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Konawaena Athletic Awards Announced

BOYS BOWLING Most outstanding athlete: Robert Torres

GIRLS BOWLING  Most outstanding athlete: Jennifer Flores

FOOTBALL Most outstanding athlete: Duke Akiona (offense)

Most outstanding athlete: Gunner Nagata (defense)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL  Most outstanding athlete: Anuhea Wall

BOYS AIR RIFLERY  Most outstanding athlete: Cody Sugai

GIRLS AIR RIFLERY  Most outstanding athlete: Shaynee Shirai

CHEERLEADING  Most outstanding athlete: Samatha Udec

BOYS PADDLING  Most outstanding athlete: Cody Sugai

GIRLS PADDLING  Most outstanding athlete: Jade Sperry

BOYS BASKETBALL  Most outstanding athlete: Jacob Kuluwaimaka

GIRLS BASKETBALL   Most outstanding athlete: Anuhea Wall

BOYS SOCCER  Most outstanding athlete: Taylor Nakamoto

GIRLS SOCCER  Most outstanding athlete: Carli Yamamoto

BOYS WRESTLING  Most outstanding athlete: John Postrano

GIRLS WRESTLING  Most outstanding athlete: Melissa Dumaguin

SWIMMING  Most outstanding athlete: Camille Ricketts

BOYS TENNIS  Most outstanding athlete: Kevin O’Callahan

GIRLS TENNIS  Most outstanding athlete: Jacqueline Moctezuma

TRACK AND FIELD  Most outstanding athlete: Ua Ruedy

GOLF  Most outstanding athlete: Ryley Chong

BASEBALL Most outstanding athlete: Duke Akiona

SOFTBALL   Most outstanding athlete: Staysha Galigo

BOYS JUDO  Most outstanding athlete: Brandon Pettefer

GIRLS JUDO Most outstanding athlete: Aimee Shiraki

BOYS VOLLEYBALL  Most outstanding athlete: Justin Kaleohano

Most Inspirational Athletes  Female: Thea Hanato-Smith   Male: Kyle Sugi

June 8, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestling Championships – Results

BIIF Wrestling Crew, under head official Elton Suganuma, back row, second from left.

BIIF Wrestling Championships at Onizuka Gym
                   Saturday, Feb. 5   Konawaena High School   Final Boys Team Scoring
Waiakea 137.5    Hilo 130    Kona 116.5    Kamehameha 112.5
Kealakehe 106   Honokaa 99   Keaau 70    HPA 57     Pahoa 45   Laupahoehoe 25   Ka’u 0   Kohala 0

Individual Division
108 pounds
  1. Justin Raymond, Konawaena  2. William Spain, Waiakea
3. Blake Ahuleki, Kealakehe  4. Serafin Samorano, Keaau

114 pounds  1. Robin Arellano, Kealakehe   2. Warren Buenavista, Konawaena
3. Quitin Wright, Kamehameha  4. Ryan Fujioka, HPA

120 pounds  1. Nalu Souza, Kamehameha  2. Sage Aoki, Konawaena 3. Dan Gampon, Kealakehe  4. Max Hirata, HPA

125 pounds  1. Justin Hirae, Kamehameha  2. Brendan Branco, Hilo
3. Akeno Matsutani, Waiakea  4. Jesse Kihe-Fukuyama, Konawaena

130 pounds  1. Jordan Enos, Hilo   2. Shannon Samura, HPA  3. Charles Aina, Kamehameha  4. Kona Phipps, Konawaena

135 pounds  1. Cheyden Quiocho, Keaau   2. Max Oishi, Hilo  3. Kenneth Pang, Waiakea   4. Caleb Cohan, Pahoa

140 pounds  1. Tyler Yonemori, Waiakea   2. Allin Franco, Kealakehe  3. Jesse Huihui, Keaau   4. Henry Engler, Hilo

145 pounds  1. Pat Enos, Waiakea  2. Jacob Murphy, Hilo  3. Elvis Cardoza, Honokaa  4. Jake Torres, Pahoa

152 pounds   1. Cody Maarsingh, Honokaa  2. Jens Beets, Hilo  3. Patrick Enos, Jr., Waiakea  4. Kileona Manzano, Konawaena

160 pounds 1. Isiah Kanakanui, Hilo   2. Dylan Coffel, Pahoa  3. Jordan Maglinti, Waiakea  4. Russell Laros, HPA

171 pounds 1. Harry Auwelua, Honokaa  2. CJ Matsuyama, Kamehameha 3. Kayed Rodrigues, Waiakea  4. John Genesarin, Konawaena

189 pounds 1. Geo Chavez-Pardini, Honokaa  2. John Postrano, Konawaena   3. Treyven Ahquin-Fely, Keaau  4. Christian Park, Kealakehe

215 pounds   1. Tim Ekert, Kealakehe   2. Troy Choi, HPA  3. Kema Chin, Kamehameha  4. Kainoa Lyman, Honokaa

285 pounds
1. Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy, Kamehameha  2. Kekai Obrey, Kealakehe  3. Keanu Showm Laupahoehoe   4. Zephanaiah Pawao, Waiakea

Final Girls Team Scoring
Kamehameha 132   Konawaena 120   Hilo 81.5   Waiakea 60  HPA 48   Ka’u 30   Kealakehe 27   Honokaa 7

Individual Division
98 pounds
   1. Megan Aina, Kamehameha  2. Kela Vargas, HPA  3. Christine Presidiaos, Konawaena

103 pounds  1. Sam Neal, HPA  2. Cara Naakayama, Waiakea 3. Jharmine Postrano, Konawaena

108 pounds  1. Haley Delos-Santos, Konawaena  2. Sha Pagan, Hilo  3. Kanoe Padaken, Kamehameha

114 pounds  1. Desting Masters, Kealakehe  2. Jacqueline Moctezuma, Konawaena  3. Phoebe Oda, Kamehameha

120 pounds  1. Kawehi Lopez, Kamehameha  2. Lena Mello-Waiwaiole, Ka’u  3. Kelsi Nishima, HPA

125 pounds  1. Tanalei Louis, Konawaena  2. Noelle Pohina, Kamehameha  3. Hillary Luna, Hilo  4. Kawena Kuamoo-Mendida, Waiakea

130 pounds 1. Rustee Johansen, Kamehameha  2. Melissa Dumaguin, Konawaena 3. Sharrylei Fernandez, Hilo  4. Katie Holdcroft, HPA

140 pounds  1. Alexa Osburn, Kamehameha   2. Kanani Silva, Waiakea   3. Kaylan Kawakami, Hilo  4. Alyssa Cagawas, Honokaa

155 pounds  1. Kainolani Lee, Hilo   2. Chantel Pohina, Kamehameha  3. Kaua Mitchell, Konawaena  4. Allison Felix, Kealakehe

175 pounds   1. Tracy Poch, Waiakea   2. Jasmine Iuta, Kamehameha  3. Kawehi Housman, Hilo   4. Aimee Shiraki, Konawaena

220 pounds   1. Keani Mello-Waiwaiole, Ka’u   2. Sharon Manaarpca, Hilo

February 7, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestling – West Division Results from Honokaa

BIIF Wrestlers – Western Division Highlights from Honokaa provided by Dragon Coach Dan Whetstone.

 

The match of the day was the 152 pound match between Kileona Manzano of Kona and Elvis Cardoza of Honokaa with some great back and forth scoring from both wrestlers until Manzano came up with the final takedown to win the match 14-11.

Girls that went 2-0: Zoe Spears(HPA) and Kela Vargas(HPA) in 103’s, Jacqueline Macetezuma(Kona) in 114’s, and Alyssa Cawagas(Honokaa) in 140’s. Girls that were 3-0: Dayjha Engle-Rodriquez(Kealakehe) in 125’s and Melissa Dumaguin(Kona) and Courtney Oshiro(Honokaa) in 130’s.

Boys that went 2-0: Justin Raymond(Kona) in 108’s, Joseph Gaspar(Kona) in 120’s, Shanon Samura(HPA) in 130’s, Cody Maarsingh(Honakaa) in 160’s, John Postrano(Kona) in 189’s, Tim Ekert(Kealakehe) in 215’s, and Winton Palik(Kealakehe) in 285’s.

