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BIIF Girls Judo Champions for 2012 – photos by Charles Aina

109-Nakayama, Carreira, Bondaug

98 – Arakaki & Towata

115 Skye Matsuura

103 Megan Aina & Tehani Jones

BIIF girls judo champions for 2012

122 Oda, Suarez, Cabalce

May 20, 2012 Posted by | Judo | , , , , | Leave a comment

Waiakea Wrestling Coaches trying to fly under the Radar

WHS coach

Stealth was the key word at Waiakea as the Big Island Interscholastic Federation wrestling season continued on Saturday, with the public school Warriors trying to avoid detection of their talented team.

“We’re trying to fly under the radar and not let the other schools know what we have,” Warrior coach Preston Sato said.Waiakea is the defending boy’s team champion in BIIF wrestling, but are attempting to disguise what they might have as the season heads into its final weeks.

“We continue the coaching philosophy of our former coach, Patrick Marquart, who believed in discipline and the entire program is modeled after him.” Sato said,Marquart coached the Warriors from 1996 to 2001 according to Sato and Coach Sato along with assistant coach, Nick Galloway, wrestled for the legendary Warrior coach.Galloway, a 2003 and Sato, a 2001 graduate of Waiakea have both returned to continue as mentors.

“Coach Marquart always helped us become better wrestlers and as a result become better people in life,” Galloway said.  “He had a great program which we try to emulate today.”Haraguichi

“We carry 16 boys and 7 girls and defending the league title will be a lot tougher this season, Coach Stan Haraguchi said.  “It will come down to who wants it more, who works the hardest and who has the fewest injuries.”MaglintiLeading the Warrior boys is senior Jordan Maglinti at 152 pounds who won his opening match against a Pahoa opponent by a score of 11-1.“I haven’t lost a match this season as I go for just the basic moves of double leg and half nelson,” Maglinti said. “I’m not a great wrestler, I’m just okay and all these other kids work hard too.”Despite his undefeated BIIF season Maglinti, a senior, believes that he needs to work harder at practice to be able to contend for the league championship.“I just want to wrestle as hard as I can and if I win or lose it doesn’t matter, as long as I tried my best,” he said. Ikehara

Also flying under the radar for Waiakea is Alan Ikehara a tenth grader in his first year of wrestling.

Ikehara, 140, won his opening match against a Hawaii Preparatory Academy opponent by putting him in a half then pressing his weight down to get the second round pin.

“I took him down in the first period then put him in a reverse leading into the half,” Ikehara said.  “My double leg take down works well, but I still need to work on the single leg.”

Ikehara, a surfer, goes into every match with a positive attitude as his dad; a former high school wrestler encouraged him to enter the sport.

“I go onto the mat to try to win every match and I always try to do the best that I can,” he said,

Keoni Rice, at 135, adds to the Waiakea firepower and remains undefeated in league competition.

“I’m 7-0 and today I bumped up to 140 for better competition,” Rice said.  “I try to take advantage of my opponent’s weaknesses and faults.”

Rice, a junior, ran cross country during the off season and believes the transition to wrestling has helped.

“Cross country has helped me stay in shape and develop more stamina,” he said.  “Wrestling also helped my running because of the high intensity of the sport.”


For the Warrior girls there is no hiding Tanalei Louis who comes in as the state runner up at 125 pounds and is undefeated in BIIF competition.

Louis faced stiff opposition in Kamehameha’s Noelle Pohina and used a barbed wire move to secure the pin in the second period to move her league record to 15-0.   The two combatants had faced each other last season for the BIIF championships with Louis again coming out on top.

“Everything is going as planned at this point in the season,” Louis said.  “Noelle probably gave me my toughest match so far this season.”

Louis has never been in serious trouble this season as she has fluctuated between 125 and 130 pound weight divisions.

“My dad helps me a lot in my wrestling as he wrestled for Hilo High when he was in high school,” Louis said.  “My dad is my biggest supporter and I appreciate his always being there for me.”

Waiakea Teammate Skye Matsuura, 120, dropped a close match to Kamehameha’s Phoebe Oda by a score of 10 to 4.  The loss dropped the sophomore to a 3-4 season record

“My mom made me come out for wrestling as she is a black belt in judo,” Matsuura said.  “I’m glad I joined as I like it now as it is a good sport.”

Matsuura believes she still needs to work on building muscle and getting in better shape.

“I need to work on my cardio and my staying in position before matches,” Matsuura said.  “My stand up works good as I fight for hand control.”

Waiakea hosted the day long all schools meet which showcased some of the best wrestlers on the island

“It’s very difficult to coach and host a wrestling tournament,” Coach Stan Haraguichi said.  “Fortunately I have a good staff and great kids.”

BIIF action continues on Saturday with a East meet at Hilo and the West meet at HPA.  Both venues begin at 10 am.

January 24, 2012 Posted by | Running on the Big Island, Wrestling | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BIIF Team Tennis Results – Kealakehe boys and Waiakea girls

WHS freshman Sarah Dvorak       

  Team Championships

 Boys Semifinals:               Waiakea 3 , HPA 2

Singles:  Kaito Mizutani (WAK) def. Michael Monahan (HPA) 6-0, 6-3

Singles:  Isaiah Brilhante (WAK) def. Zane Moran (HPA) 7-6(6), 6-3

Doubles:  Bobby Souza (HPA)/ Santa Chirathivat (HPA) def. Caden Yamamoto (WAK)/ Gary Murayama (WAK) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:  Won Joon Kim (HPA)/ Hiroki Kawakami (HPA) def. Christopher Simons (WAK)/ Daniel Matsuura (WAK) 6-3, 6-3

Doubles:  Brandon Hamamoto (WAK)/ Samuel Matsuura (WAK) def. Howard Chen (HPA)/ Jason Lo (HPA) 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4

Kealakehe 5, Keaau 0

Singles:  Spencer Travalino (KEAL) def. Benito Alonzo (KEAAU) 6-0, 6-1

Singles:  Chase Richmond (KEAL) def. Adrian Takara (KEAAU) Retired

Doubles:  Jeffrey Gelman (KEAL)/ Chandler Daub (KEAL) def. Jesse Graf (KEAAU)/ Chris Alfiche (KEAAU) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Shoyo Tsukamoto (KEAL)/ David Jackson (KEAL) def. Dorian Rhyss (KEAAU)/ Kaimana DeVita (KEAAU) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles:  Clifford Kow (KEAL)/ Arthur Nedlic (KEAL) def. Treyven AhQuin-Fely (KEAAU)/ Davin Alviento (KEAAU) 6-1, 4-6, 10-8

Boys Finals:                  Kealakehe 3, Waiakea 2

Singles:  Spencer Travalino (KEAL) def. Kaito Mizutani (WAK) 6-4, 7-5

Singles:  Chandler Daub (KEAL) def. Isaiah Brilhante (WAK) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles:  Jeffrey Gelman (KEAL)/ Shoyo Tsukamoto (KEAL) def. Caden Yamamoto (WAK)/ Gary Murayama (WAK) 6-0, 6-0

Doubles:  Christopher Simons (WAK)/ Daniel Matsuura (WAK) def. David Jackson (KEAL)/ Chase Richmond (KEAL) 6-3, 6-1

Doubles:  Brandon Hamamoto (WAK)/ Samuel Matsuura (WAK) def. Clifford Kow (KEAL)/ Arthur Nedlic (KEAL) 6-2, 6-1

Girls Semifinals:                Waiakea 5, HPA 0

Singles:  Sarah Dvorak (WAK) def. Erin Wakefield-McDonald (HPA) 6-0, 6-0

Singles:  Candice Roddie (WAK) def. Alina Katase (HPA) 6-2, 6-0

Doubles:  Ceara Sumida (WAK)/ Stephanie Matsuura (WAK) def. Jacqueline Ornellas (HPA)/ Mariko Thorbecke (HPA) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles:  Shayla Kushi (WAK)/ Skye Matsuura (WAK) def. Claire Rho (HPA)/ Eun Sol Lee (HPA) 6-1, 6-3

Doubles:  Karyl-Lin Yamakawa (WAK)/ Leisha Ishikawa (WAK) def. Risa Ninomiya (HPA)/ Aniela Chertavian (HPA) 6-4, 6-1

Kealakehe 4, Hilo 1  Singles:  Daisy Green (KEAL) def. Kelly Soares (HILO) 6-3, 7-5

Singles:  Sarah Nako (HILO) def. Cierra Abellara (KEAL) 6-3, 7-5

Doubles:  Kristin Winther (KEAL)/ Mai Kobayashi (KEAL) def. Genevieve Flasponler (HILO)/ Megan Cabison (HILO) 7-6(6), 6-3

Doubles:  Tiera Makaiwi (KEAL)/ Michelle Reed (KEAL) def. Stacie Lim (HILO)/ Joyce Iwashita (HILO) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Doubles:  Yoko Nedlic (KEAL)/ Maura Montenero (KEAL) def. Kat Hong (HILO)/ Arissa Nakagawa (HILO) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2

Girls Finals:              Waiakea 5, Kealakehe 0

Singles:  Sarah Dvorak (WAK) def. Mai Kobayashi (KEAL) 6-0, 6-0

Singles:  Chelsea Sato (WAK) def. Kristin Winther (KEAL) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles:  Ceara Sumida (WAK)/ Stephanie Matsuura (WAK) def. Daisy Green (KEAL)/ Cierra Abellara (KEAL) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles:  Shayla Kushi (WAK)/ Skye Matsuura (WAK) def. Tiera Makaiwi (KEAL)/ Michelle Reed (KEAL) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles:  Karyl-Lin Yamakawa (WAK)/ Leisha Ishikawa (WAK) def. Yoko Nedlic (KEAL)/ Maura Montenero (KEAL) 6-4, 6-2


April 17, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island, tennis | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment