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BIIF schools do poorly in girls volleyball HHSAA day 1

New City Nissan / HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships

Division I First Round from Kaimuki High

Pearl City def Hilo, 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-23, 15-12 )

Pearl City (51 kills, 8 service aces, , 9 blocks)

7 Kaya Chong 20 kills, 2 blocks

10 Johnai Kapua 9 kills, 4 blocks

8 Courtney Mersberg 7 kills

2 Kacie Chinen 4 service aces

1 McKayla Apo 3 service aces

Hilo (53 kills, 14 service aces, 4 blocks)

2 Amanda Loefer 17 kills, 4 service aces

12 Evalani Toilolo 13 kills, 2 service aces

21 Leilani Smith 6 kills, 4 service aces

New City Nissan / HHSAA Girls Volleyball State Championships

Division II first round at Farrington

Hawaii Prep def. Hawaii Baptist, 3-1 (25-21, 24-26,28-26, 25-20)

HAWAII BAPTIST    Tiana Limoz 17 kills, 2 aces   Kanoelani Yadao 7 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces

Jolie Ayabe 5 kills, 4 blocks    Jaryn Ramos 14 assists     Megan Horita 22 assists, 4 blocks 

HAWAII PREP    McKenna Ventura 10 kills, 2 aces    Gabbie Ewing 20 kills

Tiana Reynolds 10 kills  Camille Kiyota 9 assists   Nua Potts 24 assists, 2 aces 

Tiana Bertlemann-Tabac 3 aces 

 Division II first round at Farrington

La Pietra def. Konawaena, 3-2 (25-23, 25-18, 19-25, 23-25, 15-12)

KONAWAENA  Rayne Izumi-Baltero 4 blocks   Chanelle Molina 14 kills, 4 aces

Kaela Avanilla 13 kills, 3 blocks, 3 aces   Makani Wall 49 assists, 2 blocks 

Courtney Kaupu 21 kills, 3 blocks 

 LA PIETRA    Carmen Sharkey 50 assists    Ariana Sattler 26 kills, 3 blocks, 3 ace Chelsea Cypress 3 blocks   Salote Lopes-Liutolo 22 kills


October 31, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

14th Annual Civilian Marksmanship Program – HHSAA Championship – Oct 30

Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association
P.O. Box 62029, Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96839
Ph: (808) 587-4495 ∙ Fax: (808) 587-4496
Media Contact: Natalie Iwamoto  iwamoto@hhsaa.org

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012 – Kamehameha-Hawaii

7 a.m. Check-in
8 a.m. Coaches/Competitors briefing at firing range
8:30 a.m. Girls competition
Boys competition (to follow girls)
2:30 p.m. Awards ceremony

OIA 16 15
ILH 7 9
BIIF 7 7
MIL 7 6
KIF 5 5
TOTAL 42 42

Tournament Site:
16-718 Volcano Road
Kea‘au, HI 96749

Admission: Free

Natalie Iwamoto, HHSAA Director of Information, will be the primary media contact for results. She can be reached at 778-7275 or by e-mail at iwamoto@hhsaa.org

Results will be posted on the HHSAA website, http://www.sportshigh.com, after the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

The top high school marksmen from across the state will compete in the 14th Annual Civilian Marksmanship Program/HHSAA Championships, Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Kamehameha-Hawaii campus in Kea‘au, Big Island. This year’s field includes defending girls champion Kellie Iwasaki (Waiakea).

While there is some variation among the leagues on team size and selection process to the state championships, all utilize the sporter air rifle in 3-position competition. Precision air rifles are not allowed. League competition, with the exception of Maui, is primarily team-based with an individual championship ending the season.

The HHSAA championship is one of two in the United States that are sanctioned by the high school athletic governing body. Georgia is the only other state with a sanctioned championship.

Shooters fire 20 recorded shots in each position – prone, standing and kneeling. A perfect score is 600. Teams are made up of four firing members from the same school.

Civilian Marksmanship Program:
It is the mission of the Civilian Marksmanship Program to promote firearm safety and marksmanship training with special emphasis on youths. For more information on CMP, log on to http://www.odcmp.com

Tournament Procedure:

All competitors in each gender fire in three positions: prone, kneeling and standing. Shooters fire 20 shots in each position.

All competitors shoot at the same time, beginning with the prone position. The targets are 32.8 feet away.

Thirty minutes are allowed for prone shooting. When completed, the targets are retrieved and standing targets are mounted.

There is a five-minute changeover period between shooting positions to prepare for the next phase.

Forty minutes are allowed for standing shooting. When completed, those targets are retrieved and kneeling targets are mounted.

Thirty minutes are allowed for kneeling shooting.
Rules & Scor

October 30, 2012 Posted by | Air Riglery | | Leave a comment

Battling through Rheumatoid Arthritis – Jodi Kunimoto


If anyone out there suffers from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) you would know how painful it is in your joints.

Jodi Kunimoto is one such person who was diagnosed at age 27 and has lived with the disease for almost 2 decades.

“I never expected to have to deal with a chronic pain ailment up until the diagnoses,” Kunimoto said.  “I led a pretty active life and I was a leisure jogger and took aerobics classes three to four times per week before the onset of the disease.”

Kunimoto found it difficult to exercise shortly thereafter but made adjustments to deal with the pain.

“It was difficult to exercise for the pain and stiffness was unbearable at times,” Kunimoto said.  “It felt like I had it in all my joints of my body, especially my knees, elbows, wrists, neck, shoulders, and even the joints in my jaw would hurt.”

Kunimoto would also have mood swings as a result of RA.

“I also had mild depression due to the physical limitations that I had experienced at the time,” she said.  “I had also put on some weight because the steroids doctors prescribed to control the inflammation.”

Kunimoto found that getting out of bed in the morning was difficult and struggled with her normal exercise routine.

“I felt fatigued all day and after work, I’d need to sleep, I felt so tired,” Kunimoto said.

Although never participating in youth sports Kunimoto was active with the Honolulu based YMCA as a youth leader.   “Where body mind and spiritual development were emphasized,” she said.

Today Kunimoto works at the University of Hawaii at Hilo as an Academic and Career Advisor.

“I would not consider my job stressful,” she said.  “But the balance of working full time and care giving roles can be stressful as times.”

 Kunimoto’s brother died last November due to glioblastoma (brain cancer).  “When that happened my 84 year old mother, who was living with him had to uproot herself from Honolulu to come to live in Hilo,” Kunimoto said.

Balance of care has been made to consider adjustments for the entire Kunimoto household.

“It has been an adjustment for my daughter, spouse, and my mom,” Kunimoto said.  “Balance of marriage, care for myself and full time work can take its toll.”

Exercise has become a stress breaker for Kunimoto.

“As a mom and care-giver I also give myself permission to take care of myself,” Kunimoto said.  “During my early morning walk with my shelties I am spending time with my dogs, exercising them and me at the same time.”

After Kunimoto sees the family off for the day she starts her morning at the YWCA swimming pool.

“I  head to either to UH pool for lap swimming or the YWCA pool for water aerobics,” she said.  “If I head to the UH pool I may just also fit in a little bit  of light strength training before diving in, just so I can upkeep/build the muscle around my joints.”

Kunimoto doesn’t allow the wet weather of Hilo to interfere with her workouts.

The weather in Hilo isn’t a barrier to my daily walks outside,” she said.  “My family is consistently amazed how I avoid the heavy dose of rain on my walks and bike rides.”

She tells them that God knows that I need a walk so that He holds the rain off until she is done, according to Kunimoto.

“Actually though, I think I’ve learned like any other Hilo person to read the sky, and estimate how much time we have until it may  rain and when you’re not sure about it, don’t all of us Hilo  people carry umbrellas?”

As for diet Kunimoto is careful what she eats.

“I am careful about what I eat by limiting the amount that I eat,” she said.

“I eat what I like but have learned to put a limit on the amount I take in,” Kunimoto said.  “I watch that the scale doesn’t go over the point limit of no return for me.”

Kunimoto has found it easier to maintain than to lose weight for she has had a yoyo affair with dieting.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a long term disease that leads to inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissue.  It’s cause is unknown and it is an autoimmune disease which means the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks healthy tissue, according to Kunimoto.

“I got to the stage where I finally accepted my fate,” she said.  “The disease will not go away and I have to make a choice.  I have to get a handle on it and manage it.  This takes time and conscious effort, but I’ll get there.”

Kunimoto is making the most of what she has and looking on the positive side while exercising and maintaining a healthy diet.

“Having to face RA like any other chronic illness is probably one of the greatest lessons we will have in life,” Kunimoto said.  “It has taught me not to take your good health for granted, so take care of yourself, listen to your body, be patient with yourself and others, slow down if you need to and don’t sweat the small stuff.

Kunimoto can empathize with those going through similar life challenge.

“I can relate to those going through a similar process of their own physical, psychological, and spiritual challenges in life,” she said.

And someday should you happen to see someone facing his own challenges in life remember to smile say “woof” and never shy away from “’’Running with the ‘’Big Dog.”

Email to Big Dog at waiaeabigdog@aol.com

October 29, 2012 Posted by | Profiles | , , , | 2 Comments

Random photos from 2012 Cross Country Championships

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October 28, 2012 Posted by | High School Runners | | Leave a comment

Dakota Grossman gets three peat in HHSAA cross country

Coach Bobby with daughter Dakota Grossman

WAIMEA – It wasn’t a repeat performance for the state defending champions the Hawaii Preparatory Academy as they finished runner up to Punahou in team standings while Dakota Grossman of Seabury Hall won her third individual Hawaii High School State Championship.

“I won it my freshman, sophomore and this year my junior year,” Grossman said of the third consecutive state championship.  “It doesn’t get any easier as I still need to work just as hard.”

Things haven’t changed for Grossman as she always tries to get out fast and at the state meet she has lots of harriers willing to do just that.

During her 3 mile race Grossman in traditional fashion took the lead from start to finish with Elli Brady of Punahou and sister Teri Brady sticking close behind.

“My father Bobby Grossman has been coaching me since I was little,” Grossman said.  “Just this season we became Division II (Seabury) and we won the D II title.

Grossman won the race in 20 minutes 21 seconds with HPA’s Zoe Sims becoming the first Big Island Interscholastic Federation top finisher in 5th place with a time of 21:00 flat.

Other BIIF girls medaling at states (top 20 medals) was HPA’s Erin Evans (7th 21:21); HPA’s Kristiana Van Pernis (9th 21:40); Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway (19th 22:13); Mehana Sabado-Halpern (20th 22:20).

There were chants of go HPA erupting from the Parisian crowd as the course favorite certainly had those in attendance on their side.

“I’m happy with my race and I did have a PR (personal record)   on this course today.” Garson-Shumway said.  “I went out more relaxed but wasn’t able to stay with my friends from HPA except for Mariah (Haight) as we usually run together as a pack.”

Viking teammate Salbado-Halpern allowed her adrenaline to carry her to a medal.

“I was really excited and this was my first cross country state meet,” she said.   “I didn’t allow those negative thought to creep into head.”

Punahou girls regained the girl’s team title and coach Duncan MacDonald was quick to point out his Hilo ties.

“I was born in Hilo,” MacDonald said.  “This is a great cross country course, we would be happy to run here every year because this is a true cross country course and the course is challenging.”

MacDonald had Kudos for his girls saying that “they are great, and very coachable.”

Punahou won the team title with 42 points over runner up HPA with 72, Kamehameha-Kapalama 186, Mid Pacific Institute 205.

Kamemaha-Hawaii was 9th overall with 247 and Hilo  10th with 255 to round out the top BIIF schools.

For the boys team title it was Coach Steve Jenness from Kamehameha-Kapalama returning his to the winners circle for his 11 state championship in 16 years.

“I would like to have the state meet here every year, as this type of course, I feel is one of the best cross country courses in the state,” he said.

Jenness is in his 29th year at the helm and his coaching philosophy is simple.

“I tell my kids to ‘never say never.”  “At HPA there is a little bit of surprises and there is an interesting mix out on the course to keep it challenging.”




In the boys 3 miler it was a source of redemption as Parker’s Paul Gregg became the first BIIF harrier to cross the finish line.


“My goal today was just to come in first from the BIIF,” Gregg said.  Gregg did just that finishing 22nd overall in 18:30, two places out of pocketing a state medal).


“This was redemption, pretty much a payback for letting Honokaa’s Tony Conners win BIIF’s,” Gregg said.


Conners finished in 51st place with a time of 19:13.


Waiakea’s Ian McQuate was the only one to challenge Gregg,  finishing 31st in 18:51.


“I passed Ian with .5 miles to go in the race,”  Gregg said.  “I feel as though I am going out on top as a senior.”


Gregg did manage to set a PR on the HPA course.


In boys team standings it was 6 times BIIF champions Honokaa placing 12th with 315 points with Kealakehe 337, Kamehameha-Hawaii 14 with 345.


But it wasn’t as bad as it seemed for the Warrior boys.


“It was the first time we’ve had a scoring team qualifying for a state championship,” Coach Ryan Cabalse said.  “I was hoping for a top 10 finish but I’ll take 14th overall.”


“The Kamehameha boys cross country program has been in existence 10 years and this is the first time in our history we’ve qualified a scoring team to state,” Coach Cabalse said.


“The difference is now they enjoy running and each other,” Coach Cabalse said.  “Run for each other and enjoy the moment.”


Lupe Diaz returned an HPA boys scoring team for the first time since 2010 and felt that his scoring team had the ability to break into the top 10 at states, but Ka Makani team was 17th overall to conclude the season.


Kamehameha-Kapalama’s Davis Kaahanui won the boys individual title with a time of 17:07.










October 27, 2012 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , | Leave a comment