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HHSAA requires coaches to take a Concussion in Sports course

HHSAA requires concussion education for all state tournament coaches

HONOLULU – In an August 13, 2012 meeting, the HHSAA board approved a provision that all coaches – head coaches, assistants and volunteers – participating in any HHSAA state championship event complete the NFHS online concussion education course. 

 “It is the responsibility of our coaches and administrators to not only prepare our student athletes for victory, but to provide a safe environment as well,” said HHSAA Executive Director Chris Chun.

 The free 30-minute course titled Concussion In Sports – What You Need to Know is available on the NFHS learning center website, nfhslearn.com, and is a collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) providing information on concussion recognition and management.  If a coach fails to complete the course, he/she will not be allowed on the sideline during the event until the course has been successfully completed.

 “I am very pleased that our Board recognized the severity of concussions in athletics and included this course as part of the coaching certification process in Hawaii,” said Chun.  “The NFHS’s concussion course provides a strong foundation that will prepare our coaches to deal with concussions in collaboration with our athletic trainers and other health care professionals.”

 The HHSAA launched a concussion awareness and education campaign in August with a 30-second PSA aired on OC16 as well as a concussion resource page on SportsHigh.com.


September 15, 2012 Posted by | Health and Fitness | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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.

August 25, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

HHSAA raises over $9,500 for Japan

    HHSAA, member leagues raise over $9,500 for Japan

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association and its member schools have raised $9,531 for Japan tsunami relief efforts through a special T-shirt sale at recent spring sporting events.

The fund-raising drive was spearheaded by McKinley High School athletic trainer Tomoki Kanaoka, who designed a white T-shirt with the message “Hang in there, Tohoku, Never give up, Japan,” written in black Japanese characters set against a red rising sun on the front and “WE GOT YOUR BACK” (with red rising suns as the “o’s”) on the back.

“I’m from Japan and I have friends at Sendai University, I know people (affected by the tsunami) personally,” Kanaoka said. “And just in general, as a Japanese (native), I felt I wanted to help them.”

Billy Tee’s, a t-shirt manufacturing company that supplies most of the state tournament souvenir apparel, printed the Japan relief shirts at wholesale cost.

The shirts were sold for $15 each at league sporting events throughout the state in April and May and also at most spring state tournament events on O‘ahu, Maui and the Big Island.

Donation boxes also were set up at each site to accept cash contributions, and athletic trainers from the OIA, Kamehameha-Hawaii and Maryknoll donated their spring state tournament pay to the relief effort.

All of the proceeds – totaling $9,531.81 — will be sent to the American Red Cross to be used for food, medical supplies and other immediate needs in Japan’s tsunami-stricken areas.

The Hawaii High School Athletic Association is comprised of 95 member schools statewide. Its member leagues are the OIA, Big Island Interscholastic Federation, Interscholastic League of Honolulu, Kauai Interscholastic Federation and Maui Interscholastic League.

June 16, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA Hall of Honor Program deadline April 27, 2011

The Hawaii High School Hall of Honor program is now accepting applications for its 2011 class of inductees.

Twelve senior student-athletes will be inducted after a thorough selection process May 14 and 15 by a 14-person committee of athletic directors, administrators, coaches and members of the media.

The formal induction will take place at a June 5 Hall of Honor awards banquet at the Sheraton Waikiki. The program, originally known as the Nissan Hall of Honor, is now in its 29th year.

Selection criteria is based primarily on athletic achievement with character, academic record and community service also taken into consideration.

The official guideline and nomination forms are available for download at www.sportshigh.com

All applications and supporting material must be sent to the HHSAA office at P.O. Box 62029, Honolulu, HI 96839 and postmarked by April 27, 2011.

 For more information, call the HHSAA office at 587-4495.

April 5, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , | Leave a comment

Some of Hawaii’s Best Harriers Run at Western Regionals

Western Regional x-c championships

High School Western Regional Cross Country Races

Races held on Dec. 4 at Mt. San Antonio College, Walnut, California

Several of Hawaii best pre harriers participated in the Footlocker cross country regional races recently and the group was headed by HHSAA champion Margarito Martinez who finished 14th overall (16:07) and Island School’s Pierce Murphy 32nd in 16:26 in the seeded races.

Margarito’s younger brother, Dylan placed 36th in the All West freshman/sophomore race in a time of 17:54.  The Martinez brothers represent Leilehua as the Mules brought several runners to participate in the prestigious race.

Honokaa’s Chris Mosch clocked the fourth fastest time for runners from Hawaii finishing in 17 minutes 41 seconds in the Senior Boy’s race for a 45th overall finish.

Kapolei’s Gianni Cuadrado was 11th in the freshman/sophomore race finishing in a time of 17 minutes 45 seconds.  Pearl City’s Zachary Villarmia clocked 19:02 and placed 58th.

Runners at the Western Regional’s needed to finish in the top 10 to qualify for Nationals.  No Hawaii runner qualified.

For more information on finishers results go to: http://www.footlockercc.com/2010/results/west/Results/4S.pdf

December 8, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment