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Kamehameha Invitational Cross Country Preview

Kamehameha plays hots to major Cross-Country Invitational

Kamehameha plays host to major Cross-Country Invitational

Kam. course map (click to enlarge)

Kamehameha course map (click to enlarge)

Kamehameha will play host to a cross-country invitational meet this Saturday, Sept.12, at their Keaau campus.

    Invited guest include the Kamehameha Oahu girls, Hawaii Baptist boys and girls, and a powerful girls team from Redlands in California.

    The meet will also feature all 15 Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country teams for the first time this season.

“The coach from Redlands is from Hawaii.  His name is Dr. Rod Anzai and his son, Alan, was a star runner on Oahu back in the 90’s,” Kamehameha coach, Joel Truesdell said.

All 15 BIIF schools will be participating
All 15 BIIF schools will be participating

According to Truesdell the Kamehameha  Oahu girl’s team is coming as a senior trip with about 20 girls.  Dave Friedman is the Warrior-Oahu head coach.

   The Hawaii Baptist girls team, lead by coach Ross Mukai,  was sixth at last year’s state championships and they return their entire team. 

   Four races are on tap at Kamehameha with the boys open starting at 10 am followed by the girls open, boy’s varsity and girls’ varsity.

September 8, 2009 Posted by | Events, High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Does Size Matter?

    HBA defeated Hilo in volleyball at the Division II state championship.  Should size matter when playing Division I or Division II?  Currently no rules govern a sports teams decision to play and some small schools are upset. 

Hawaii Baptist Academy defeated Hilo in Division II volleyball

Hawaii Baptist Academy defeated Hilo in Division II volleyball

High school sports were divided into Division I and Division II a few years ago and there are no rules governing which division a school might play in.  Not only that, a school can play Division I football and participate in Division II volleyball, which is the case with Hilo High.

    An interesting article on the subject appears today in both the Hawaii Tribune-Herald and West Hawaii Today and part of the story from West Hawaii is reprinted below.

   School size still doesn’t matter

Hiada defeats proposal to classify schools by enrollment
HONOLULU — Small Big Island schools — frustrated with having to face powerhouse programs on Oahu backed by larger enrollments in Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournaments — must wait at least one more year before the playing field is leveled, at least in terms of comparable school size.

A Big Island Interscholastic Federation proposal to classify schools in divisions based on enrollment or population was defeated in committee Friday at the 49th annual Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association meetings here in Honolulu.

The population-based proposal was initially defeated in a straw-vote poll in committee Thursday at the HIADA meetings. On Friday, the proposal was officially voted on by the committee and was easily defeated.

To read the rest of the story go to www.westhawaiitoday.com

June 13, 2009 Posted by | Editorial | , , , , | 1 Comment