Boy’s that were 3-0: Robin Arellano(Kealakehe) in 114’s, Sage Aoki(Kona) in 120’s, Gary Southerland(Kona) in 135’s, Allin Franco(Kealakehe) in 140’s, Kileona Manzano(Kona) in 152’s, Harry Auweloa(Honokaa) in 171’s, and Kekai Obrey in 215’s.

January 18, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pohina Sisters Dominate on the Mat for Kamehameha

Noelle Pohina

Kamehameha girls continued their dominance on the mat with the Pohina sisters, Noelle and Pomai, leading the way.

Noelle, a sophomore, took the 125 weight division by defeating Kealakehe’s Dayjha Rodriguez in the finals, while sibling Pomai, a junior, beat out teammate Alexia Osburn for top honors in the 140 weight class.

“The Pomai’s are a wrestling ohana as their older brother, Mike, was a two time BIIF champion in 2008 and ’09 for Kamehameha and is now serving our county in the military,” Warrior coach Marlon Miller said.

The Pohina sister’s come to the mat with lots of experience as Pomai won the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Championship during her freshman year in the 130 division then finished second last season at 140.

“I’m hoping to win the BIIF title this year at 140,” Pomai said.  “I know I still have lots of areas to work on to improve, especially with my conditioning.”

Pomai’s younger sister didn’t place during last season’s BIIF championship, but came into this season more focused and with high hopes.

Pomai Pohina

“I wasn’t very confident wrestling last year and this year I feel way more confident of myself,” Noelle said.  “A big part of wrestling is mental and that is something that I needed to work on coming into this season.”

During the finals Noelle used that confidence to pin her opponent during the third round to win the Waverider Tournament.

“She (Rodriguez) took a shot and I drove and pushed her over and tried my very best to put pressure on her,” Noelle said of her pin.

“My strength in wrestling is my defense and my coaches say that I need to use more offense and to take more shots.  All I can do is try my very best and I look forward each week to wrestling the best as this helps me to get better.”

Noelle noted that she comes into every match nervous, but once she hits the mat that nervousness disappears as she becomes focused on what she needs to do.

“Our girls performed well at the tournament and I am very pleased with the effort the entire team gave,” the defending BIIF team champion coach said.  “As coaches we ask for and hope to see that every wrestler gives it their all and fights to the very end whether they are on the winning or learning end of the outcome.”

On the boys side of the mat there were some new faces coming up big at Kealakehe as Konawaena swept three weight classes with Justin Raymond, 114, Sage Aoki, 125, and John Postrano, 215.

Postrano, a senior in his third year of wrestling, missed weight and was bumped into the higher division.

“I weighed in at 189.2 pounds and was bumped up,” Postrano said.  “I normally wrestle at 189 so this was a new weight division for me.”

As fortune turned out Postrano won three of his four matches by pin in the higher weight division and claimed his first title during his prep wrestling career. 

During the finals Postrano beat HPA’s Troy Choi by second period pin using a reverse half nelson.

“I came into this season with better technique and an improved mental attitude,” Postrano said.  “I use mental imagery and picture in my mind how I’m going to win, but I know I still have things to work on to get better such as increasing my speed and take downs.”

Host Kealakehe, the BIIF defending boys team champions, didn’t win any weight class individual honors, but had several of their young wrestlers finish in the top three.

Waverider sophomore, Dan Gampon, took on Kamehameha’s defending BIIF champ, Nalu Souza, at 120 pounds and proved himself worthy.

“I knew he was the best in that weight division, but I didn’t underestimate myself and was fearless during the match,” Gampon said.

Gampon was able to keep the match close during the first two periods and was proud of his efforts.

“Nalu led 2-1 at the end of the second round,” Gampon said.  “But during the third round he caught me in a banana split and was able to pin me.”

Despite the loss Gampon felt good about his performance.

“I feel really good about the match because I showed a lot about myself and by wrestling the best it will only make me stronger,” he said.  “I need to train harder to be better and I need to have more intensity while knowing what to do.  I look forward to wrestling Nalu again as I plan on making it closer next time.”

BIIF action returns to the mat on Saturday with West Side schools headed to Honokaa and the East Side meeting at Kamehameha. 

Related links: 

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/biif-girls-wrestling-results-from-kealakehe/

https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/biif-boys-wrestling-results-from-kealakehe/

January 10, 2011 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment