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HHSAA Girls Water Polo – Day 1 results

Stanford Carr Development/HHSAA Girls Water Polo State Championships

Nae’ole Aquatic Complex, Kamehameha Schools-Hawaii

Game 1:  Mililani 7, Kaploei 3

1st Quarter:  5:28, #12 Demiana Gerber, Kapolei

2nd Quarter:  6:38, #12 Alexzandrea Daley, Mililani

6:03, #13 Molly McGuire, Mililani0:11, #10 Cassie Kawamata, Mililani

3rd Quarter: 6:39, #20 Kelsi Choquette, Mililani 6:10, #20 Kelsi Choquette, Mililani

5:27, #12 Alexzandrea Daley, Mililani5:10, #14 Kayla Lanier, Kapolei

4th Quarter:  4:38, #10 Cassie Kawamata, Mililani  4:21, #3 Alysha Hanevold, Kapolei

Game 2:  Roosevelt 19, Baldwin 5

1st  6:43, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt  4:41, #3 Nicole Mistunaga, Roosevelt

2:57, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt  1:36, #10 Kekaikuihala Mcgee, Roosevelt

2nd   6:37, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt

6:20, #4 Alison King, Baldwin   6:09, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt

5:11, #14 Kauionalani Keola, Roosevelt  4:33, #3 Nicole Mistunaga, Roosevelt

3:43, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt  2:11, #3 Nicole Mistunaga, Roosevelt

0:43, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt  0:30, #16 Karli Mendis, Baldwin

3rd 6:20, #4 Alison King, Baldwin  4:43, #6 Hannah Yasuda, Roosevelt

4:20, #21 Cheyene Morrin, Baldwin  4:05, #14 Kauionalani Keola, Roosevelt

1:31, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt 1:02, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt

 4th  6:46, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt    5:25, #6 Hannah Yasuda, Roosevelt

3:28, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt  3:00, #4 Alison King, Baldwin

0:45, #21 Rachel Kamai, Roosevelt

Game 3: KS-Kapalama 10, Kaiser 3

1st 6:58, #6 Brittany Garrigan, KS-Kapalama 5:34, #17 Kawena Bikle, KS-Kapalama

5:04, #6 Brittany Garrigan, KS-Kapalama 4:52, #8 Kehau Ai, KS-Kapalama

4:28, #8 Kehau Ai, KS-Kapalama  3:53, #11 Kiana Yamsahiro, KS-Kapalama

3:08, #8 Kehau Ai, KS-Kapalama  1:52, #21 Jessie Watkins, Kaiser

1:38, #6 Brittany Garrigan, KS-Kapalama  1:04, #8 Kehau Ai, KS-Kapalama  2nd  5:43, #11 Kiana Yamsahiro, KS-Kapalama

3rd  5:00, #13 Kristi McQuaid, Kaiser    4th   4:10, #13 Kristi McQuaid, Kaiser

Game 4:  Waiakea 12, Leilehua 5

1st 6:10, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea 2:33, #7 Aundrea Vidal, Leilehua

1:58, #11 Kara Paulachak, Waiakea 1:07, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea

2nd  6:03, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea

2:02, #10 Aurora Caldera, Waiakea 0:51, #14 Mckenna Shounk, Leilehua

3rd  6:22, #10 Aurora Caldera, Waiakea

5:41, #9 Sarah Marie Barros, Waiakea 5:10, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea

4:40, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea 3:01, #14 Mckenna Shounk, Leilehua

2:37, #7 Leigh Williams, Waiakea 0:35, #13 Katie Torigoe, Waiakea

4th 4:54, #6 Lauren Hill, Waiakea 3:40, #7 Aundrea Vidal, Leilehua 3:11, #15 Charlene Rivers, Leilehua

May 4, 2011 Posted by | Water Polo | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Swimming Results – Top three teams and individual finishers

Hilo Aquatic Club/Hilo HS HY-TEK’s MEET MANAGER 3.0 – BIIF Swimming & Diving – 1/8/2011Results

#2 Men 1 mtr Diving BIIF LEAGUE: 195.30# 1984 Michael Aki

1 Michael, Duncan 15 HPA-HI 106.70

#3 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay

BIIF LEAGUE: 1:49.95# 2002 WAIK J. Bartolome, C. Kaapu-Lyons, N. Okuna,T. Binek 2:02.08 STAT    2:07.27 CONS

Team R elay Finals Time

1 HILO A 1:57.82 STAT Ichinose, Sharae Tsuha, Beth Kojiro, Emilee Carlson, Ginger 29.06 32.53 29.47 26.76

2 WAIK-HI A 2:00.56 STAT Paulachak, Kara 15 Uekawa, Madisyn 14 Kawakami, Kasey 13 Hill, Lauren 15 31.75 31.36 29.24 28.21

3 HPA-HI A 2:04.86 CONS Twigg-Smith, Hannah 13 Cuartero, Jellian 14 Luciani, Bhillie 14 Vernola, Amber 16 32.79 35.80 29.56 26.71

#4 Men 200 Yard Medley Relay BIIF LEAGUE: 1:40.32# 2007 KEAL

P. Greenwell, D. Coakley, N. Garrett, M. Hamilton 1:51.07 STAT 2:01.00 CONS

1 HPA-HI A 1:38.16# STAT Nakachi, Kaikea 16 Katase, Kyle 16 Ross, Ryan 1Borowski, Logan 16 24.90 27.43 24.48 21.35

2 HILO A 1:44.84 STAT Gandall, Kinney Kubo, Christian Takeda, Justin O’Shaughnessy, Patrick 27.75 29.16 24.49 23.44

3 WAIK-HI A 1:45.05 STAT Kawano, Ryan 16 Kuwaye-Tamanaha, Ren 13 Uekawa, Grant 16 Causey, Campbell 15 27.72 29.57 24.42 23.34

#5 Women 200 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 1:54.28# 2008 Krista Maier 2:02.63 STAT   2:05.52 CONS

1 Shimizu, Rachel 15WAIK-HI 1:59.46 STAT 27.69 29.98 30.96 30.83

2 Tsuha, Beth HILO 2:01.07 STAT 28.46 30.75 30.52 31.34

3 Imoto, Paula 14 KS-H 2:07.31 28.68 31.64 33.15 33.84

#6 Men 200 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 1:44.84# 1981 Kimo Guerrero 1:49.52 STAT 1:57.39 CONS

1 Causey, Campbell 15WAIK-HI 1:49.46 STAT 25.12 27.88 28.76 27.70

2 Gandall, Kinney HILO 1:49.96 CONS 25.27 27.43 28.58 28.68

3 Hill, Adam 13WAIK-HI 1:57.77 26.05 29.96 31.19 30.57

#7 Women 200 Yard IM BIIF LEAGUE: 2:09.62# 2002 Marlene Yafuso 2:21.66 STAT 2:24.25 CONS

1 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l4 KEAL-HI 2:16.72 STAT 29.11 34.38 41.88 31.35

2 Ichinose, Sharae HILO 2:19.06 STAT 28.39 34.85 43.39 32.43

3 Calderara, Aurora 17WAIK-HI 2:22.53 CONS 29.87 35.36 43.26 34.04

#8 Men 200 Yard IM BIIF LEAGUE: 1:59.01# 2000 Thomas Sanford 2:07.58 STAT 2:14.25 CONS

1 Nakachi, Kaikea 16 HPA-HI 1:59.12 STAT 24.84 29.61 36.99 27.68

2 Kuwaye-Tamanaha, R 1en3WAIK-HI 2:07.55 STAT 27.17 33.24 36.34 30.80

3 Uekawa, Grant 16WAIK-HI 2:08.19 CONS 26.33 34.57 39.32 27.97

#9 Women 50 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 24.21# 2002 Tamarah Binek 25.90 STAT 26.59 CONS

1 Uekawa, Madisyn 14WAIK-HI 24.78 STAT

2 Vernola, Amber 16 HPA-HI 27.01

3 Carlson, Ginger HILO 27.02

#10 Men 50 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 20.64# 2006 Daniel Coakley 23.15 STAT 23.79 CONS

1 Borowski, Logan 16 HPA-HI 21.75 STAT

2 Katase, Kyle 16 HPA-HI 22.44 STAT

3 Rimando, Ryan 16WAIK-HI 22.66 STAT

#11 Women 100 Yard Fly BIIF LEAGUE: 57.86# 2002 Nicole Okuna 1:03.81 STAT 1:07.49 CONS

1 King, Akemi 14WAIK-HI 1:04.24 CONS 30.16 34.08

2 Camacho, Leahi 13 KEAL-HI 1:04.46 CONS 30.26 34.20

3 Jernigan, Kelly 16 KEAL-HI 1:05.79 CONS 29.96 35.83

#12 Men 100 Yard Fly BIIF LEAGUE: 51.59# 2010 Logan Borowski 57.28 STAT  59.99 CONS

1 Uekawa, Grant 16WAIK-HI 54.34 STAT 25.43 28.91

2 Kawano, Ryan 16WAIK-HI 55.72 STAT 25.29 30.43

3 Takeda, Justin HILO 56.84 STAT 25.97 30.87

#13 Women 100 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 53.29# 2004 Tamarah Binek 56.31 STAT  58.81 CONS

1 Uekawa, Madisyn 14WAIK-HI 54.44 STAT 25.81 28.63

2 Shimizu, Rachel 15WAIK-HI 57.09 CONS 27.36 29.73

3 Jernigan, Cara 14 KEAL-HI 58.01 CONS 27.70 30.31

#14 Men 100 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 46.79# 2007 Daniel Coakley 51.13 STAT  53.15 CONS

1 Borowski, Logan 16 HPA-HI 48.78 STAT 24.67 24.11

2 Rimando, Ryan 16WAIK-HI 50.84 STAT

3 Ross, Ryan 16 HPA-HI 50.91 STAT 24.58 26.33

#15 Women 500 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 5:03.28# 2008 Krista Maier 5:30.81 STAT  5:40.09 CONS

1 Tsuha, Beth HILO 5:22.75 STAT 30.08 32.33 33.04 32.82 32.81 33.29 32.43 33.08 32.52 30.35

2 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l4 KEAL-HI 5:23.03 STAT 29.34 32.48 32.59 33.04 33.15 33.06 32.64 33.03 33.06 30.64

 3 Imoto, Paula 14 KS-H 5:45.31 30.53 33.55 34.32 34.48 35.86 35.74 35.16 36.21 35.32 34.14

#16 Men 500 Yard Free BIIF LEAGUE: 4:49.28# 1980 Kimo Guerrero 5:05.59 STAT  5:22.58 CONS

1 Causey, Campbell 15WAIK-HI 4:57.58 STAT 26.07 28.62 29.07 30.06 29.90 30.31 31.14 31.72 31.24 29.45

2 Gandall, Kinney HILO 5:03.96 STAT 26.54 29.22 30.01 30.57 31.50 31.81 30.96 31.41 32.29 29.65

3 Foo, Ky 15 KEAL-HI 5:04.87 STAT 26.83 30.77 32.13 33.64 29.95 29.24 30.92 30.06 31.88 29.45

#17 Women 200 Yard Free Relay BIIF LEAGUE: 1:40.71# 2002 WAIK W. Nekoba, N. Okuna, M. Yafuso, T. Binek

1:46.39 STAT 1:53.10 CONS

1 WAIK-HI A 1:53.16 Hill, Lauren 15 Torigoe, Katie 15 Jobes, Jayna 14 Nakamura, Kirsten 14 27.62 28.89 27.49 29.16

2 HPA-HI A 1:58.58 Marbach, Josie 15 DiZinno, Madi 16 Francis, Seychelle 13 Luciani, Bhillie 14 31.30 29.53 30.20 27.55

3 HILO B 2:04.20 Chambless, Kadey Pitoy, Shea Sampaga, Erica Ongais, Kayla 30.33 28.60 35.63 29.64

#18 Men 200 Yard Free Relay BIIF LEAGUE: 1:29.35# 2010 HPA K. Katase, K. Nakachi, L. Borowski, R. Ross

1:38.03 STAT 1:43.11 CONS

1 HPA-HI B 1:33.28 STAT Nakachi, Kaikea 16 Ross, Ryan 16 Ryan, Koiawe 15 Tarnas, Kulan 15 22.29 22.84 23.97 24.18

2 HPA-HI A 1:35.17 STAT Borowski, Logan 16 Monahan, Michael 17 Tanoai, Kainoa 15 Katase, Kyle 16 21.53 25.64 25.92 22.08

3 HILO A 1:45.79 Takeda, Justin Kerr, Max Vargas, Nathan Jack, Kaleo 23.45 28.02 27.17 27.15

#19 Women 100 Yard Back BIIF LEAGUE: 59.84# 2010 Alyssa Foo 1:04.09 STAT 1:08.00 CONS

1 Ichinose, Sharae HILO 1:02.61 STAT 30.22 32.39

2 Hauanio, Madison-Ga i1l4 KEAL-HI 1:05.07 CONS 31.25 33.82

3 Kawakami, Kasey 13WAIK-HI 1:05.32 CONS 31.66 33.66

#20 Men 100 Yard Back BIIF LEAGUE: 53.57# 2010 Kaikea Nakachi 59.79 STAT 1:04.38 CONS

1 Nakachi, Kaikea 16 HPA-HI 52.69# STAT 25.73 26.96

2 Bisel, Ryan HILO 1:01.46 CONS 30.14 31.32

3 Friend, JP 16 KEAL-HI 1:02.97 CONS 30.58 32.39

#21 Women 100 Yard Breast BIIF LEAGUE: 1:06.07# 2002 Cassie Kaapu-Lyons 1:12.29 STAT 1:14.67 CONS

1 Uekawa, Madisyn 14WAIK-HI 1:07.72 STAT 31.30 36.42

2 Jernigan, Cara 14 KEAL-HI 1:11.81 STAT 34.28 37.53

3 Shimizu, Rachel 15WAIK-HI 1:14.78 35.22 39.56

#22 Men 100 Yard Breast BIIF LEAGUE: 58.61# 2010 Peter Chi 1:04.04 STAT 1:07.73 CONS

1 Katase, Kyle 16 HPA-HI 1:00.91 STAT 28.63 32.28

2 Rimando, Ryan 16WAIK-HI 1:01.46 STAT 28.35 33.11

3 Kubo, Christian HILO 1:03.69 STAT 30.47 33.22

#23 Women 400 Yard Free Relay BIIF LEAGUE: 3:41.82# 2001 WAIK M. Rivera, T. Binek, M. Yafuso, N. Okuna

3:56.19 STAT  4:15.99 CONS

1 HILO A 3:47.58 STAT Ichinose, Sharae Kojiro, Emilee Carlson, Ginger Tsuha, Beth 26.59 55.94 28.08 58.97 27.59 58.13 25.74 54.54

2 KEAL-HI A 3:50.66 STAT Hauanio, Madison-Gail 14 Jernigan, Kelly 16 Camacho, Leahi 13 Kalua’U, Jes-Ai 14 26.92 56.12 28.04 58.32 27.87 58.34 27.89 57.88

3 WAIK-HI A 3:54.56 STAT Shimizu, Rachel 15 Flores-Oishi, Coco 13 Jobes, Jayna 14 Kawakami, Kasey 1327.91 57.47 28.47 1:00.15 27.92 58.83 27.55 58.11

#24 Men 400 Yard Free Relay BIIF LEAGUE: 3:18.74# 2007 KEAL N. Garrett, I. Cristobal, M. Hamilton, D. Coakley

3:35.82 STAT   3:52.06 CONS

1 WAIK-HI A 3:29.28 STAT Causey, Campbell 15 Hill, Adam 13 Peng, Patrick 15 Uekawa, Grant 16 24.77 51.80 25.05 52.91 26.44 54.81 23.91 49.76

2 HILO A 3:29.59 STAT Gandall, Kinney Bisel, Ryan Hamane, Cody Weller, Kepa 24.57 50.57 24.93 52.41 24.87 52.72 25.33 53.89

3 KS-H A 4:14.11 Hulse, Cooper Paulino, Laa Kalaukoa, Nainoa 15 Lawcock, Joshua 13 26.64 56.45 27.98 1:01.29 29.93 1:06.08 31.67 1:10.29

January 8, 2011 Posted by | Swimming in Hawaii | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Girl’s Open Results from Kamehameha Meet

Start of girl's open at Kamehameha

Start of girl's 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 2  Girls 3 Mile Run CC Open
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    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points         
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  1 Mardian, Daisy            12 H P A                 23:50.05    1            
  2 Donahue, Marie            12 H P A                 23:51.38    2            
  3 Martin-Schatz, Svetlana   11 H P A                 24:45.85    3            
  4 Busek, Jessica             9 Waiakea High School   25:03.26    4            
  5 Hill, Lauren               9 Waiakea High School   25:06.52    5            
  6 Torigio, Katie            10 Waiakea High School   25:16.90    6            
  7 Akai, Tsukasa             10 H P A                 25:34.94    7            
  8 White, Melissa            11 H P A                 25:47.16    8            
  9 Tamasese-Solomon, Malama  10 H P A                 25:56.12    9            
10 Friel, Rebekah            11 Kamehameha HI         26:00.83   10            
11 Kekauoha, Sarah           12 Kamehameha HI         26:27.84   11            
12 Fojas, Jasmine             9 H P A                 27:03.75   12            
13 Petner, Emma              11 Kamehameha HI         27:16.38   13            
14 Kekauoha, Esther          11 Kamehameha HI         27:48.75   14            
15 Pohina, Noelle             9 Kamehameha HI         27:53.87   15            
16 Nakao, Carissa            11 Waiakea High School   27:55.60   16            
17 Mandaquit-Arakaki, Saydi  10 Kamehameha HI         28:13.26   17            
18 Lum, Christa              11 Waiakea High School   28:13.61   18            
19 Nakahara, Meimei          10 H P A                 28:19.35                 
20 DeRego, Maggie            12 Kamehameha HI         28:24.22   19            
21 Sarwar, Eaman             11 H P A                 29:01.80                 
22 Guerrero-Miguel, Janelle  12 Keaau High School     29:06.71                 
23 Kualii, Chelsie           10 Kamehameha HI         29:07.54                 
24 Mulvany, Mickenna          9 H P A                 29:20.31                 
25 Lee, Kainoe                9 Kamehameha HI         29:35.40                 
26 Kia, Elizabeth             9 Kamehameha HI         29:36.71                 
27 Grothmann, Kalai          10 Kamehameha HI         29:37.46                 
28 Pohina, Chantel           10 Kamehameha HI         29:56.54                 
29 McGuire, Gina              9 Kamehameha HI         30:00.22                 
30 Scott, Tamaya             10 Honokaa High School   30:16.74                 
31 Bath, Katrina              9 Waiakea High School   30:26.39   20            
32 Sewell, Tehani            12 Kamehameha HI         30:29.88                 
33 Dellaport-Fabian, Munira   9 Pahoa High School     30:52.19                 
34 Kanuha, Kahea             12 Kamehameha HI         31:02.76                 
35 Owen, mikeala             10 H P A                 31:15.19                 
36 Bisel, Bethany             9 Waiakea High School   31:20.46   21            
37 Sumaoang, Desiree          9 Keaau High School     31:28.01                 
38 Carvalho, Krystina         9 Waiakea High School   31:41.90                 
39 Fratinardo, Michelle       9 Kamehameha HI         31:48.04                 
40 Ninomiya, Risa             9 H P A                 31:52.19                 
41 Nishina, Kelsi            11 H P A                 32:06.61                 
42 Barry, Sarah               9 Kamehameha HI         32:10.89                 
43 Shibuya, Tiare            10 Kamehameha HI         32:32.34                 
44 Ono, Emily                   Honokaa High School   32:36.03                 
45 Pascual, Stephanie        11 Keaau High School     34:32.80                 
46 Machida, Jaci             10 Kamehameha HI         35:30.94                 
47 Mills, Nalani             11 Keaau High School     35:37.11                 
48 Lo, Sheri                 12 Honokaa High School   40:42.64                 
49 Perreira, Jade               Honokaa High School   41:07.99                 
                                                                                
                                   Team Scores                                  
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Rank Team                      Total    1    2    3    4    5   *6   *7   *8   *9
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   1 Hawaii Preparatory Academ    21    1    2    3    7    8    9   12         
      Total Time:  2:03:49.38                                                   
         Average:    24:45.88                                                   
   2 Waiakea High School          49    4    5    6   16   18   20   21         
      Total Time:  2:11:35.89                                                   
         Average:    26:19.18                                                   
   3 Kamehameha Schools – Hawa    63   10   11   13   14   15   17   19         
      Total Time:  2:15:27.67                                                   
         Average:    27:05.54

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

Big Dog’s BIIF Girls cross-country, Projected State Qualifiers

Girls Varsity start at Kamehameha

Girls Varsity start at Kamehameha

Every two weeks the Big Dog will project the leading (3) teams in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country, along with the top 11 individual runners and the 5 alternate runners. 

The top three teams, along with the top 11 individual runners outside of those three teams, will be heading to the state championship held in Kauai on November 1st.  The following is just Big Dog’s prediction as of Sept. 14, 2oo9.

GIRLS:  TOP THREE TEAMS as of Sept. 14, 2009

   HPA, defending BIIF team champions, Coach Michael Franklin

   HONOKAA, Coach Josh Abner

   HILO, Coach Lory Hunter

Top 11 individual runners for state qualifiers:

  1. Kaitlyn Chock, Waiakea
  2. Kelsie Kobayashi, Waiakea
  3. Bronte Kaneakua, Kamehameha
  4. Grace Choe, Makua Lani
  5. Alexis Mabuni, Makua Lani
  6. Kalena Shiroma, Kamehameha
  7. Rachael Bianchi, Kealakehe
  8. Corin Kim, Kamehameha
  9. Kari Van Mols, Kealakehe
  10.   Mary Jo Osorio, Kohala
  11.   Erin Scully, Kamehameha

Top 5 Alternates:

  1. Isla Kruger-Burgess, Kealakehe
  2. Jeanine Hoy, Parker
  3. Mary Jessica Wuscher, Keaau
  4. Lauren Hill, Waiakea
  5. Roya Sabri, Kealakehe

September 14, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Honokaa Favored to Win BIIF Cross Country Titles

Honokaa is favored to win the BIIF team titles

Honokaa is favored to win the BIIF team titles photo by Brad Ballesteros

     Prep harriers from around the island are making strides in preparation for the upcoming Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country season which got under way this past Saturday with a preseason meet at Christian Liberty Academy.

   The Hawaii Preparatory Academy girls and the Honokaa boys come into the season as the defending BIIF teams, each with their own hopes for the future.

   “We only have one returning senior, Melanie Ulrich, but a solid group of young runners,” Ka Makani girls coach, Michael Franklin said.

   That solid core of young runners returning for HPA is all juniors and includes Samantha Neal, Kela Vargas, Phoebe Hono and Hana Scully. 

   “If we’re competitive again this year it will be a true team effort, like last year.  Based on last season, Honokaa and Hilo will be very tough to beat, but every year this league seems to get closer and closer, so we’re not taking any positions for granted,” Franklin said.

   For the HPA boys it will be a rebuilding season as the Ka Makani lost many of their top runners to graduation.

   The biggest bright spot for the Ka Makani will be the return of Tyler Tsubota who is talented enough to make a run for the BIIF individual title.  “I do hope Tyler returns to the team,” HPA boys coach, Lupe Diaz said.

  “We also hope to have Makoa Johnson, Russell Hapgood, Sean Prentiss and Logan Martin back, but you never know with these kids.  One of our goals will be to fill many new shoes and have the boys step it up and shoot for the times our seniors had last year,” Diaz said.

   Hilo comes into the season as last year’s runner-up for both the girls and boys teams, but Coach Bill McMahon has his work cut out for himself as most of his top individual runners were lost to graduation.

   “It’s a rebuilding year for us as much as it is for the rest of the league.  We would like to qualify for State, top three team wise, in both the boys and girls,” McMahon said.

   One of the best teams this season has to be the Honokaa Dragons as the defending boy’s champions they return most of their top runners.

   Led by Christopher Mosch the Dragons are loaded with talent and depth, but Coach Joshua Abner remains mum on their chances for success.

   “I hope its okay that I’m keeping my (teams) secret for now?” Abner said in an email.

   But there is no hiding the talent behind the Dragon squads as their boys will complement Mosch with Geo Chavez-Pardini and Chayce Moniz.

Two time defending BIIF girls champion, Tia Greenwell
Two time defending BIIF girls champion, Tia Greenwell

The Honokaa girls have two times defending BIIF champion, Tia Greenwell, retuning for her junior season.

   Greenwell is one of the top cross-country runners in the state and is an overwhelming favorite to win her third consecutive BIIF title.

   Dragon teammates Athena Oldfather and Katherine Aguilar will add to the team’s firepower and gives them the edge to win the league team title.

   The Kamehameha girls, under veteran coach Joel Truesdell, has some firepower of their own with Bronte Kaneakua leading the way for the Warriors.

   “Bronte is looking very strong and behind her is a pack of three, consisting of Corin Kim, Erin Carvalho and Kalena Shiroma,” Truesdell said.

   Truesdell remains uncertain about his team coming into the season.  “We won’t know how competitive we are until we see the other teams,” he said.

   The BIIF cross-country championships will be held at Kamehameha on October 24 and will give the Warrior squad a slight advantage on their home turf.

   The public school Warrior girls also have some firepower that might compete with the rest of the league as they return most of their fourth place squad from last year.

Waiakea's Lauren Hill
Waiakea’s Lauren Hill

Leading the way is senior, Kaitlyn Chock, along with youngsters Kelsie Kobayashi, Erin Yoshida and Lauren Hill.

   If Waiakea can find more depth beyond their number four runner they may also be a contender for a team title.

   Returning to the coaching scene after a brief hiatus is Keaau’s Donna Wong Yuen who takes the helm for both the Cougar squads.

   Wong Yuen has two top notch runners returning in sophomore Deaan Nishimura-Thornton and football star Daniel Brooks.  Both athletes made an impact on their team’s success last year and should fare well again this season.

August 30, 2009 Posted by | High School Runners, Running on the Big Island | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment