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HHSAA Hall of Honor selects 12 athletes in 2012 class

The Hawai’i High School Athletic Association is proud to announce the 2012 Class of Inductees into the HHSAA Hall of Honor:

• Dawnyelle Awa, Konawaena (basketball, volleyball)

• Shane Brostek, Hawai’i Prep (football, track and field)

• DeForest Buckner, Punahou (football, basketball)

• Keiki Carlos, Mid-Pacific (softball)

• Lorens Chan, ‘Iolani (golf)

• Mindy Chow, Punahou (judo, wrestling)

• Kristine Felix, Baldwin (track and field, tennis)

• Benny Fonua, Kahuku (football, basketball)

Lia Galdeira

• Lia Galdeira, Konawaena (basketball, track and field)

• Misty Ma’a, Kamehameha (volleyball)

• Mysha Sataraka, Punahou (softball, basketball)

• Pasoni Tasini, Baldwin (football, basketball, track and field, volleyball) 

These 12 outstanding senior student-athletes were selected by a 16-person committee of current and former sports reporters, athletic directors and coaches from around the state after two days of meetings. The criteria is based mainly on athletic achievement but character, sportsmanship, academic record and community service also are taken into consideration.

Each inductee also will receive a $2,000 scholarship courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

The student-athletes will be formally inducted at an HHSAA Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. June 3 at the Sheraton Waikiki. For ticket information, please call 587-4495.

The HHSAA Hall of Honor, formerly known as the Nissan Hall of Honor, has been recognizing the top 12 Hawai’i senior student-athletes each year since 1983.


May 22, 2012 Posted by | Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

HHSAA wrestling championships – Semifinals and Consolation Rounds on Saturday



March 2-3, 2012 – Neal S. Blaisdell Arena


8:30 a.m.   Weigh-in

10 a.m.      Semifinals and Consolation Rounds 3 & 4

3 p.m.        Introductions

4 p.m.        Championship, third-place and fifth-place finals

7:30 p.m.   Awards ceremony

The top high school wrestlers from across the state will compete in the 47th Annual Chevron/HHSAA Championships, March 2-3 at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Arena. This year’s field includes boys wrestlers in 14 weight classes (in pounds): 108, 114, 120, 125, 130, 135, 140, 145, 152, 160, 171, 189, 215 and 285, and girls wrestlers in 11 weight classes: 98, 103, 108, 114, 120, 125, 130, 140, 155, 175 and 220. (includes 2-pound weight allowance)


Returning individual state champions:

Two boys, Maryknoll’s Cassidy Oshiro (114 pounds) and Punahou’s Todd Murakawa (130), and one girl, Punahou’s Mindy Chow (130), will aim for their third individual state championships. Oshiro won at 108 pounds in 2010 and Murakawa at 125 pounds that same year.

Other defending state champs are Mililani’s Quinn Nagatani (108), ‘Aiea’s Samantha Higa (114) and Darcie Manning O’Brien (175), Mid-Pacific’s Joshua Terao (125), Lahainaluna’s Chanse Uyeda (152), Punahou’s Bryan Peralta (152) and Zach Hernandez (189) and Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Akoakoa Paleka-Kennedy (285). Uyeda won last year’s 145-pound title.

Three girls – Kamehameha-Hawaii’s Megan Aina (103), Kamehameha’s Bree Rapoza (120) and Pearl City’s Sanoe Spencer (220) – won state titles in 2010 but were upset last year.

March 2, 2012 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Wrestlers Do Well at Officials Meet on Oahu

Kona’s Tanalei Louis proudly displays her 2nd place medal

Waiakea’s Tracy Poch made a name for herself over the weekend as the junior claimed top honors in the 175 pound weight division in what is considered the biggest wrestling tournament in the State of Hawaii.

“I took five boys and two girls over to Oahu to compete in the Officials Wrestling Tournament and Tracy came away with a first place title and Tyler Yonemori took second for the boys’ 145 division,” Waiakea assistant coach Preston Sato said during a phone interview.

“This was the largest wrestling tournament in the state with over 900 participants,” Sato said.  “The event allowed us to test our moves and gain valuable experience.”

The Waiakea coach believes that Poch has the ability to win the state title at 155 or 175 pounds.

“Tracy was second in the state last year at 155,” Sato said.  “She’s learned a lot during the past year and she continues to improve at each practice and she can be tough at either weight division, although we’re going to try to compete her at the 155 division.”

Tracy Poch

“I’ve been working hard during my training this season,” Poch said.  “With effort and good coaching I think I can defend my BIIF title at 155 and win at states.”

Sato returned to Hilo with his athletes on Sunday evening then was planning on leaving Monday to take them to the Maui Tournament.

Yonemori in just his second year of competitive wrestling worked his way through the championship bracket winning his first and third matches by pin and winning his second match by a 10 to 3 score.

“This was a good experience for me and I learned a lot by participating over the weekend,” Yonemori said.  “My only loss was in the finals when I was outscored by Chance Uyeda of Lahainalua.”

Tyler Yonemori

Yonemori the defending Big Island Interscholastic Federation champion at 140 pounds is also a state judo champion and is expected to compete at the higher weight class this season.

Hilo’s Jordan Enos placed third in the 130 division as Viking Coach Alex Kalawe brought three boys and one girl to compete at Leilehua.

“We invited our returnees and those with the best chance for success,” Kalawe said.  “Jordan was our best finisher and our lone girl managed to take fifth place in her division.”

“I had six matches and I won five and lost one,” Enos said.  “My best move was the outside low single where I do a low squat and instead of shooting for the ankles I do a spin around move.”

Enos, now in his senior year, comes to the mat more confident and motivated to do well.

“It’s my senior year and I plan on winning the BIIF at 130 pounds and then place at states,” he said. 

Perennial BIIF boy’s team champions, Kealakehe, also took a squad of six boys along with one girl to compete.

“We need to get more experience and a higher level of competition during a shortened BIIF season,” WaveRider Coach Mike Ciotti said.

Konawaena, sophomore Tanelei Louis, made it all the way to the finals in the 130 bracket before dropping the match to the defending state champion Mindy Chow from Punahou.

“I had three matches prior to facing Mindy,” Louis said.  “I won all three by pin with two coming in a barbed wire and the other in a reverse half.”

Louis, the BIIF champ at 125 as a freshman last year, believes that she will return to that weight class to defend her title.

“I have a lot of confidence from my Dad who works with me and teaches me about wrestling,” she said.

Wildcat teammate Sage Aoki, competing in the 120 class, received a controversial disqualification in his first match for what the officials considered a “slam.”

“We questioned the call,” Kona coach and Sage’s dad, Mark Aoki said.  “We didn’t think that was the right call, but it was considered an opening match loss and Sage was forced into the consolation bracket.”

“I was riding the guy from the back and when he stood up I came in front of him for a double leg flip and he landed on his shoulder and wasn’t able to continue,” Sage Aoki said.

Aoki who won the BIIF title last year at 108 has bulked up to 120 will compete during the season at the higher weight class.

“I wanted to get bigger and stronger so I did a lot of weight training during the summer,” Aoki said.

Aoki had an easy time as he went undefeated during six matches in the consolation bracket to take third place overall during the tournament.

“Despite my first match loss I had a good experience and was able to get in a lot of matches where I could practice a variety of moves,” Aoki said.

Pearl City won the girls team scoring title with Waiakea being the highest scoring BIIF team at 14 place out of 27 teams competing.

For the boys it was Punahou winning with Hilo coming in at 21 out of 32 teams.

December 23, 2010 Posted by | Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment