By Hokulani Haliniak, Molokai High School Athletic Director
Molokai High Athletics has kicked off with a bang with representation at the HHSAA state tournaments with: Akona Adolpho representing Molokai and the MIL at the cross country state tournament; coming in 44th out of 158 male runners; air riflery with Mariah Kalipi shooting a 476 to place 30th out of 42 and Trevor Takata hitting 500 while placing 20th out of 42, beating the MIL Champion from St. Anthony’s.
We also had swimming representation with our freestyle relay boys teams (Conan Kawano, Michaiah Soares, Michael Kikukawa and Akona Adolpho). The team went in 19th and finished 17th shaving three seconds off their time. The last swimming representation was 2002, according to Lloyd Yonemura.
Then there was the girls basketball MIL 2013 champions. With the return of Coach Lee DeRouin, the team was ranked fifth going into the state tournament, but learned quickly that they have to work harder to compete at the HHSAA level. Shainah Mollena-Lopez and Lehiwa Pedro represented Molokai in the Mufi Hanneman Jamboree, which is the beginning for future girls of Molokai basketball.
Can’t stop yet, there was wrestling which we had 12 athletes represent Molokai in Oahu. Our girls team for the first time placed fifth overall and finishing with two wrestlers in sixth place, one in fifth, two in third and one second. What a wonderful showing for Molokai!
We are not finished yet, we still have spring sports which includes softball, baseball, track, boys volleyball and the return of boys and girls golf.
As the new athletic director I am honored to be part of Molokai and our athletic programs. I am very fortunate to be able to travel with our teams during their regular and state representation, experiencing firsthand what the coaches and athletes experience.
A few coaches run up to Lahainaluna instead of catching the taxi to save $10 for our athletic program, other coaches catch rides, a few coaches catch the taxi, but the coaches look for ways to save our athletic budget. The coaches sleep with their athletes in the gym while praying our buses on Maui don’t break down (and they break down all the time). The coaches and players are resilient and the example of the coaches and athletes brings much appreciation for the words “THE LOVE OF THE GAME.”
Our spring sports is beginning. Below are contacts for our coaches:
Baseball – Mike Mccutcheon 658-5337; Softball – Colette Augustiro 336-1181; Tennis – Dean Chow 646-0510; Track – Jess Ford 281-5997; Golf – Dary Rego 336-0847; Boys Volleyball – 386-7186.
Molokai High School has coaching positions open for girls volleyball, eight-man football, girls cross country, boys cross country, boys air riflery, girls air riflery, boys basketball, girls basketball, boys and girls swimming, girls paddling, boys paddling, boys wrestling, girls wrestling, baseball, softball, boys tennis, girls tennis, boys golf, girls golf, and track & field.
Requirements: National Federation High School Fundamentals in Coaching certification, current First-aid/CPR certification and current concussion certification.
For more information, contact the Athletic Department at 567-6959 or email email@example.com.