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Go-Kart Club will hold races at Hilo Raceway on November 6

Go-kart club will hold races Nov. 6

The Orchid Island Ohana Kart Club will hold races Nov. 6 at Hilo Raceway, replacing an event previously scheduled for Nov. 26.

For more information, call James Lucas (938-1626) or Darrell Sato (756-3886).

Oct. 22 results

Junior 1   1. Klyson Kaiwi  2. Shannon Augustin   3. Nicholas Lucas

Junior supersportsman   1. Logan Sato    Senior supersportsman   1. Lisa Lucas

Yamaha pipe   1. James Lucas  2 Kerry Eckert     TAG   1. Al Haraguchi


October 31, 2011 Posted by | Kart Racing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Former Waiakea X-C runner, Now the Black Swan of Taipei

Taiwan’s Black Swan

Former Waiakea cross country runner, from 1996 to 2000, Jaclynn Joseph, is now an international model in Asia and recently appeared in Taipei for Halloween dressed as the ‘Black Swan’ 

Ballet Dancers are athletes too 🙂

visit her site at: http://www.jaclynnjoseph.com/

Happy Halloween 2011

High School cross country runners can be anything they want to be.

Happy Halloweed to all! 

October 31, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vulcan soccer coach, Marc Miranda, Living his childhood dream

Marc Miranda

Childhood dreams often disappear as we get older and different things get in the way as we are shuffled into different paths.

But for some of us, lucky enough to keep the flame going well into adulthood, those childhood dreams can pay off into a lifelong clenching satisfaction of today’s reality.

For Marc Miranda growing up in Honokaa was a continuous journey of activity starting with riding his bike everywhere.

“My friends and I had a pretty active lifestyle,” Miranda said.  “We biked everywhere and anywhere we could whether it was down Waipio Valley or up to Waimea to go swimming in Anna’s Pond.”

Miranda’s true calling in sports participation came at St. Joseph Elementary School with a teacher named Bob Holt.

“Mr. Holt introduced soccer to me,” Miranda said.  “I played every recess on the asphalt parking lot right behind the Our Lady of Lords Catholic Church.”

Miranda recalls some epic matches on the school’s campus with fellow students and at the end of the day, when it was time to go home to Honokaa, he remembers going with his best friend, David Cypriano, to play in his Aunty Nancy’s yard.

“Her house had two monkey pod trees that were four yards apart, which was a perfect goal, and then the other goal was facing her kitchen window,” Miranda said.  “That was the one we wanted to defend because the other person never wanted to shoot because if they hit that window, ‘GAME OVER!’

Miranda and his friends played soccer everyday for countless hours, but his love for other sports also grew.

“My friends and I would play everything, football, basketball, body boarding, baseball, dodge ball, you name it and we did it,” Miranda said.

Miranda explains that due to the lack of quality video games back during his childhood he and his friends were always outside, playing. 

In high school Miranda played volleyball, baseball and ran track during his senior year for the Cardinal, but soccer was his true love.

“None of the other sports really stuck with me too long because we usually had a soccer tourney that we were gearing up for and traveling to and that took up most of my time,” he said.

His love for soccer paid dividends as the 1997 St. Joseph graduate went on to play collegiately for Missouri Valley College in Marshall.

“I got to play all four years in college and it also afforded me the opportunity to see parts of the United States that I’d never thought I’d get to see,” Miranda said.  “It made me appreciate coming home to Hawaii, for sure.”

Today Miranda is a Personal Banker for First Hawaiian Bank in Hilo where he provides a wide range of services in what he calls a customer oriented operation.

“It’s my job to come up with different strategy’s on individuals personal investments,” Miranda said.  “There is a bit of pressure associated with that and making sure that our investors are taken care of during a period when our economy is fluctuating.”

Miranda is also the Head Soccer Coach at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where he is responsible for 30 young women between the ages of 18 and 24.

“The soccer stuff is easy, it’s the traveling during the season that is added stress on my body and mind as we need to organize events so that there is a minimal amount of stress that the athletes have to deal with while on the trip,” he said.

As a stress relief Miranda will get into the UHH athletic facility at least twice a week to work on his cardio, either on the elliptical machine and working out with his ladies team.

“I’ll spend 35 minutes on the elliptical machine, then 20 minutes on free weights,” Miranda said.  “I’ll also walk my dog almost every day for 20 to 30 minutes so that he gets his exercise.”

Of course, Miranda can also be seen on the soccer field kicking the ball around with the women on a regular basis.

I had to laugh when Miranda told me that as he gets older, he’s 32, he needs to be more conscience of what he eats and the portion size.

“I stay away from white rice and fried foods as much as I can and really try to eat more vegetables and freshly grown foods,” he said.

Miranda also just discovered the value of a juicer and tried to juice every meal, for two weeks, with amazing results.

“I juiced everything and added some exercise and lost 20 pounds during that 2 week period,” Miranda said.  “The weight loss made a huge difference in my energy level and overall mood.”

Miranda will still juice every morning, but admits to finding it difficult to drink kale and other vegetable every day.

“My girlfriend, Megan Fuller is an ER nurse, and she got me started into juicing,” he said.  “She is usually right about all things concerning the body.”

In three years, or by the time he turns 35, Miranda hopes to run his first marathon, a distance of 26.2 miles. 

“Running a marathon would mean getting dedicated and having a long term plan and sticking with it,” Miranda said.  “I’d also like to get back down to my college playing weight of 180 to 185 as this was the best shape I’d ever been.”

Miranda continues to play in a men’s soccer league in Hilo while working two jobs.

“I find that if I don’t exercise for at least 30 minutes per day the stress really piles up, he said. Exercise allows me time to stop thinking and just be focused on one singular task and sort of just quiets my mind, which is a great thing for me.”

Miranda continues to live his childhood dream while serving his community on a daily basis.

And someday should you happen to see a tall, thin stranger coming jogging the streets of Keaau remember to smile, say “woof” and never shy away from “Running with the Big Dog.”

Email the Big Dog at waiakeabigdog@aol.com


October 31, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hawaii Prep girls cross country HHSAA state champions for 2011


“Something special and magical happened today,” Coach Michael Franklin said when learning that his Hawaii Preparatory Academy girls cross country team won the state title.

Ka Makani harriers gave everything they had during the 49th Annual Hawaii High School Athletic Association cross country championships held Saturday at the Kapalua Village Golf Course on Maui.

 “Everything worked out according to how we trained over the years, as we ran as a team and packed our runners together,” Franklin said.

HPA the Big Island Interscholastic Federation team champion went step to step with HHSAA six time defending champion Punahou in what proved to be a run for state bragging rights.

Ka Makani harriers were runner up to Punahou last year, but turned the tables on the Buff and Blue with their pack style running.

HPA had all five girls in the top 9, which saw their lead pack of Kristiana Van Pernis, Mariah Haight,   Zoe Sims, Emily Evans and Kelly Ulrich finish fifth through ninth respectively.

This was Hawaii Preps first girls cross country state title since 1994 when the team was coached by Phil Conley.

“Phil Conley and Stan Shutes have played an important role in the success of this program,” Franklin said.  “Those two coaches established the foundation for what we have today as they instilled the tradition and philosophy behind our success.  I just happened to step into a program that fits my style of coaching.”

Franklin also contributed a huge portion of his team’s ascent to being the best in the state to having the right combination of young runners.

“We have the right group of personalities with great team leadership and really positive attitudes,” Franklin said. “What happened today was very special and magical and I’m very proud of what we did.”

Kelly Ulrich

HPA’s number five runner, Kelly Ulrich, didn’t run on the varsity team last year and was key to the team’s success in winning the team championship by finishing 9th overall this year.

“Our coaches read a poem called ‘Power of the Pack’ and I kept listen to the words in that poem as I wanted to be able to see our top four girls during the race,” Ulrich said.  “I didn’t expect to do as well as I did, but it felt really good to run fast and stay with our pack.”

Kristiana Van Pernis had a 14th place finish last year during state competition and was the first BIIF girl to cross the finish line this season in fifth place overall.

“I felt like I turned my brain off during the race and just focused on running,” Van Pernis said.  “I enjoyed running with my teammates and that’s where all my thoughts went.”

Trying to stay with the HPA pack was Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi who placed 11th overall (the top 20 individual boys and girls received state medals.

“This was a phenomenal season,” Kobayashi said.  “I had my best finish ever in the four years I’ve run states.  I just tried to get out fast and not get boxed in at the beginning of the race.  I used the HPA pack as I was trying to make my way up to them.”

Kobayashi, a senior, was pleased with the outcome.

“I left everything on the course,” she said.  “I kept thinking about what my coach (Rosado) told me early in the season, that cross country doesn’t require a lot of equipment, just a lot of heart.”

Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman a sophomore won the individual state title for a second year finishing in a time of 19 minutes 27 seconds

In the boys race it was Waiakea’s Jackson Halford being the first Big Island runner to cross the finish line with St Joseph’s Andrew Langtry close behind.  Halford finished eighth overall in a field of 160 runners, managed to redeem himself after a second place finish during the BIIF championships the week before.

