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Honokaa Athletic Awards Announced

Geo Chavez-Pardini – 4 time BIIF Champion          HONOKAA

(CA — coaches award; OA — outstanding athlete)
* Cheerleading: Tiani Aribal, CA; Victoria Hufford, OA.
* Girls volleyball: Kalei Lum, Chelsea Requelman, Kaui Kanekoa, CA; Jessica Muskat, Erika Kaawa Aiona, Huali Alpiche, OA.

* Girls cross country: Allie Shiraki, CA; Tialana Greenwell, OA.
* Boys cross country: Josh Robinson, CA; Chris Mosch, OA.
* Boys football: Koa Ambrosio, CA; Nona Ambrosio, OA.
* Girls paddling: Tisha Sugse, CA; Marguerite Stith, OA.
* Boys paddling: Bransen Kaiamakini, CA; Zach Tadio, OA.

* Girls swimmming: Cheynielle Pacheco, CA; Eunice Taylor, OA.
* Boys swimming: Chris Mosch, CA; Brandon Mah, OA.
* Girls wrestling: Courtney Oshiro, CA; Alyssa Cawagas, OA.
* Boys wrestling: Cody Maarsingh, CA; Harry Auweloa, OA.
* Girls basketball: Chelsea Requelman, CA; Jaycie Huddy-Mendoza and Precious Chong, OA.
* Boys basketball: Jay Gaspar, CA; Kaumu Lorenzo, OA.

* Girls soccer: Cecily Fujii, CA; Kim Kishimoto, OA.
* Boys soccer: Josh Robinson, CA; Robert Connors, OA.
* Girls tennis: Alyssa McDaniel, CA; Lynn Martinez, OA.
* Boys tennis: Austen Char, CA; Alden Aguirre, OA.
* Boys golf: Taylor Evangelista, CA; Rocky Pactol, OA.

* Softball: Yvonne Daniels, CA; Senior girls, Kawehi Kaaekuahiwi, Lahela Lindsey.
* Baseball: Makani Dias, CA; Dylan Shiraki, OA.
* Boys volleyball: Kaimana Esquerra, CA; Vaea Iona, OA.
* Girls judo: Anissa Pira, CA; Serena Offenbaker, OA.
* Boys judo: Michael Martinez, CA; Jade Libed, OA.
* Girls track: Lahela Peter-Case, CA; Hildong Adonna, OA.
* Boys track: Chayce Moniz, CA; Chris Mosch, OA.

* Special award — 4-time BIIF champion: Geo Chaves-Pardini.
* Coach of the Year: Josh Abner, boys cross country; Maurice Miranda, boys soccer; Wesley Fujimoto, girls softball.
* Senior scholar-athlete: Chris Mosch, Ethan Souza and Kim Kishimoto.
* Senior Athlete of the Year: Chris Mosch and Tialana Greenwell.
* Athlete of the Year: Dylan Shiraki/Tialana Greenwell.


May 25, 2011 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honokaa Boys Dominate BIIF Cross Country All Star selection

Mosch, Robinson, Moniz

All-BIIF Cross Country

BOYS    First team       Name – Grade – School

Chris Mosch Sr. Honokaa
Josh Robinson Sr. Honokaa
Chayce Moniz Jr. Honokaa
Jesse Tarnas Jr. Parker
Tyde Kaneshiro Sr. Hilo
Jackson Halford Jr. Waiakea
Jordan Grotenhuis So. CLA

Second team        Name – Grade – School

Andrew Langtry So. St. Joseph
Geoff Whitener Sr. Kealakehe    Robert Connors Jr. Honokaa       Billy Ray Sr. Hilo       Tony Connors Fr. Honokaa
Rick Michels Sr. Hilo                    Daniel Gregg Sr. Parker

Coach Abner

Honorable mention: James Clubbs (Keaau); Matt Crowell (Hilo); Shawn Doll (Kamehameha); Andrew Dong (Makua Lani); Hajime Hayano (Waiakea); Colton Hill (Kamehameha); Kaulana Ho (Kamehameha); Steven Hunter (Hilo); Kaulana Keaunui (Pahoa); Brandt Mabuni (Makua Lani); Justin Macy (HPA); Brandon Mah (Honokaa); Williamson Marshall (Waiakea); Logan Martin (HPA); Kevin Olsen (Keaau); Wayne Pavao (Keaau); Doug Phillips (Ka’u); Daylan Requelman (Laupahoehoe); Keoni Rice (Waiakea); Michael Rogerson (HPA); Dylan Shiraki (Honokaa); Charles Tolentino (Pahoa); Devin Vandervoort (Makua Lani)

COACH OF THE YEAR:  Josh Abner, Honokaa

November 5, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New faces at front of BIIF cross country leader pack

Thornton finish

KEAAU – One of the most often overlooked aspects of cross country running is mental toughness and for one Keaau youth it proved to make a major impact on her performance.

Cougar, Deann Nishimura-Thornton had trouble making it into the top 20 for most of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country season until she discovered the magic of mental imagery.

“I’ve been in la la land all season long, at least until today,” Nishimura-Thornton said.

The Keaau junior harrier saved her best race for Kamehameha this past Saturday when she decided to run with the leaders in the 3 mile event.

“I knew I needed to step up and I needed to feel the pain and work through it.  I was mentally tough today,” she said.

Nishimura-Thornton stayed in contact with the lead pack during the race and her efforts paid big dividends as she managed a fifth place finish in the all-schools BIIF meet.

“To me running is 90 percent mental and 10 percent physical and today I have my confidence back.  I’m so happy because I’ve been disappointing myself during the entire season and now I’m actually looking forward to the BIIF championships,” she said.

  1. Zoe Sims

Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Zoe Sims also had a major breakthrough, winning her first BIIF race and distancing herself from the rest of the field.

“I had no big strategy coming into this race as I just wanted to run my best,” Sims said.

Leading from start to finish, Sims won the race by nearly 40 seconds over Hilo’s Shalila de Bourmont, who finished second and HPA teammate and super freshman Kristiana Van Pernis who took third.

“I wanted to run hard for the sake of our team because I know all my teammates are doing the same for me,” Sims said.  “I didn’t want to have any regrets after the race and I wanted to leave everything out on the course.”

Sims and Van Pernis efforts paid off as HPA won the team title for the second week in a row over a very talented Hilo squad by eight points.

“Our training and good coaching has really helped us as we go into the BIIF championships,” Sims said.

Jesse Tarnas

For the boys it was another surprise, late bloomer, as Parker’s Jesse Tarnas moved up in the overall standings with a super effort at Kamehameha.

“Today I found the right mentality and it just all came together.  I kept saying over and over in my head that pain is temporary, but glory is eternal,” Tarnas said.

The junior from Parker maintained his mantra with excellent results as he finished seventh overall and fourth from the BIIF as there were three Iolani runners within the top group.

“I’ve never finished higher than ninth in BIIF competition, so fourth place is a big jump for me.  I just kept telling myself positive things and imprinted that into my racing and it really helped,” he said.

Tarnas’ efforts also helped the Parker team to their best finish of the season as the Bulls finished fourth behind powerhouse Iolani, Honokaa and Hilo.

Chris Mosch

With Iolani in the mix Honokaa’s Chris Mosch needed to be at the top of his running level as several Red Raiders attempted to take the lead.

“It was fun having Iolani here as it pushed me to run harder,” Mosch said. 

During the first mile a small pack of boys, which included three Iolani runners and Mosch, went by in 5 minutes and 32 seconds.

“I was content with staying in the pack during the early going and it wasn’t until we passed the first mile that I took the lead.  By mile two my dad yelled that I had a 30 yard lead on the rest of the pack,” Mosch said.

The lead quickly evaporated as Iolani’s Troy Esaki played catch up and by the final mile both Esaki and Mosch were shoulder to shoulder.

“I got a little worried when Troy caught me during the last mile.  But I paced myself well and I knew I still had something left in the tank,” Mosch said.

Mosch put on the astro burners in the closing moments of the race to clock 16 minutes and 27 seconds beating runner up Esaki by seven seconds.

“My last mile was at a 5:20 pace and it felt really good.  It was a fun day today,” Mosch said.

Iolani edged out Honokaa for the team title with both squads running away from the rest of the competition.

Honokaa is the dominate BIIF boys team and along with Mosch is lead by Chayce Moniz, Josh Robinson, Robert Connors, and freshman Tony Connors.

The BIIF cross country season takes a bye this weekend in preparation for the BIIF championship to be held on Friday, October 22 at the Waimea campus of Hawaii Prep.

October 11, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Robinson & Kobayashi come up with big wins at Waiakea

Battle for first between Kaneshiro, Robinson and Langtry

Often times in sports a kick during the closing moments of an event will decide the outcome.  Such was the case this past Saturday when Honokaa’s Josh Robinson used a late kick in the final 300 yards of a Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country meet at Waiakea to win the race.

Robinson followed several talented runners during most of the 3 mile race before taking a brief lead just past mile two.

“I didn’t warm up well enough before the race today,” Robinson said after winning.  “I usually need an hour to warm up so I didn’t feel right in the early stages of the race.”

Robinson played a catch up game right from the start with Hilo’s Tyde Kaneshiro, St. Joseph’s Andrew Langtry and Christian Liberty’s Jordan Grotenhuis taking turns as the front runners in a field of 142 harriers.

“During the whole race I kept talking to myself as I wanted to run my own race.  I kept hearing people behind me and kept the leaders within striking distance,” Robinson said.

When the leaders returned to the Waiakea High track, with only 300 yards to go, Robinson was trailing and in third place before displaying his powerful final kick.

“I came into the race today knowing that my kick might win it for me,” he said.

Honokaa coach, Josh Abner, also believes in the power of the kick as the Dragon coach teaches his runners to utilize that tool.  Following the meet Abner was headed out for the Dragon football game where he also serves as a coach.

“I coach the kickers,” Abner said.

Kaneshiro and Langtry fight for second

Robinson crossed the finish line in 16 minutes and 48 seconds with Kaneshiro and Langtry  following (16:53) and Grotenhuis taking fourth (17:01)

“I had the lead at around mile two before Josh (Robinson) passed us,” Kaneshiro said.  “I tried to go with Josh and regained the lead with a half mile to go until he out kicked me on the track.  I’m still pleased with my effort as this was the fastest time I’ve ever run.”

Langtry, a Cardinal sophomore who is one of only two members on the St. Joseph cross country team, also ran the race of his young career not only with his fastest time ever which gave him his best overall BIIF finish.

“It’s all about my doing my best,” Langtry said.  “My goal this season has been to stay in the top 10 and to finish within that number at the BIIF championships.”

Kobayashi wins at WHS

The kick didn’t play any roll in the girl’s race as Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi jumped out to an early lead and distanced herself from the field of 103.

“I always try to go out fast in all my races,” Kobayashi said.  “I don’t focus on any of the other runners and I just focus on myself as I try to run my own race.”

Kobayashi was chased during the entire 3 miles by Hilo’s Shalila de Bourmont and Carmen Garson-Shumway.

“I felt well rested and my legs felt better than the last time we ran on this course,” Kobayashi said.  “Whenever I run I just want to do my best and to keep my pace the entire way.  I heard footsteps and cheering for the girls behind me, so I was always aware that I was being chased.”

Kobayashi, like most of the top runners in Saturday’s Waiakea race, achieved her best time by clocking in at 20 minutes and 9 seconds.


Hilo’s de Bourmont and Garson-Shumway had a near photo finish for second place with both clocking in at 20:47 and de Bourmont getting the nod.

“Shalila and I work together and we work off each other’s energy,” Garson-Shumway said.  “When Kelsie (Kobayashi) pulled out fast and maintained her speed Shalila and I decided to stay together and do our best to stay close.”

“I don’t focus on the fact that Carmen is only a freshman,” de Bourmont said.  “She (Garson-Shumway) is a good runner and we help each other through the pain and hardships that we go through during the race.”

The Hilo girls claimed 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 7th overall places to easily win the team scoring as the Vikings continue to be the dominate team in the BIIF.

“I’m really happy that our girls ran well,” Hilo Coach Bill McMahon said.  “We feel like we’re running well and we look forward to ever race.”

Grace Choe

Also doing well was Makua Lani’s Grace Choe who took fourth in a time of 21:06.

“I was being sandwiched during the race by a pair of Hilo girls,” Choe said.  “The Hilo girls pushed me to run fast and helped me to run my best race.  It’s all about being mentally tough and having perseverance.”  

Coming up on Saturday the BIIF cross country venue moves to Waimea as Hawaii Preparatory Academy will host an all-schools meet.  The girl’s 3-miler begins at 10 am followed by the boy’s race.

Hawaii Prep will also play host to the BIIF championships to be held on Friday, October 22.

September 26, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

BIIF boys cross country at Waiakea – top 35 results

boys start at WHSclick photos to enlarge

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16:48 Robinson Joshua Hon
16:53 Kaneshiro Tyde Hilo
16:53 Langtry Andrew St Joe
17:01 Grotenhuis Jordan CLA
17:11 Whitner Geoff Keala
17:14 Michels Rick Hilo
17:17 Mabuni Brandt Makuu
17:28 Olsen Kevin Keaau
17:29 Tarnas Jesse Parker
17:40 Ray Billy Hilo
17:40 Halford Jackson WHS
18:00 Rice Keoni WHS
18:09 Mah Brandon Hon
18:19 Conners Tony Hon
18:23 Gregg Paul Parker
18:31 Shiraki Dylan Hon
18:36 Hayano Hajime WHS
18:38 McCullough Tyler Parker
18:40 Gregg Daniel Parker
18:47 Kuipers Johann Hilo
18:50 Vandervoort Devin Makuu
19:01 Robinson David Hon
19:05 Chong Devin Keala
19:05 Marshall Williamson WHS
19:07 Pavao Wayne Keaau
19:14 Haight Spencer Hon
19:16 Hunter Stephen Hilo
19:19 Andrew Dong Makua
19:22 Panoff Max Hilo
19:22 Meguro Robby WHS
19:32 Uemura Ryne WHS
19:33 Crowell Mathew Hilo
19:34 Clubs James  Keaau
19:38 Kerr  Max Hilo
19:39 Navarro Arman Keaau

Big Dog edit.  The official results failed to include the names and times of some runners past #35 so I decided not to post the top 60 boys results rather than run results with blank spots.

September 25, 2010 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment