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All BIIF boys track & field selections

Male Athlete of the Year       Cliff Eriksson, Sr., Keaau          

Boys Coach of the Year          Vicky Chai-Guerpo, Keaau

Avery Hardie-Jordan Jr. Kealakehe .            Luca Walter Sr. Kealakehe 

Luca Walter

Chayce Moniz Sr. Honokaa                        Jackson Halford Sr. Waiakea

Damien Packer Sr. Keaau                          Alexander Engdahl Sr. Keaau

Jesse Huihui Sr. Keaau                              Raskassa Johnson Soph. Keaau

Jason Fowler Sr. Kealakehe                      Ezra Comesario Sr. Kealakehe

Johnathan Lomberg Soph. Kealakehe        Aukai Akau Sr. Kamehameha

Alika Sr. Kaopua Ka’ u                                 Shane Brostek Sr. HPA

Katon Pestano Jr. Hilo Jr.                            Kayden Haleakala Sr. HPA

Zack Atagi Sr. Hilo                                       Shawn Correa Doll Sr. Kamehameha

Keoni Yates Soph. Kealakehe                     Michael Morikawa Jr. Waiakea

Mauna Palama-Danielson Sr. Waiakea        Ian McQuate Soph. Waiakea

Kyle Kirk Jr. Kealakehe                                Matthew Winters Jr. Keaau

Keaau Talon Ota Jr. Keaau                           Tyler Yates Sr. Kealakehe

Cyrus Cho Sr. Kealakehe

Honorable mention

HPA: Yasu Miyakawa Sr.; Joey Kailimai, Soph.; Isi Holani, Soph.

Hilo: Mitchell Medeiros, Jr.; Kristian Martinez, Sr.; Johann Kuipers, Sr.; Isreal Sims, Soph.; Stephen Hunter, Soph.; David Alvarez, Sr.;

Joshua Kirkpatrick, Jr.; Sione Holika, Soph.; Justin Freis, Fr.; Ocean Lee, Sr.

Honokaa: Robert Connors, Sr.; Brooks McVey, Jr.; Tony Conners, Soph.; Josh Tobias, Sr.; Dylan Oandasan, Jr.; Micah Kaaihue, Soph.; Kamehameha: Shaun Kagawa, Jr.; Dylan Alip, Sr.; Ryan Maka’ala Cruz, Soph.; Rihei Grothmann, Soph.; Easten Tanimoto, Sr.; Keoni Wong, Sr.; Phil Aganus, Soph.; Taylor Malu Hammond, Jr.

Keaau: Joseph Aquino, Sr.; Jonathan Segovia, Jr.; Nelson Enos, Sr.; Jeffrey Ferrell, Fr.; Greg Matias, Sr.; Lyle Shute, Sr.; Darren Olson, Keaau

Kealakehe: Scott Henderson, Soph.

Konawaena: Kahoalii Karratti; John Repogle; Kalalena Santiago; Wisarut Kanjanawanna

Pahoa: Chevas Gouveia, Sr.; Krimsen Abilla, Soph.; Jake Torres, Sr.; Isaiah Desilva, Fr.

St. Joseph: Andrew Langtry, Jr.; Dayton Kiko, Jr.

Waiakea: Dyson Sato, Soph.; Ian McKee, Jr.; Lono Leasure-Lucas, Jr.; Quinn Shiroma, Soph.

June 13, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keaau High Announces their Athletic Awards for 2012

Team 11-12′

Outstanding Athlete

Coach’s Award

Baseball – JV

Rason Martines

Byron Cachola

Baseball – Varsity

Jonathan Segovia

Cody Silva

Basketball – Boys JV

Edgar Ventura

Eric Longboy

Basketball – Boys Varsity

Nelson Enos

Konnor Kanetani

Basketball – Girls JV

Sisilia Masima

Jasmine Segobia

Basketball – Girls Varsity

Jaclanne Pagala

Randi Estrada

Bowling – Boys



Bowling – Girls

Precious Duyao

Aileen Umayas

Bowling – Girls Varsity




Kiana Akana

Charnalyn Crivello

Cross Country – Boys

Jhun Delle Ventura

Duk Hwan Kim

Cross Country – Girls

DeeAnn Nishimura-Thornton

Mahina Homalon

Football – JV – Defense

Ha’aheo Chan

Tristan Haskell

Football – JV – Offense

Raskassa Johnson

Isiah Segobia

Football – Varsity – Defense

Damien Packer

Treyven AhQuin-Fely

Football – Varsity-Offense

Johnny Vance

Kau Eggers

Judo -Boys

Ha’aheo Chan

Calvin Arca

Judo -Girls

Cherish Harris

Ellienne Alonzo

Paddling – Boys



Canoe Paddling – Boys

Alvin Orita-Cuba

Aina Akui

Canoe Paddling – Girls

Alea Blaisdell

Leimomi Cariaga

Soccer – Boys

Talon Ota

Adrian Martinez

Soccer – Girls

Shani Cosma

Rosilyn Handy

Softball – JV

Shaniya Kamakea-Wong

Rylan Hacoba

Softball – Varsity

Jaclanne Pagala

Kilohi’ikalani Kamakea-Wong

Tennis – Boys

Davin Alviento

BeeJay Ines

Tennis – Girls

Cherese Shelton

Jenna Holliday

Track – Boys

Damien Packer

Jhun Delle Ventura

Track – Grils

Randi Estrada

DeeAnn Nishimura-Thornton

Volleyball – Boys JV



Volleyball – Boys Varsity***

Joseph Ola

Jerald Cabel

Volleyball – Girls JV

Alyssa Huihui

Alyssa Martines

Volleyball – Girls Varsity

Randi Estrada

Kaylee Castillo

Wrestling – Boys

Treyven AhQuin-Fely

Roy Martines

Wrestling – Boys

Cheyden Quiocho


Wrestling – Girls

Ashley Lopez

Tia Kalalau




Athlete of the Year ***

Damien Packer

Jaclanne Pagala

Scholar Athlete of Year***

Konnor Kanetani

Precious Duyao

Athletic Director’s Award***

Alexander Engdahl

Shani Cosma








Jeffery Ferrell

Charnalyn Crivello




May 25, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF’s Finest procduces state champions in Track & Field


KEAAU – Five defending state champions from the Big Island Interscholastic Federation had their titles on the line as the Hawaii High School Athletic Association held the track and field championships over a two day period on Friday and Saturday.

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Shane Brostek (shot and discus) and Zoe Sims (1500), along with Konawaena’s Ua Ruedy, Kealakehe’s Luca Walter and Kamehameha’s Kaenen Akau (long jump) all passed the qualifiers on Friday to make it into the finals on Saturday.

BIIF athletes advanced 21 boys and 19 girls into the finals with individual and team championships on the line.

The defending BIIF boy’s team champions and Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo were looking to place within the top 5 teams during Saturday’s finals.

“The competition at this level is very stiff and I hope our kids are ready to compete,” Chai-Guerpo said.  “Baldwin is probably the team to beat and I’m impressed with them.”

The Bears from Maui came in as the heavy team favorites as their qualifiers were spread deep into the finals.

Chai-Guerpo’s time was split between hosting the state meet and coaching the Cougars.

“I had lots of help from parents, my athletic director, and many other people which made hosting easy for me,” she said.

Brostek had an off two days in the discus throw and finished the championship in 4th place, to be the first defending champ to be unseeded from his crown.

In the shot Brostek came back with a vengeance repeating as the state champion with his toss of 55-7.25.

“I messed up in the discus with bad technique,” Brostek said.  “I’m a little disappointed tonight, even with my shot because I did better during the regular season.”

Brostek is headed to the University of Washington on a football scholarship, but is also thinking of joining the track team.

“I might try to walk on in track, but those guys are pretty awesome,” he said.


Kealakehe’s Luca Walter did what he’s been dreaming of in the finals.

“I finally got my time under 50 seconds,” Walter said of his 400 meter victory.  “Breaking 50 seconds means more to me than winning the state title.”

Walter, a confident senior for the Waveriders, took the race out in lane 5 and ran his own race.

“I actually like lane 3 better because I can see my competition around me,” Walter said.  “I’m a firm believer in God so I asked him to help me.”

During the preliminary trails on Friday a Kealakehe coach timed Walter on his 4×400 anchor leg at 48.99 seconds.

Akau had no trouble defending his long jump title with his leap of 21-11.

“It’s great to repeat as state champ,” Akau said.  “I managed to work out the tension in practice and allowed my technique to carry over into the jump.”

Akau, who most of the season found himself fouling in his first two attempts was composed during the state championships and on Friday unleashed a 22-1 leap to regain his title.

“It was during my last jump on Friday that I hit the 22 mark,” Akau said. 

During the 100 dash Akau claimed third place and was satisfied with that mark.

“Third in the 100 at states, I can’t go wrong with that,” Akau said.  “My mantra coming into states was ‘run fast, jump further’.

The defending 300 hurdle champion, Kona’s Ua Ruedy dove in desperation 18 inches from the finish line to take second place.

Ruedy a real competitor gave 100 percent in her attempt to retain her hurdle crown, falling just short.

Wildcat teammate Lia Galderia won her first track state title leaping 18-01 in the long jump to outdistance the rest of the field.

“I can’t wait to play basketball,” Galderia said after winning the long.  “It was good fun with great coaches, but it’s onto basketball now.”

HPA’s Sims fell in her attempt to repeat in the 1500 when a talented Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman, a sophomore, ran her personal best and gave credit to the two Big Island girls for pushing her during the race.

Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway tried to stay in the pack of Sims and Grossman, but as the event came to its final lap Grossman pulled away for the victory.

Two new state champions were crowned in Keaau’s Cliff Eriksson, wining the high jump going 6-2 and Alexander Engdahl taking the 300 hurdles.

Eriksson was the only competitor to clear 6-2 and he asked that the bar be raised to 6-4.

“I just wanted to see what I could do today,” he said.  “I am happy that I won the state title, but am also disappointed that I couldn’t clear 6-4.”

For Eriksson it proved to be a mental game as the senior put it all together.

“I thought I could and I wanted it,” Eriksson said of the hurdle victory.

Eriksson did have his share of disappointment as his relay team failed to pull out the victory in the 4×100.

“It was a little disappointing,” Eriksson said.  “We were all hoping we could win the relay and it just didn’t happen.”

The Keaau boys were the BIIF team champions and were looking for a top five finish at the state meet.

“I’m very proud of my team,” Coach Chai-Guerpo said.  “This was our greatest season in the history of Keaau.”

The Cougars boys finished fourth overall and was the first BIIF team.

May 13, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Keaau and Kona win first BIIF Titles in Track & Field

Keaau boys celebrate first team title

KEAAU – The Wildcats and Cougars were running wild on Saturday as their track and field teams swept the girls and boys titles at the Big Island Interscholastic Federation championships.

For the Konawaena girls and the Keaau boys this was their first league championships in school history and a big reason to celebrate.

Keaau Coach Vicky Chai-Guerpo was at a loss for words in what was an emotional journey over several years.

“This was a team effort,” the tearful Cougar coach said.  “I’m so proud of them and they did it for themselves, their parents and for their school.”

The Cougars relied on the experience of a sprint core made up of Jesse Huihui, Damien Packer, and Alexander Engdahl with teammate Cliff Ericksson handling the jumps and hurdles.

Packer and Eriksson got the Cougars started going one, two respectively in the 110 hurdles to give the Cougars 18 team points and from that point forward Keaau never relinquished the team lead.

“It feels very exciting and I’m just glad to have had the opportunity,” Packer said of his 110 victory.  “I think I can do better at states if I remain determined and focused.”

Sprinting also translated into victory in the 4×100 with Keaau showcasing their multitalented corps, not only winning the BIIF relay title by posting the best time in the state with a 43.10 time.

Egdahl, Packer, along with Raskassa Johnson and Jessie Huihui were instrumental in the picture perfect sprint relay for the Cougars.

Balance in Keaau’s firepower could be found everywhere with Cougars Engdahl and Eriksson going 1 and 3 respectively in the 300 hurdles for 16 points.

“It feels awesome to win,” Engdahl said.  “This year I think I can do good at states and I will try my best.”

“This was our first BIIF title, in any sport, in school history,” Keaau Athletic Director Iris McGuire said.  “We entered the BIIF during the 1998-’99 season, so this title means a lot to our school.”

Chai-Guerpo has been the track and field coach at Keaau since 2000.

Keaau’s talent all started with middle school coach Randee Arkin

“Everyone in this school will know that it is possible,” Chai-Guerpo said.  “I’ve been coaching for a while and this has been a long time in coming.”

While the Cougar boys were racking up an enormous lead in the team standing, eventually winning by more than 40 points over a talented Kealakehe squad, the Wildcats girls were in a seesaw battle for their team title.

 Kona using their two big guns in Ua Ruedy and Lia Galdeira were heavily relied upon to score the big points, but it was the few unexpected points that helped put them over the top in a close battle.

Wildcat Coach Kuulei Karratti-Saole had predicted the team’s victory the day before saying, “We should win by 10 to 15 points.”

The Kona coach knew her team well and relied upon Galdeira to score 50 points and Ruedy to add another 34 to keep a talented Hawaii Preparatory Academy team at bay during most of the day.

At one point, with just three events to go, HPA trailed the Wildcats by 14 points with the 3K, 200 dash and 4×400 relay left.

Four pivotal points were scored by Kona’s little known freshman, Shayli Nakamoto in the 3000 run with her fourth place finish.

“I just wanted to keep my team in first place,” Nakamoto said.  “I feel really important.”

Nakamoto’s contribution managed to keep the Wildcat lead and it was a surprise victory in the 200 that sealed the team win for Kona.

The 200 dash saw Galdeira get disqualified in a false start the day before and it became a surprise victory for teammate Ruedy that sealed the deal.

“I never thought I could win the 200,” Ruedy said.  “It is a big win for me and our team.”

“I think this is the first time Kona has won a BIIF team track title,” Karratti-Saole said.

Karratti-Saole is in her fourth year at the helm of the Wildcat track program.  She is also a former state champion in track winning the gold medal in the 100 back in 2003.

Kona edged out HPA for the girls team title by 11 points.

The upset of the day may have come in the girls 1500 run with Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway taking on defending state champion, HPA’s Zoe Sims.

HPA, known for their talented distance runners, took a pack of four runners immediately to the lead.

“I didn’t want to get boxed in so I moved out with 300 to go,” Garson-Shumway said.

It became an all out sprint to the finish with Sims and teammate Kristiana Van Pernis staying on the heels of Garson-Shumway.

All three girls crossed the finish line under the meet record, with Garson-Shumway winning in 4:53.36, Sims 4:54.63, and Van Pernis 4:55.23.

“I didn’t expect to win,” Garson-Shumway said.  “We are all friends and this is not about winning, it’s about the experience.”

Garson-Shumway was quick to give credit to her teammate, freshman Mehana Sabado-Halpern for helping to push her during practice.

“Mehana helps to push me and she is a real nice running partner,” Garson-Shumway said.

Sims later returned to the oval to redeem the situation in the 800 winning in a meet record time of 2:18.46 to edge out Garson-Shumway, 2:20.02.

The girl’s pole vault title went to HPA senior Sydney Budde at 8-6 with Kealakehe sophomore Kristi Lovell finish second.

The senior, who has vaulted all four years, was excited about her first BIIF title.

“That’s insane that I made it this far,” Budde said.  “I’ve been second in my previous three years.”

Keaau will play host to the Hawaii High School Athletic Association track and field championships on Friday and Saturday, May 11 and 12.

May 7, 2012 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2011 BIIF Boys Track & Field All-League Team

Akau named BIIF MVP

2011 BIIF Track and Field   Boys All-League Team

Boys MVP: Keanan Aukai Akau, Jr., Kamehameha

Boys First Team:   Hawaii Prep: Shane Brostek, Jr.
Honokaa: Chris Mosch, Sr,
Kamehameha HI: Aukai Akau, Jr.; Everett McKee Sr.
Ka’u: Alika Kaopua, Jr.
Keaau: Nelson Enos, Jr.
Kealakehe: Dylan Navarro, Sr.; Luca Walter, Jr.
Waiakea: Travis Winters

Boys Second Team          Hawaii Prep: George Twigg-Smith, Sr.
Hilo: Daniel Taylor, Sr.; Zachary Atagi, Jr.
Keaau: Jesse Huihui, Jr.; Alexander Engdahl, Jr.; Greg Matias, Jr.
Kealakehe: Geoff Whitener, Sr.
Waiakea: Grant Uekawa, Sr.; Jackson Halford, Jr.; Michael Morikawa, So.; Mauna Palama-Danielson, Sr.

Boys Honorable Mention:

Christian Liberty: Jordan Grotenhuis, So.
Hawaii Prep: Christian Lee, Sr.; Yasu Miyakawa, Jr.; Joey Kailimai, Fr.; Kyle Katase, Sr.; Rokas Cesnulevicius, Sr.; Kayden Haleakala, Jr.; David McMahon, Sr.
Hilo: Raskassa Johnson, Fr.; Johann Kuipers, Jr,; Tyde Kaneshiro, Sr.;  Katon Pestano, So.; Billy Ray, Sr.; Cole Carpenter, Sr.; Isaia Fuiava, Sr.;
Honokaa: Chayse Moniz, Jr.; Joshua Robinson, Sr.; Bobby Uesi, Sr.
Kamehameha HI: Shawn Correa Doll, Jr.; Easten Tanimoto, Jr.;  Micah Kaaihue, Fr.
Keaau: Matthew Winters, So.; Talon Ota, So.; Kevin Olsen, Sr.; Joseph Aquino Jr, Jr.; Johnny Chow, Sr.; Viliami Fahiua, Jr.
Kealakehe: Ezra Comesario, Jr.
Konawaena: Jeremiah May, Sr.; Kahoali`i Karratti, Fr.
St. Joseph: Andrew Langtry, Jr.
Waiakea: Stephen McAuliffe; Keoni Rice; Ian McQuate; Kevin Nicolas; Ryne Uemura; Solomon Thomas, Sr. 

Boys Coach of the Year: Lance Tominaga, Waiakea


May 28, 2011 Posted by | High School Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment