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HPA’s Sims, Honokaa’s Moniz, crowned BIIF cross country champions

Zoe Sims

KEAAU – Honokaa’s Chayce Moniz and Hawaii Preparatory Academy’s Zoe Sims won individual cross country titles and in the process led the Honokaa boys and HPA girls to team titles during the Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross country championships held Saturday at Kamehameha.

For Moniz and Sims it was the first time either had crossed the finished line in first place during a season of parity and unpredictability.

Sims credited her win to flying fruit, saying that images of being a plantain traveling through the air at 70 miles per hour made the difference during the race.

“I kept thinking of a poem our coach, Michael Franklin, read to the team called Problems with Hurricanes, as I kept seeing all these flying fruit during the race and I was a plantain,” Sims said.

With Sims victory the BIIF had seen six different girls win a meet in six weeks, with four of those girls wearing the red and white Ka Makani uniform.

talking about flying fruit

“I had fun today running with my teammates in the lead pack,” Sims said.  “We talked to each other and encouraged each other.”

Sims ran with teammates and previous BIIF winners, Kristiana Van Pernis and Mariah Haight as the threesome led from start to finish, while exchanging words.

Waiakea’s Kelsie Kobayashi and Hilo’s Carmen Garson-Shumway tried their best to stay with the leaders, but in the end finished in fourth and fifth respectively.

“I’m really excited about winning this race and I don’t want the season to end,” Sims said.

“Whenever Zoe would say something to me during the race, I answered her back,” runner up Van Pernis said.  “Zoe would say plantain and I’d say coconut.  The idea was to focus on other things and take the pressure off running.” 

“We always try to read poems to them before each race and we’d expect them to take that into the race,” Franklin said of his unusual race tactic.

Ka Makani girls dominated the team competition, as they’ve done all season long, capturing their fourth consecutive league title and their 34th league crown in the last 38 season.

“I guess now the secret to our success is out,” Franklin said with a wide grin.  “The ability to have six different winners in six weeks is a complement to the credit of the running programs on the Big Island”

HPA legend, Stan Shutes

Franklin also gave credit to HPA’s rich tradition of winning cross country titles to his predecessor, Stan Shutes.

“I walked into this program and I’m just glad that I can continue it during the years that I’ve been here, but Stan, who passed away this year, deserves much of the credit,” Franklin said.

Franklin’s assistant coach, Sarah Hayslip, English teacher at HPA, has implemented the reading of poems along with Franklin during the regular Monday team meeting.

“Our girls are made stronger by the level of talent here on the Big Island,” Franklin said.  “Girls like Kelsie and Carmen push our girls to be better and we are appreciative of the caliber of running they bring each week.”

Waiakea’s Kobayashi, a senior, was very pleased with her fourth place finish saying that she ran her best.

“I am blessed for having a supportive team, coaches and competitors,” Kobayashi said.  “I am also grateful to have had my parents at every race during my four years of running.”

Ka Makani harriers won the varsity 3 mile team scoring with 24 points followed by Hilo with 82.

In the boys race it was a health Chayce Moniz showing what he is capable of doing when healthy.

Moniz had been out early in the season with an illness, according to Honokaa Athletic Director Keith Tolentino.

“The boys team (Honokaa) had either illness or injuries throughout the season and we only got to see them running together in the last two meets,” Tolentino said.  “Our coaches, Josh Abner and Johnny Anderson, work really hard with the kids and they really push them.  Bottom line is whoever steps up during the last meet is what matters and these kids peaked at the right time.”

The Honokaa coaches and team declined to be interviewed after winning their fifth consecutive team title.

“I’m sorry, but my team and I have no comment and we don’t want to be interviewed until after states,” Moniz said.

Moniz victory was the only one of the season and Waiakea’s Jackson Halford who had won most of the meets during the season having high praise of his competitor.


“I ran my hardest and Chayce earned the win,” Halford said.  “I just tried pacing off him during the race as I didn’t expect him to be in the lead and he took me by surprise.”

Moniz and teammate Tony Conners took the early lead with a pack of four runners, in Halford, St Joseph’s Andrew Langtry, Kamehameha’s Shawn Correa Doll, Makua Lani’s Brandt Mabuni and Parkers Paul Gregg in hot pursuit.

“I never expected Chayce to hold the lead for the entire three miles,” Halford said.  “I was expecting him to die out at the end, but he didn’t.”

Honokaa beat out Waiakea in team scoring, 50 to 65, with a philosophical Waiakea coach Jordan Rosado.

“I’m happy with our second place finish,” Rosado said.  “It is better than coming in third.”

The top two boys and girls teams, HPA and Hilo, along with Honokaa and Waiakea, won the automatic berth to the HHSAA championships along with the top 38 boys and 37 girls to the state championship coming up on Saturday on the island of Maui.

October 23, 2011 Posted by | High School Runners | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Long time Hawaii Prep coach, Stan Shutes, Succumbs to Cancer

Stan Shutes

STAN SHUTES passes on Friday night

Long time Hawaii Preparatory cross country and track & field coach Stan Shutes lost his battle with cancer and passed Friday night, according to Ka Makani Athletic Director Stephen Perry.

Shutes was in Stage IV melanoma and under HOSPICE care at his home in Waimea when he died.

While at HPA Shutes cross country and track teams won 36 Big Island Interscholastic Federation titles and two state titles.

Six times his teams were the state runner up and in 1983 his boys cross country team won the state championship and in 1995 his girls track team won the state crown.  The ’83 state title was HPA’s first ever state championship in any sport.

Shutes was 70 years old and was married to Sharon for 46 years. The couple has two children, Andrew and Christina, and five grandchildren.

Related Link:  https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/09/03/hpas-stan-shutes-an-end-of-an-era-in-biif-cross-country-and-track/



September 10, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , | Leave a comment

HPA’s Stan Shutes, an end of an Era in BIIF cross country and track

Stan Shutes
One thing that we all have in common, no matter rich or poor, in good health or bad, is that everyone will eventually die.
“Life is never predictable and dealing with the difficult times takes emotional strength and courage to nurture and expand relationships,” Stan Shutes said.
Shutes believes that he is in perfect health, despite having Stage IV melanoma.
Shutes was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 1979 when he learned for the first time that he had a serious illness as compared to the few basal cell skin cancers he had removed in the past.
“The diagnosis made certain things more important to me,” Shutes said. “Classes I taught became more important as did the kids I taught and many alumni. Relationships became paramount to me.”
Prior to teaching and coaching at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Shutes served in the U.S. Army for 5 1/2 years as an Army Ranger. His illustrious career as a teacher and coach at HPA is just one of the benchmarks of this outstanding individual who has dedicated the last 34 years to helping youth develop into productive citizens.  
“At age six I liked to attend the local high school football games with my father, who was in the U.S. Army Air Corps, no matter what town his base was near,” Shutes said. “Those are my earliest memories of sports.”
Shutes learned early on about physical fitness when he found himself the only child left in the school yard.
“School ended early one day and my dad hadn’t gotten the word to pick me up at a different time, so I started to walk home,” he said. “My dad finally found me a half-mile from our house after I’d walked four and a half miles by myself.”
Shutes claims that he can still remember walking home at age 5.
“It was quite an adventure,” he said.
Growing up in the South San Francisco area, Shutes’ education came in the San Mateo School District where he participated in basketball and track.
“In the 50’s there weren’t a lot of sports offered,” he said. “I was not big enough for football and couldn’t hit a curve ball.”
Shutes won a competitive congressional appointment to West Point. While there, he represented his cadet company in boxing, water polo, golf, tennis and softball.
“I wasn’t good enough to make the varsity basketball team,” Shutes said. “My first year at West Point the football team was undefeated and ranked third in the nation, led by senior Pete Dawkins, the Heisman trophy winner and one of the  seven seniors who were named Rhodes Scholars that year.”
During his four years at West Point, then President Dwight Eisenhower twice visited and addressed the 2,500 members of the Corps of Cadets.  
General Douglas MacArthur, at age 84, gave his famous “Duty, Honor, Country” speech in the dining hall, just three weeks before Shutes’ graduation.
“I was exposed to men who were larger than life and who impressed me greatly,” Shutes said. “John F. Kennedy gave our graduation address.”
Shutes went on to complete Ranger Training at Fort Benning, Georgia and those that graduated, including Shutes, went on to U.S. Army parachute school.
After serving in combat missions in Vietnam, he and his wife, Sharon, were married in Honolulu in 1965.

It was during a rest and recreation visit from Vietnam to Hawaii that Sharon and Stan realized that this was where they’d like to return to live.

In 1968, Shutes completed his active duty obligations and returned to San Francisco to attend graduate school.
“I earned my M.A. in Southeast Asian History and under the advice of a friend who had attended Punahou School, I applied to HPA and was hired by its longtime Headmaster, James M. Taylor,” Shutes said.
When Shutes came to HPA in 1969 all teachers were required to coach three sports and he was assigned to the to the football, basketball and track programs.

The following year Hawaii Prep lowered the coaching requirement to two sports. The school also became co-educational and he was assigned to boys cross country and track.
“Learning to be a good coach was easier in cross country because it was only one event,” he said. “Track consisted of 16 events and it was necessary to be knowledgeable in all 16.”

Shutes became an outstanding coach, winning 36 league titles, and two state titles: boys cross country in 1983 and girls’ track in ’95. Six times his teams were the state runner up. The ’83 win was HPA’s first state championship in any sport.
Now, 70 years of age and married to Sharon for 46 years, the couple’s two children, Andrew and Christina, have given them five grandchildren.

In 2005, Shutes’ disease metastasized and he has received treatment and participated in trials, for the most part, through The Angeles Clinic in Los Angeles.
“I have been fortunate to receive several of the melanoma drugs that have received attention in the media recently,” Shutes said.
Despite his disease, Shutes has remained engaged in life as he golf’s twice a week with his friends, even if it means riding in a cart and putting a few greens.

“Stan told me that he did not want his disease to control our lives,” Sharon said. “He has made sure this did not happen. His sense of humor has never left him and it has allowed us to have frank discussions about what some might find uncomfortable topics.”

For Stan Shutes, his one major disappointment in all of this has been that he may not be able to fulfill one special role.
“My role as grandparent to my five grandchildren may not be fulfilled,” he said. “I always wanted that important role to include skipping rocks with them in the ocean, feeding them ice cream for breakfast, and searching for four leaf clovers together.”

Shutes is currently under hospice care at his Waimea home. But no matter what happens in the short-term future, his decades of teaching and working with others, young and old, plus his lifelong experiences and love for family, only underlines how much he has meant to those individuals and teams he has shared time with.

Related link: Stan passed on 9/9/11 https://waynejoseph.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/long-time-hawaii-prep-coach-stan-shutes-succumbs-to-cancer/


September 3, 2011 Posted by | Profiles | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 9 Comments