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BIIF Tennis All-Star Teams Announced

Waiakea's Kallen Mizuguchi in action

BOYS SINGLES                       FIRST TEAM

1- Spencer Travalino, Kealakehe    2- Hunter Lee, St. Joseph      3- Daniel Tada, Hilo      4- Gunnar Austin Lee, St. Joseph


1- Isaiah Brilhante, Waiakea    2- Alden Aguirre, Honokaa     3- Alex Zavarro, Hilo       4- Chris Lysiuk, Kealakehe

GIRLS SINGLES  1 – Sayo Tsukumoto, Kealakehe    2- Ceara Sumida, Waiakea   3- Kendall Tada, Hilo   4- Jenna Gerdsen, Parker

SECOND TEAM– Daisey Green, Kealakehe  – Erin Wakefield-McDonald, Hawaii Prep   – Megan Fujitake, Keaau     – Candice Roddie, Waiakea

1- Kallen Mizuguchi/Kaito Mizutani, Waiakea          2- C.J. Daub/Jeffrey Gelman, Kealakehe
3- Michael Monahan/Jake Moran, Hawaii Prep        4- Zane Moran/Sam Nam, Hawaii Prep
– Dillon Castillo/Shoyo Tsukumoto, Kealakehe     – Chad Hara/Christopher Simons, Waiakea
– Josh Inaba/Kenyon Koa Smith, Parker       – Andrew Trump/Nathan Trump, Kohala
GIRLS DOUBLES                    FIRST TEAM
1- Crystal Makaiwi/Sabrina Yates, Kealakehe      2- Karina Keith/Kristen Winther, Kealakehe
3- Chelsea Sato/Samantha Maesato, Waiakea       4- Kahea Kanuha/Amanda Lerma, Kamehameha-Hawaii
SECOND TEAM    – Jessica Ching/Alyssa Inaba, Konawaena     – Kaede Kanzawa/Stephanie Matsuura, Waiakea
– Tiera Makaiwi/Tammi Nedlic, Kealakehe     – Qiana Hironaka/Shayla Kushi, Waiakea



May 3, 2010 Posted by | tennis | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Track Season Finale Pays Dividends for DeRego

Kamehameha's Isaac DeRego clears 13-6 at Last Chance Meet

KEEAU- Sometimes in life a last chance is all one needs to prove his mettle.  Kamehameha senior Isaac DeRego was given a last chance this past Saturday during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation track & field regular season finale held at Keaau.

    DeRego, who has been pole vaulting for the Warriors for four years, had never gone higher than 12 feet prior to Saturday’s meet.  Needing to clear 13 feet to gain an automatic spot in the HHSAA state championships DeRego took full advantage of his last chance opportunity and cleared 13 feet.

   But the private school Warrior wasn’t done, having the bar raised another six inches, DeRego went on to a stellar performance day by clearing 13-6.

   “I felt good today,” DeRego said after the meet.  “There is something about being at this track (Keaau High School) that gets all us vaulters doing really well.”

   After clearing 13-6 DeRego asked that the bar be raised seven inches and attempted to clear 14-1.  Normally the bar is raised six inches at a time, but DeRego had something bigger he was shooting for.

   “I knew our school record was 14 feet and I wanted to break the record,” he said.  “I’m still really happy with what I did today and will try to go after the record at the BIIF championships in Kona.”

   While DeRego was complimentary of the Keaau track the Fully Automated Timing System or FATS was trying to get the Gremlins out of the software.  The FATS turned from an automated system to an animated system and left computer technology wizards Bob Martin, Chris Drayer and Curt Beck scratching their heads.

  The FATS crew needed to depend upon the ‘old school’ method by using hand times for the entire meet.  The only thing that remained fully operationally was the finish line photo system that came in handy during the girls 800 meter run.

  In the girls two laps race around the track Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock, the BIIF leader with the league’s best time in the 800 and fifth best in the state, took the lead and appeared to be in control of the race, clocking 75 seconds on her first lap with the rest of the field content to hang back.


In the final 100 meters of the second lap, with Chock maintaining her pace, Keaau’s Deann Nishimura-Thornton made a late charge and closed in fast as both girls hit the line in what was a “photo finish.”

  FATS official Chris Drayer made a careful review of the finish line photo’s and declared Nishimura-Thornton the winner.  “The Keaau girl won by the thickness of her jersey,” Dryer said of the 1/1000th of a second difference.

   “I had an adrenaline rush towards the end of my race and I just went for it,” Nishimura-Thornton said of her winning kick.  “I felt really confident today, but when we hit the finish line I didn’t know if I had won or not, I just couldn’t tell.”

   For Chock it was a perfectly equal race, with the senior running 75 seconds for each of her two laps.  “It was the first time I’ve ever run even splits,” Chock said.  “I was supposed to have gone out faster, but I was tired from running the 400 race prior to doing this race.”

   “The 800 is my favorite race because you’re in pain during the entire race, but it feels really good when it’s over,” Nishimura-Thornton said. 

Mosch winning 3K

Honokaa continues to rule the 3K distance race with BIIF cross-country champions Tialana Greenwell and Chris Mosch both winning their seven and a half lap races.

   Mosch, who had the second fastest time in the state at 9 minutes and 23 seconds coming into the race, ran by himself at Keaau to win in 9:32.38.

  “I’m happy with my effort and performance, but it’s difficult to run alone,” Mosch said.  “I ran my fastest time of the season when I was in Honolulu and there were a lot of people around me to help me keep my pace.”

   Mosch was hoping to get out to a 4:52 in the first four laps and found himself already four seconds off his self imposed pace.

   “I’ll have to be able to run a sub 9-minute race to win at states and that’s not going to happen unless I try,” he said.

King Jacob

While many athletes were using the regular season finale as a spring board in preparations for this weekend’s BIIF championships, others were just out to have fun and enjoy the near end of their prep careers.

   The “King of the Hurdles,” Kau’s Jacob Edwards showed his business side by winning both hurdle events and the triple jump while finishing second in the 200 dash.

   But the “King” also entered the high jump for the first time in his four years of BIIF track and field competition.

   “I’ve always wanted to try the high jump,” Edwards said.  “Since this was the end of the regular season, it was the last chance I had to give it a try.”

  The “King” used his Midas touch and turned the high jump into pure gold by winning at 5-8.

 “I never expected to win the event, I just wanted to have fun doing it,” he said.  “If the season was a little longer I probably would like to give the 1500 a try.”

  The BIIF track & field season concludes this weekend with the league qualifiers and finals on May 7-8 at Konawaena.

May 3, 2010 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment