac girl 17-2 in the championships.  Pomai was forced to wrestle at 140 on Maui due to the strict guidelines that wrestlers must follow in their weight loss program,” Miller said.

Kamehameha has more than 20 girls out for wrestling, but are not able to fill the 11 different weight classes.  “Most of the girls are in the same weight, so I have the numbers but will find myself having a hard time filling the different weight divisions,” Miller said.

On the boys side Kamehameha is very young and will have some holes to fill going into the season.  “We had a hard time retaining boys due to the vigorous training we put them through,” Miller said.  “I’m hoping we will be able to fill as many of the weight classes prior to the start of the regular season.”

Hawaii Preparatory Academy returns BIIF champions Bronson Kobayashi, 145, and Keoni Colson, 152 and Coach Gary Jarvill has high hopes for Marie Donahue.  “Our boy’s team will be well balanced this season with many returning wrestlers that are seniors,” Coach Jarvill said.

“Marie (Donahue) will be tough at 114-120,” Jarvill said.  “She earned second place at Maui and should be a leader on our girl’s squad.”

Despite some preseason losses the HPA coaching staff remains optimistic of a good season.  “I took six wrestlers to the Officials Tournament on Oahu for more pre-season matches, but none of them made it into the top six,” Jarvill said.  “We did well for the amount of practice time we have had thus far.”

The BIIF wrestling season officially begins on Saturday, Jan. 2, with an all schools meet at Konawaena High School.

December 30, 2009 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Year’s Day Resolution Run/Walk on Friday

Big Dog Productions and Running with the Big Dog will host Resolution Run/Walk on Friday

To kick off 2010 Big Dog Productions will host the New Year’s Resolution Run/Walk on Friday, New Year’s Day, January 1st, starting at 9:30 am at the entrance to Moku Ola (Coconut Island) in Hilo.

The 3.1-mile run/walk is free and open to the public with the first 100 people signing up receiving a can of sports drink donated by Anheuser-Busch/Hilo.  Post race refreshments will be provided by the Big Dog.

After the event the Big Dog would like to hear from the participants about their goals and resolutions for 2010.  For more information call the Big Dog at 969-7400 or email at waiakeabigdog@aol.com.

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , | 3 Comments

Results from Richardson 4-mile run

Steve Pavao, left, and Alex Hatzis

Just 26 people ran the Richardson 4-miler this past Sunday, hosted by Steve Pavao and the Big Island Road Runners.  Results below were provided by Pavao.

1.Steve Pavao       26:37

2. Linden Villena   29:35

3. Jim Tuscany    30:33

4.DJ Blinn            31:27

5. Kristen Sanborn    35:49

6. Joe DeRego    35:52

7. Kaopua Sutton    37:50

8. Lee Collins    38:15

9. Rick Otani     38:18

10. Eric Young    41:11

11. Kelii Ioane    44:45

12. Jacob Rodrigues    46:48

13. Kyle Wana    53:10

14. Brooke Malama    55:31

15. Kahookai Lindsey-Asing    1:03

16. Tevai Haunga    1:03

17. Maggie Ayau    1:04

18. Margaret DeRego    1:04

19. Kahea Kanuha    1:04

20. Kady Dumaguin    1:05

21 Shearay Mahoe    1:05

22. Christin DeCoito    1:05

23. Ashley Merseberg    1:05

24. Stacey Hevett    1:05

25. Catherina Amantia    1:09

26. Sterling Van Doren    1:09

December 29, 2009 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New Year Resolutions for Staying Healthy and Fit

Start the New Year by making health related resolutions

Here we are just a few days from bringing in a New Year and I bet some of you are looking at making a New Year’s Resolution.

 According to a recent Nielsen poll the most common New Year’s Resolution, made by Americans, is to lose weight,.  Worldwide the majority of us, 56 percent, will be making some sort of Resolution to bring in 2010.

In the midst of the holiday season and as the year comes to a close its easy to see why losing weight would top the Resolution list as we enjoy the wonderful excesses of food and drink during the holiday season.

The truth of the matter is that we seem so worried about what we eat between Christmas and the New Year, that we really should be more concerned about what we eat between the New Year and Christmas.

Besides weight loss other people will be resolving to quit smoking or to exercise more regularly or even to be able to eat a more nutritious and balanced diet.  Of course, all of these resolutions lead to becoming a healthier, happier, and more productive person.

There seems to be something refreshing and definitive about resolving to make changes at the beginning of a brand New Year.

Mayor Kenoi

Hawaii Island Mayor, Billy Kenoi, loves to exercise by having fun in the ocean.  “For me, the roads that lead to physical fitness are the roads that lead to Honoli’i, Lymans and Pohoiki,” Kenoi said.  “I find myself more centered mentally and more energetic when I can spend an hour on a surfboard or get a workout on my new paddleboard.”

“My resolution for 2010 is to somehow find more time to hit the waves, and to set aside time to surf with my kids.  I want to be sure I pass on to them the habits of a healthy lifestyle,” the mayor said.

County Councilman Pete Hoffmann believes that all of us should emphasize individual fitness and good health practices, regardless of our age or profession.  Hoffmann is a man that believes in exercise as he has completed 28 Honolulu Marathons (26.2-miles) with the latest coming just two weeks ago.

“While the general economic downturn might limit the number of potential activities for many families, we are blessed here on the Big Island with a wide variety of year-round sports and fitness opportunities and a climate that supports these efforts,” Hoffmann said. 

“There simply is no excuse for residents here not to participate in an active life-style that encourages any number of worthwhile health and fitness programs.  I would encourage all to have this on their personal list of New Year resolutions,” Hoffmann said.

Clifton Tsuji

State House Representative, Clifton Tsuji, believes as we age it becomes difficult to avoid putting on some weight.  “It seems to me that the aging process makes me gain weight and lose height,” he said.

Tsuji suggest that jogging and other physical exercise may not be enough to make a change.  “As House Ag chair, please be reminded and resolve to buy fresh, buy local, and eat local, it’s good for you.  Resolve to support Hawaii agriculture!” Tsuji said.

Jerry Chang can often be found on the side of Big Island roads jogging a couple of miles on a regular bases.  The State House Rep has also made a New Year resolution, “I guess my New Year’s resolution is to run at least three miles at least four times a week, and to eat more fruits and vegetables, while cutting down on sweets,” he said.

Jerry Chang

No matter what your resolution maybe for 2010 the difference between obtaining your goals and failing to succeed lie in your motivation and determination.

Maintain a positive, can do attitude, and believe in yourself and the ability of your inward strength.  You may need to take a step or two backwards during your quest to achieve your fitness goals for 2010, but the advances will continue if you do not give up in yourself.

It is said that continuous effort, not strength or intelligence, is the key to unlocking your fullest potential.

Good luck and here’s wishing all of you the brightest, happiest and fittest New Year.

December 28, 2009 Posted by | Editorial, Health and Fitness | , , , , , , | 1 Comment