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Waiakea Athletic Awards Presented for 2009-2010

Waiakea's Kamie Imai is named female athlete of the year

* Boys air riflery: Aaron Sewake             * Girls air riflery: Carissa Pajo.

* Girls volleyball: Chelsey Buyuan.             * Boys volleyball: Clayton Morante, Jr.

* Boys bowling: Dean Hosaka, Kelson Kaua.  * Girls bowling: Christinay Watkins, Kaleen Yoneda

* Boys cross country: Kaimi Scott.   * Girls cross country: Kelsie Kobayashi.

* Cheerleading: Cheyla Kaeo.

* Football: Kristoffer Daquep (defense); Dyan Bolos (offense).

* Boy soccer: Kalan Murata.    * Girls soccer: Christa Lum.

* Boys canoe paddling: Aaron Pakani.  * Girls canoe paddling: Brandi Winchester.

* Boys swimming: Frank Chi.   * Girls swimming: Rachel Shimizu.

* Boys wrestling: Tyler Yonemori.  * Girls wrestling: Tracy Poch.

* Boys basketball: Matthew Libao.  * Girls basketball: Kamie Imai.

* Boys golf: Dalen Yamauchi.   * Girls golf: Nani Yanagi.

* Boys tennis: Kallen Mizuguchi, Kaito Mizutani.   * Girls tennis: Ceara Sumida.

* Water polo: Nicole Paulachak.    * Judo: Tyler Yonemori.

* Baseball: Matthew Loeffler.   * Softball: Sloane Thomas/Tiffany Anzai.

* Boys track and field: Kaimi Scott.   * Girls track and field: Teisha Nacis.

* Carling Nabarro Service Award: Dr. Peter Matsuura.

* Coach of the Year: Lodi Switzer, Wayne Joseph, Ecko Osorio.

* Most Inspirational: Cheyla Kaeo (female), Clayton Morante (Male).

* Female Athlete of the Year: Kamie Imai.  * Male Athlete of the Year: Tyler Yonemori.

* Francis Yap Award: Chelsey Buyuan (female), Aaron Sewake (male).

BIIF titles

During the 2009-10 school year, the Warriors claimed championships in the following sports: Boys and girls air riflery, girls volleyball, cheerleading, boys swimming, boys and girls golf, softball and girls tennis.


May 24, 2010 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kealakehe Girls Upset Waiakea in BIIF Championship Swimming

Waiakea's DQ in 200 Relay give 'Riders team victory

   Five league records fell this past weekend and the Waiakea boys and the Kealakehe girls won team titles in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Swimming Championships from the Kona Community Aquatics Center.

   Waiakea came into the finals as the heavy favorites to win the girls crown for the second year in a row, but was upset by a determined Kealakehe squad when the Warriors suffered a disqualification in the 200 freestyle relay. 

   “It was a huge surprise for us to win the team title,” Waverider coach Steve Borowski said.  “Our girls did a great job and they performed better than expected. I believe they peaked and tapered perfectly.  The whole team did great.”

Alyssa Foo

Kealakehe was led by Alyssa Foo who came up with big wins in the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke (new league record 59.84 seconds), along with teammate Madison Hauanio who won the 200 Individual Medley and finished second in the 500 free.

   Foo broke the 100 back record that was set by fellow Waverider, Ashley Rose in 2001.

   “I was in a really good mood,” Foo said of her record breaking event.  “We didn’t really taper totally for the BIIF’s, so I think I can go even faster at the state championships if I continue to train hard.”

   Foo was also happy that Kealakehe regained the BIIF team title.

   “We won the team title in my freshmen and sophomore years, before losing it to Waiakea last year,” she said.  “I was happy that we could do it again in my senior year with only nine girls.”

    The public school Warrior boys pulled out a team victory over defending champions Hawaii Prep by a score of 148 to 116.

   “Our boys came through,” Waiakea coach Bill Sakovich said.  “Frank (Chi) was outstanding as usual and we got great relay races from David Sumada, Ryan Kawano, Grant Uekawa and Campbell Causey.”

   Sakovich had high praise for many of his swimmers including Causey who won the 500 freestyle and finished second in the 200 free.

   “All our kids did great and I am especially grateful to our coaches who helped us in getting these kids prepared for the finals,” Sakovich said.

   “I’m a little disappointed that we didn’t repeat for the girl’s title, but it’s a meet and anything can happen at meets,” Sakovich said.  “The Kealakehe girls did exactly what they were supposed to do and they did an excellent job.”

Logan Borowski

   In a much anticipated showdown between the best two swimmers in the 100 butterfly, Kealakehe’s Nicholas Garrett squared off against Hawaii Prep’s Logan Borowski showcasing the fastest fly stroke swimmers in the pool.

   Garrett came into the event as the two time BIIF butterfly champion and BIIF record holder, as Ka Makani junior Logan Borowski began to close in on Garrett’s record during the later part of the season.

  Borowski who had earlier in the day came away with the 50 freestyle title in a personal best time of 21.45 seconds and Garrett, the eventual winner of the 200 free, 1:46.22, met for the BIIF 100 butterfly title.

   Borowski’s winning time of 51.59 seconds eclipsed Garrett’s previous record of 52.02 set last year.

   “Nick is a really good swimmer and I knew I had to go out fast in the first 50, then try to hold him off,” Borowski said.  “I wasn’t thinking about the record as I was just trying to win the event.”

Frank Chi

Waiakea’s Frank Chi came into the finals wanting to break his own record in the  100 breaststroke for the fourth time this season. 

   Chi lowered the BIIF record to 58.7 seconds on Friday night and was determined to go even faster during the championship finals.  On Saturday the senior again rewrote the league record books by clocking in at 58.61 seconds.

    “I knew I could go hard and faster,” Chi said of his record breaking swim.  “I just pushed myself both in practice and during the meets.”

   Chi, who finished third in the state for the past two seasons in the breaststroke believes he can challenge for top honors this year.

   “I can still go faster and I believe that if I work hard I can get my time under 58 seconds,” he said.

    Ka Makani 200 boys freestyle relay team was back in the water, setting a new league record for the second time this season.  Using all juniors in Kyle Katase, Kaikea Nakachi, Ryan Ross and Logan Borowski as the anchor the HPA foursome clocked in at 1:29.35 to break their previous record of 1:29.80.

Kaikea Nakachi

“All four of us are going to swim the three relays as the state championship and we are only going to swim one individual race each,” Borowski said.  “I plan on focusing on the 50 free at states.”

   Nakachi defended his BIIF 100 backstroke title and claimed top honors in the 200 Individual Medley events.

   Waiakea’s David Sumada, the defending BIIF champion in the 200 freestyle, was upset by Garrett but later rebounded with a victory in the 100 free.

   “I’m really excited about my 100 free time,” Sumada said.  “It was my fastest time this season, 48.6 seconds, and I know this might sound silly, but before the event I thought of my coaches smile (Justin Pierce) and that helped me to swim my best.”

   Waiakea freshmen, Madisyn Uekawa became a BIIF champion in both the 100 free and 100 breaststroke.

   “I was a little nervous going into the championships, but I think I swam well and I tried my best,” Uekawa said.  “It felt good, but I think I should have gone out harder in both my races. I’m hoping I can do better at states.

   The HHSAA swim championships finals will be held at Kamehameha-Hawaii on February 13.

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Waiakea Swimmers win HPA Invitational Meet

Waiakea swim team wins HPA Invite

PHOTO ID     Bottom Row left to right     Frank Chi, David Sumada, Kaitlyn Chock and Nicole Paulachak

2nd row  Erin Yoshida, Mary Kimura, Kirsten Nakamura, Kara Paulachak, Madisyn Uekawa, Jayna Jobes, Courtney Shinde, Alexandra Roth, Rachel Shimizu,

3rd Row   Lauren Hill, Jessica Yamaguchi, Akemi King, Katie Torigoe, Ryan Kawano, Lance Mendes, Chris Hu, Patrick Peng, Dustin Soriano

Top row   Rachelle Krahner, Brandon Rimando, Tyler Thornhill, Grant Uekawa, Ryan Rimando, Sean Brown, Levi May, Kaimi Scott, Owen Cooper (Cooper is looking for a space ship!)

 The Waiakea swim team under coach Bill Sakovich won the HPA Invitational meet on Jan 15.  It was the first time the Warriors have won this event since its inception in 2001.

Waiakea has now etched its name onto the trophy

January 23, 2010 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Boy’s Open Results from Kamehameha Meet

Start of the boys open at Kamehameha

Start of the boys open at Kamehameha

Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii Campus                           HY-TEK’s Meet Manager
                 BIIF All-Comers Cross Country Meet – 10/10/2009                
                        Kamehameha Schools HawaiI Campus                        
                                  Keaau, Hawaii                                 
                              Last Completed Event                              

Event 1  Boys 3 Mile Run CC Open
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
  1 Scott, Kaimi              12 Waiakea High School   19:17.53    1            
  2 Chi, Frank                12 Waiakea High School   19:17.80    2            
  3 Thomas, Ryan              10 Kamehameha HI         19:41.78    3            
  4 Haight, Spencer           11 Honokaa High School   19:50.27    4            
  5 Yoda, Ryuta                9 H P A                 19:54.42    5            
  6 Taylor, Daniel            11 Hilo High School      19:55.00    6            
  7 Meguro, Robbey            10 Waiakea High School   19:59.69    7            
  8 Chock, Nicholas           10 H P A                 20:00.96    8            
  9 Lum Ho, Makaala            9 Keaau High School     20:05.15    9            
10 Phenicie, Kekoa            9 Keaau High School     20:13.01   10            
11 Rogerson, Michael         10 H P A                 20:33.47   11            
12 Manuel, Dayton            12 Waiakea High School   20:34.41   12            
13 Severino, Michael         11 H P A                 20:36.24   13            
14 Magoon, Carson            10 H P A                 20:39.01   14            
15 Warkus, Elliott           11 Parker High School    20:49.49   15            
16 Matsuda, Kyle             10 H P A                 20:50.35   16            
17 Haasenritter, Kawika      11 Kamehameha HI         21:06.29   17            
18 DeRego, Theodore          10 Kamehameha HI         21:07.05   18            
19 Hart, Nainoa              10 Kamehameha HI         21:20.02   19            
20 McAuliffe, Stephen           Waiakea High School   21:30.70   20            
21 Burns, Jesse               9 Parker High School    21:31.38   21            
22 Hirae, Justin             11 Kamehameha HI         21:35.38   22            
23 Souza, Ethan              11 Honokaa High School   21:37.43   23            
24 Iha, Randall              10 Hilo High School      21:51.27   24            
25 Hulse, Cooper              9 Kamehameha HI         21:59.88   25            
26 Kuriyama, Michael         11 Parker High School    22:01.33   26            
27 Johnston, Mccrae          11 Parker High School    22:01.64   27            
28 Mirandi, Kahi             12 Hilo High School      22:05.16   28            
29 Matias, Greg              10 Keaau High School     22:18.26   29            
30 Bath, Noah                12 Waiakea High School   22:25.38   30            
31 Parker, Landru            12 Keaau High School     22:27.97   31            
32 Chun, Brandon             10 Waiakea High School   22:28.63   32            
33 Tanaka, Lance             10 Waiakea High School   22:37.55                 
34 Alip, Dylan               10 Kamehameha HI         22:45.34   33            
35 Douglas, Keanu            10 Kamehameha HI         22:46.27                 
36 Tada, Dallas               9 Kamehameha HI         22:50.27                 
37 Takato, Hirohisa           9 Hilo High School      22:55.55   34            
38 Correa, Hank              11 H P A                 22:58.08   35            
39 Baring-Brown, Darrel      12 Keaau High School     23:00.94   36            
40 Kealaiki, Micah           10 Kamehameha HI         23:04.26                 
41 Kasberg, Evan              9 Parker High School    23:21.99   37            
42 Sanstrom, Owen             9 Waiakea High School   23:24.61                 
43 Yamamoto, Caden           11 Waiakea High School   23:28.05                 
44 Rowland-Fer…, Jason       10 Kamehameha HI         23:28.40                 
45 Guillermo, Alexander       9 Waiakea High School   23:32.19                 
46 Meyers, Brandon            9 Kamehameha HI         23:32.74                 
47 Hashimoto, Trent          10 Hilo High School      23:33.30   38            
48 Nomura, Joe               10 H P A                 23:38.56                 
49 Alviento, Davin            9 Keaau High School     23:40.62   39            
50 Chai, Zachary             10 Kamehameha HI         23:41.14                 
51 Seid, Alan                10 H P A                 23:44.47                 
52 Murayama, Garry           11 Waiakea High School   23:45.46                 
53 Cristobal, Ian            11 Waiakea High School   23:46.37                 
54 Ebeling, William          10 Waiakea High School   23:46.73                 
55 Tanimoto, Easten          10 Kamehameha HI         23:51.41                 
56 Wills, Joseph              9 Waiakea High School   23:51.92                 
57 Yoshida, Tristan          11 Waiakea High School   23:55.83                 
58 Mabuni, Damian            12 Makua Lani            24:18.91   40            
59 Kackley, Jacob            10 Kamehameha HI         24:24.51                 
60 Ching, Jevin               9 H P A                 24:26.01                 
61 Ogawa, Rogan              10 Kamehameha HI         24:26.23                 
62 McAuliffe, Chris             Waiakea High School   24:53.31                 
63 Shibata, Tyler            10 Waiakea High School   25:02.99                 
64 Burke, Sean               12 Waiakea High School   25:03.39                 
65 Kerr, Max                  9 Hilo High School      25:05.78   41            
66 Matias, Riston            10 Honokaa High School   25:08.21   42            
67 Cueresma, Jesse           11 Makua Lani            25:48.75   43            
68 Poai, Po’okela             9 Makua Lani            26:01.82   44            
69 Yamamoto, Mattew           9 Kamehameha HI         26:13.10                 
70 Charbonneau, Charlie       9 Parker High School    26:18.44   45            
71 Richards, Makoa           12 Honokaa High School   26:26.14   46            
72 DuVoisin, David           11 Kamehameha HI         26:28.75                 
73 Peralta, Kahiau            9 Kamehameha HI         26:35.10                 
74 Clark, Ian                10 C L A                 26:54.68                 
75 Shields, Masaki           10 Makua Lani            27:01.40   47            
76 Stroupe, Dominic             Honokaa High School   27:24.83   48            
77 Mizuba, Darwin            10 Waiakea High School   27:40.35                 
78 Tanaka, Jason             10 Waiakea High School   27:45.20                 
79 Baber, Kaya               10 Honokaa High School   27:50.24   49            
80 White, Montana             9 Kohala High School    27:55.30                 
81 Bello, Rysen               9 Kohala High School    27:55.69                 
82 Siebert, Jake             10 H P A                 28:02.30                 
83 Goldman, Madrone           9 Kohala High School    28:11.11                 
84 Dudoit, Marcus            10 Hilo High School      29:07.82   50            
85 Shaw, Anthony             10 Honokaa High School   29:23.11   51            
86 Tolentino, Charles        11 Pahoa High School     31:30.92                 
87 Campbell, Joseph          10 Makua Lani            31:55.90   52            
88 Houghton, Ben              9 Kau High School       32:26.34                 
89 Snelling, Dylan            9 Kohala High School    34:27.65                 
90 Benavides, Justin         10 Makua Lani            34:55.80   53            
91 Anteneh, Berehan          10 Kau High School       35:10.76                 
                                   Team Scores                                  
Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
   1 Waiakea High School          42    1    2    7   12   20   30   32         
      Total Time:  1:40:40.13                                                   
         Average:    20:08.03                                                   
   2 Hawaii Preparatory Academ    51    5    8   11   13   14   16   35         
      Total Time:  1:41:44.10                                                   
         Average:    20:20.82                                                   
   3 Kamehameha Schools – Hawa    79    3   17   18   19   22   25   33         
      Total Time:  1:44:50.52                                                   
         Average:    20:58.11                                                   
   4 Keaau High School           115    9   10   29   31   36   39              
      Total Time:  1:48:05.33                                                   
         Average:    21:37.07                                                   
   5 Parker High School          126   15   21   26   27   37   45              
      Total Time:  1:49:45.83                                                   
         Average:    21:57.17                                                   
   6 Hilo High School            130    6   24   28   34   38   41   50         
      Total Time:  1:50:20.28                                                   
         Average:    22:04.06                                                   
   7 Honokaa High School         163    4   23   42   46   48   49   51         
      Total Time:  2:00:26.88                                                   
         Average:    24:05.38                                                   
   8 Makua Lani High School      226   40   43   44   47   52   53              
      Total Time:  2:15:06.78                                                   
         Average:    27:01.36

October 10, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , | Leave a comment

Brooks/de Bourmount lead East Division x-country

BIIF boys start at Waiakea

BIIF boys start at Waiakea

Keaau’s Daniel Brooks and Hilo’s Shalila de Bourmont continued to run well at Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country meets this season as both captured top individual honors at Waiakea on Saturday.