“This race more than made up for my finish at the BIIF championships,” Halford said.

“I beat my personal goal coming into states,” Halford said.  “I was just hoping to come in 10th this year after my 25th place finish last year.”

Halford started out slow during the opening mile of the three mile race and his strategy paid big dividends.

“I knew everyone was going to go out really fast and then die,” Halford said.  “At the first mile marker I was in 40th place and people started falling back.”

Halford a senior believes this was the best race of his four year racing career.

For Langtry who finished tenth overall this was his first opportunity to participate in the state cross country championships.

“It was great and I went out perfectly,” Langtry said.  “I was staying close to Jackson and we helped push each other.  Also having my dad come out to watch the race was something that helped me run well.”

Waiakea boys were the top scoring BIIF team, placing ninth to BIIF champion’s Honokaa tenth place finish.

“I told my guys if they didn’t do well today they’d be walking back to Kahului,” a joking Warrior Coach Rosado said.  “They were a lot more serious and focused today than they were at the BIIF Championships a week ago.”

Leilehua won the boys team title with 55 beating out Maui 63 and Iolani with 74 points.

Other top BIIF finishers placing within the top 100 on Maui were:

Boys: 27) Parker’s Paul Gregg  30) Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll,  45) Honokaa’s Robert Conners, 54) Waiakea’s Ian McQuate  62) Honokaa’s Tony Conners  76) Waiakea’s Robbey Meguro  77) Hilo’s Stephen Hunter  80) Kealakehe’s Luka Walter  84) Kamehameha’s Makaala Cruz  92) Parker’s Jesse Tarnas  94) Honokaa’s Chayce Moniz  96) HPA’s Justin Macy    97) HPA’s Michael Rogerson

Girls:   15) Kealakehe’s Kari Van Mols  26) Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway  30) Hilo’s Satya Ray   35) Kealakehe’s Sydney Kirkhill  38) Makua Lani Joy Choe 45) Makua Lani’s Grace Choe  47) Keaau’s Deann Nishimura-Thornton  53) HPA’s Veronica Ladwig  56) Kamehameha’s Erin Carvalho  61) Konawaena’s Shayli Nakamoto  63) Hilo’s Shalila De Bourmont  66) Kealakehe’s Mika Bettencourt  67) Kamehameha’s Corin Kim  69) HPA’s Cat Bradley  80)  Hilo’s Jordyn Breithbarth   81)  Hilo’s Kaylee Rapoza    82) Keili Dorn Makua Lani  84) Honokaa’s  Hildhang Adams 85) Honokaa’s Elizabeth Aguirre  92) Honokaa’s Kelly Greenwell  93)  Kamehameha’s Mikela Cabel  95) Makua Lani’s Tiffany Nakamura   100) Keaau’s Natalie Hagemann

October 30, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

HPA girls beats Punahou to win HHSAA state cross country team championships

 HPA wins state championship team title with 35 points, Punahou scores 50

HPA Kristiana Van Pernis, Mariah Haight, Zoe Sims, Emily Evans, Kelly
Ulrich, Veronica Ladwig, Cat Bradley
2 Punahou
2 3 10 15 20 (21) (63) = 50
Elli Brady, Kyleigh Mann, Hallie Lam, Melissa Wong, Noe Lum, Jamie
Durso, Nanea Tuttle
3 Kamehameha-Kapalama
11 19 24 32 34 (49) (51) = 120
Carly Neal, Kai Hoshijo, Liana Dollar, Brianna Summer, Janelle Stone,
Nicole Oka, Jordan Lee
4 Iolani
4 35 37 38 39 (46) (55) = 153
Breanne Ball, Paige Omura, Chaynna Guinto, Krislyn Kuraya, Marissa
Miyagi, Casey Morrissey, Kelly Cournoyer
5 Seabury
1 12 13 61 68 = 155
Dakota Grossman, Justine Malek, Kiana Smith, Amanda Perreira, Olivia
6 Leilehua
16 17 29 43 56 (59) = 161
Brooklin Jensen, Katelyn Lacamera, Celina Eklund, Rhiannon Cleveland,
Mary Eccles, Michaela Ross
7 Hilo
22 25 44 57 58 (71) (92) = 206
Carmen Garson-Shumway, Satya Ray, Shalila De Bourmont, Jordyn
Breitbarth, Kaylee Rapoza, Nina Bean, Karina Lawrence

October 29, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment