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BIIF Boys cross country All League Selections

Coach Abner

 

Halford

Correa Doll

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     

BOYS All-League

 

(based on finish at BIIF Championship on 22-Oct)

       
     

1st Team

 

CHAMPION

 

Chayce Moniz

12

Honokaa

2nd place

 

Jackson Halford

12

Waiakea

3rd place

 

Andrew Lantry

11

St. Joseph’s

4th place

 

Shawn Correa Doll

12

Kamehameha

5th place

 

Paul Gregg

11

Parker

6th place

 

Ian Mcquate

10

Waiakea

7th place

 

Brandt Mabuni

12

Makua Lani

         
         
     

2nd Team

 

8th place

 

Tony Connors

10

Honokaa

9th place

 

Robert Connors

12

Honokaa

10th place

 

Luca Walter

12

Kealakehe

11th place

 

Stephen Hunter

10

Hilo

12th place

 

Max Panoff

10

Hilo

13th place

 

Alden Aguirre

12

Honokaa

14th place

 

Hajime Hiyano

10

Waiakea

         

Coach of the Year

 

 

JOSHUA ABNER

 

 

 

 

Honokaa High School

 

         
   

 

2011 BIIF Team Champions

 

   

 

HONOKAA HIGH SCHOOL

 

         
         
         

HONORABLE MENTION

 

     
     

BOYS

 

Christian Liberty

 

 

Caedan Cambra, Keenan Freitas

 

Hawaii Prep

 

 

Michael Spetich, Justin Macy, Hide Akai

 

Hilo

 

 

Max Kerr, Hyrum Kim

 

Honokaa

 

 

Clayton Robinson, PedroSanches,Seanry Agbayani

 

Kamehameha

 

 

Maka’ala Cruz, Colton Hill, Jordan Hirae

 

Ka’u

 

 

Jemy Ray Palancia, Cash Sheppard

 

Kea’au

 

 

Jhun Delle Ventura, Davin Alviento, Arman Navarro

 

Kealakehe

 

 

Scott Henderson, CJ, Agusen

 

Kohala

 

 

Josiah Adams, Domenic Defiesta

 

Makua Lani

 

 

Devin Vandervoort, Andrew Dong,Aidan Alcos

 

Pahoa

 

 

Kristian Abilla

 

Parker

 

 

Jesse Tarnas, Tyler McCullough

 

Waiakea

 

 

Dyson Sato, Keoni Rice, Robbey Meguro

 

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BIIF X-C champs, Honokaa and Hawaii Prep, starting 7 for HHSAA championship

Bradley

Cat

11

Hawaii Prep

Evans

Emily

11

Hawaii Prep

Haight

Mariah

10

Hawaii Prep

Ladwig

Veronica

10

Hawaii Prep

Sims

Zoe

11

Hawaii Prep

Ulrich

Kelly

10

Hawaii Prep

Van Pernis

Kristiana

10

Hawaii Prep

Agbayani

Seanry

10

Honokaa

Aguirre

Alden

12

Honokaa

Conners

Robert

12

Honokaa

Conners

Tony

10

Honokaa

Moniz

Chayce

12

Honokaa

Robinson

Clayton

11

Honokaa

Sanches

Pedro

11

Honokaa

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Lady Ka Makani looking to continue BIIF Cross Country Dynasty

Lady harriers from Hawaii Prep

The Hawaii Prep girls cross country program doesn’t don Yankee pinstripes, it doesn’t channel Celtic pride and it’s never celebrated their victories with the Lambeau leap.  But in its own realm, Ka Makani wahine are every bit as dominant.

Since 1980 the ladies from Hawaii Preparatory Academy have dominated the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross county winning league titles in 27 of the past 31 years, according to Ka Makani athletic director Stephen Perry.

The BIIF cross country season opens this Saturday with the HPA girls team coming in as heavy favorites to win yet another league championship.

Waiakea (1983 & 1991) and Kamehameha (2005 & 2007) were the only other schools to win BIIF girls team titles and HPA looks on track to continue their cross country dominance.

Ka Makani return four of the varsity seven from last year’s league champions with Zoe Sims, Emily Evans, Kristiana Van Pernis and Mariah Haight leading the way.

Head coach Michael Franklin returns at the helm, but down plays his team’s goal of winning another league title.

“Truly, people don’t believe me when I say this, but winning a championship is not one of our goals,” Franklin said.  “Our goals are simple as they come from the basic philosophy that life is more satisfying if one pushes him or herself beyond perceived limits.”

Franklin believes that his harriers need to focus on themselves and their team rather than on trying to win a league championship.

“Focusing on winning a championship would require too much attention on others,” he said.  “We really have a team focus.”

Ka Makani girls finished second in the state last season and this year is considered the team to challenge Punahou again for the Hawaii High School Athletic Association title.

“This is the strongest team that I have yet coached at HPA,” Franklin said.  “That does not mean that it is the fastest team.  It is the strongest because of its unified spirit and unanimous love for the running lifestyle.  Whether we win or lose races, this team’s attitude makes it exceptional.”

Gunning for the girl’s title will be the Warriors of Kamehameha as Coach Joel Truesdell return five of his top seven girls.

“This is the first time since we last won the BIIF championship that we return this many varsity starters,” Truesdell said.

Kamehameha returns three girls that were in the top 20 at the BIIF championships last season in Tiana Iwata (12th), Corin Kim (16th) and Erin Carvalho (20th).

“We’ve got some depth on our girl’s squad as we have 8 girls running in the lead pack,” Truesdell said.  “Our goals are the same as last year, to get a full team into states.”

Also shooting to get a full team to qualify for the state championship is Hilo’s veteran coach, Bill McMahon.

“Our top two returning girls are Shalila De Bournmont and Carmen Garson-Shumway,” McMahon said.  “Our boy’s team are all young, but I do have a good sized group.”

Waiakea’s  fastest girl is Kelsie Kobayashi and she will be anchored by Haley Rasse, Vanessa Ignacio, Skye Ombac, and Vandey Okinaka, according to Coach Jordan Rosado.

“We have a large team, with 40 boys and 28 girls,” Rosado said.  “I feel we have as good a chance to compete for the boy’s team title as anyone else, since Honokaa lost some of their best runners to graduation.”

Waiakea will be led by Jackson Halford and Keoni Rice with Ian McQuate, Hajime Hiyano and Dyson Sato providing needed support according to Rosado.

Honokaa, returns as the four time defending league champion, but has some holes to fill from last season.

“Chayce Moniz, Clayton Robinson, Pedro Sanches, Robert Conners, Tony Conners, Riston Matias, Koa Phenice, Sean Quinlan, Justin Warren, and Mason Wilkes are our returners,” Coach Joshua Abner said.

Abner lost three of his seven starters from last year, including two time individual BIIF champion Chris Mosch, which leaves the door open for several teams to vie for the team title.

“Every day is an open tryout for us and every one of these boys are hungry,” Abner said.

Last season’s big surprise came from the boys at Parker School as Coach Ceri Whitfield qualified her team for the HHSAA.

“I feel with the hard work these boys put into their training they have as much chance as any of the other schools to come in first,” Whitfield said.  “They are very committed and positive about their chances this year as they work very hard.”

Leading the way for the Bulls is Jesse Tarnas who will brings a solid core of runners which includes Jesse Tarnas, Paul Gregg, Tyler McCullough, Jess Burns and Evan Kasberg.

Kamehameha boys coach, Ryan Cabalse, has four returnees that made it to the state championships last season in Shawn Correa-Doll, Kaulana Ho, Colton Hill, and Jonah Knell.

“Our boy’s squad has never qualified as a team for states yet, (five from the same team need to qualify to score as a team) but we are hoping to contend for one of the automatic team slots this season,” Cabalse said.

St. Joseph returns one of the best BIIF runners in Andrew Langtry who is expected to challenge for the individual league crown.  Langtry ran in various community races during the off season and was often seen in the top leader board.

Keaau brings 41 boys and 15 girls into competition with returnees Deann Nishimura-Thornton and Natalie Hagemann leading the girls while Jhun-Delle Venture, Davin Alviento, Greg Matias, Arman Navarro and Adrian Martinez headline the boy’s squad, according to Coach Donna Wong Yuen.

Though difficult, we always want to try and qualify a team for states,” Wong Yuen said.  “Our goals are to have fun and improve from last year.”

Christian Liberty Academy doesn’t have any girls on their cross country team but will bring 10 boys to the starting line, according to Coach Frank Grotenhuis.

“Caeden Cambra and Keenen Freitas are the two fastest on the team,” Grotenhuis said.  “We’re looking at having the boys push hard so that they can achieve their personal best.”

The BIIF harriers get off to a running start on Saturday with Grotenhuis as his CLA family playing host to the Canefire Conditioner starting at 10 am on the Keaau campus.

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