    At the start of the boys three mile race Brooks opened with at quick pace and rapidly separated himself early on from the rest of the field.

    “I heard some footsteps at the first hill, but no one challenged me,” Brooks said.  “My goal coming into this race was to break 17 minutes, but no one pushed me.  I run better when I’m pushed.”

   Books won the race in 17 minutes and 24 seconds with Hilo’s Tyde Kaneshiro claiming second.

    “I was happy with my race despite not hitting my goal today,” Brooks said.  I went out and set a fast pace and I was strong on the uphill’s while cruising the downhill’s.  Next week I’ll come out harder and hopefully the my whole team will come out harder.”

Tyde Kaneshiro

Tyde Kaneshiro

For Hilo’s Kaneshiro it was perhaps his best race thus far.  “My teammate, Billy (Ray), and I wanted to beat Keaau’s number two runner (Shannon White) so we tried staying with him most of the race,” Kaneshiro said.

   Just before the two mile point Kaneshiro separated himself from a pack made up of Ray and White, along with Kamehameha’s Casey Chai, as Kaneshiro opened up a large gap between himself and third place.

   Kaneshiro attempted to catch Brooks in the last half mile of the race, but ran out of gas with about 200 yards to go.  “Mentally I couldn’t grasp the fact that I could catch him (Brooks) and I gave up rather than suffer through the pain,” he said.

   Kaneshiro  finished in 17:40, just 14 seconds behind Brooks to claim his highest placing finish in his young prep career.  “I feel great physically and mentally, this is the best I have ever felt during a race,” he said.

   Chai took third, 18:04, followed by Ray, 18:11; Hilo’s Johann Kuiper, 18:11; White, 18:12; and Waiakea’s Frank Chi in 18:12.

Second place whet to Waiakea’s Kaitlyn Chock, 21:38; and Kelsie Kobayashi, 21: 43; while Kamehameha’s Bronte Kaneakua was fourth, 21:54; and Keaau’s Dean Nishimura-Thornton finished fifth, 22:06.

     “I think I should have stayed with the pack or go faster at the start,” Kaneakua said.  “I tried to stay with Kaitlyn (Chock) and Kelsie (Kobayashi), but I fell back after 2-miles.”

    While Kaneakua wasn’t very satisfied with her fourth place finish, Nishimura-Thornton was excited with her fifth place time.

Deann Thornton
Deann Thornton

“This was probably the best race I’ve had this season as I tried to stay with the front pack for as long as I could,” Nishimura-Thornton said.

    “At the soccer field portion of the course (2.5 miles) the other girls in the pack started their kick and we got separated.  I’m starting to get better slowly and I like where I’m at this year.”

    Last year Nishimura-Thornton was consistently in the top five of each race leading up to the BIIF championships and she did it as a freshman.  The young Cougar fizzled at the BIIF championships dropping out of the top ten.  “This year I want to put all my focus on the BIIF’s and peak in time for that race,” she said.

    Hilo swept the boys and girls team titles with a surprised Viking coach, Bill McMahon looking on.  “I tell you, I never really expected this (winning team titles) but these guys and girls are really tough in putting it all together,” McMahon said.

   On the north end of the island it was Kohala playing host to the BIIF West Division with a pair of Dragons taking top individual honors. 

    Chris Mosch, who won it all at Kamehameha two weeks ago, won the boy’s race, while teammate Tia Greenwell, the two time defending BIIF champion, won it all for the girls.

   Mosch’s major challenge came from Makua Lani’s Dylan Hardie-Jordan who tried to stay with the senior from Honokaa for most of the race.

   Greenwell had little opposition in her desire to retain a third league title and easily took the girls race in 20 minutes and 56 seconds. Teammate Athena Oldfather captured second in 21:28, followed by Makua Lani’s Grace Choe, 22:46, and Hawaii Prep’s Zoe Sims, 22:56.

   “The HPA girls really had a solid pack of runners that made it easy for them to win the team title,” Kohala coach, Tom McCue said.  “We had some variable weather today with wind gust up to 20 mph and a little rain for the boy’s race, then it got really hot for the girls.”

    Honokaa won the boys varsity race with Ka Makani taking the girls team title.

September 29, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment