Sports Briefs: Volleyball girls lose to Hana in MIL semifinals; MIL Cross Country Championship tomorrow; Football team wins two
A third set rally could not bring Molokai back from the brink of defeat as the lady Farmers’ volleyball season ended against Hana last night at Lahainaluna Gym in the Maui Interscholastic League Division II championships.
The last time the two teams met, Hana suffered its only regular season defeat at The Barn Sept. 28. Hana made up for the loss with solid team play that kept Molokai off-balance all night. The Dragons won in straight sets 25-18, 25-21 and 25-19.
Down 18-7 in the third set, Molokai showed its ability to come back. The Farmers got within 23-19 but two kills by Hana’s Brandy Lecker-Tolentino finished the hour-long match.
On Wednesday, Molokai swept Maui Prep in the MIL tournament quarterfinals 25-12, 25-12, 25-14. The win came after Molokai had thrashed Maui Prep last Saturday on Maui 25-5, 25-5 and 25-13 to finish the regular season with a 7-3 record. Last Friday Molokai was swept by Seabury Hall, the team that will play Hana tomorrow at 5 p.m. to determine the MIL Tournament champion.
MIL Cross Country Championship at Ironwoods Golf Course
For the first time ever, Molokai High School will host the MIL Cross Country Championships at Ironwoods Golf Course. An estimated field of more than 150 runners representing 12 schools from Lanai, Molokai and Maui will take on the three-mile course at the golf course in Kalae. The race begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Football team beats St. Anthony, Hana
In a span of one week, the Molokai High football team earned two convincing wins on Maui, setting up the final showdown against Seabury next week for the MIL title.
The Farmers visited War Memorial Stadium Oct. 10 and trounced St. Anthony 57-0.
The following Thursday, Oct. 17, the football team traveled to Hana for a rematch. Molokai had shut out the Dragons 42-0 when they visited Molokai for the season opener. The home field advantage for Hana made yesterday’s game closer the first meeting. Molokai still came out on top, 36-21.
Seabury comes to Molokai next Saturday, Oct. 26, at 11 a.m. for the season finale. Molokai lost its only game of the season to Seabury 42-15 on Maui Sept. 26. If Molokai wins, a final tiebreaking game will determine the MIL champion on Thursday, Oct. 31 at War Memorial Stadium at 6:30 p.m.