Sports Briefs: Boys volleyball season opens; Basketball honors; Local swimmer just misses NCAA men’s championship
King Kekaulike High School edged out the Molokai boys volleyball team in four sets in the opening of the Maui Interscholastic League Division II season on Thursday.
Playing in Pukalani, the Farmers won the first set 25-22 but then dropped the next three sets 25-22, 25-20 and 25-16.
Five local players named to first team
For leading the Farmers to an undefeated regular season, Kalei Adolpho was named The Maui News 2010-11 MIL Division II girls basketball players of the year. Adolpho averaged 25 points per game as the Farmers captured the MIL title.
Kyli Joe Mawae and Kalei Vaivai were also named to the Division II first team. The girls’ coach Doug Furlong was named D-II coach of the year.
For the boys, Ryan Rapanot and Kamakana Duvauchelle-Andrade were named to the D-II first team as they helped the team to second place in the MIL. First-year Molokai coach Lester Delos Reyes is the MIL D-II coach of the year.
Reyes barely misses national championship meet
The University of Hawaii will send two swimmers to the NCAA men’s championship meet this week in Minneapolis for the first time in four years. Unfortunately, Molokai’s Ilia Reyes missed qualifying for the national meet by six one-hundredths of a second.
At 11 years-old, Reyes, from Kaunakakai, moved to Oahu and attended Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama in order to train as a competitive swimmer. Last summer he qualified for the Olympic Trials. Now a senior, Reyes is captain of the Warriors swim team and is responsible for teaching the men’s team chants, including the haka, that they use for inspiration.