The spring sports athletes for Molokai High School had their first competition at home last weekend with the Farmers’ tennis and golf teams playing host to Maui Prep and Kamehameha Schools-Maui.
Last year, the boys tennis team won its first-ever Maui Interscholastic League title with a 7-1 season record. The team is continuing its winning ways having jumped out to a 3-1 record so far this year.
Pono Chow was a big part of the MIL-championship boys team last year. On Friday, however, the match with Maui Prep was suspended by rain with Chow retiring in No. 1 singles after going down 4-0.
Once tennis resumed on Saturday, the Molokai boys swept the remaining matches against Maui Prep. In No. 2 singles, Ka’i Decosta defeated Ethan Frank 6-1, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, Paul Parker defeated Evan Fredriksen 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, the No. 1 team of Keoki Kaulia and Caulen Anglesea defeated Devon Bluh and Jonathan Jerome 6-0, 6-0. The No. 2 doubles team of Kaiea Dowling and Decker Bicoy defeated Daniel Ornelas and Richard Sargent 6-1, 6-2.
In the next matches played against Maui Prep, the Molokai boys won again 4-1. Decosta moved up to No. 1 singles and defeated McMurray 6-4, 6-2. At No. 2 singles, Parker defeated Frank 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and Conan Kawano of Molokai defeated Evan Fredriksen 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. In No. 1 doubles, the Molokai pair of Micah Matson and Keoki Kaulia defeated Devon Bluh and Jonathan Jerome, 6-0, 6-0. Molokai’s only loss came at No. 2 doubles where Ornelas and Sargent topped Alan Maroto and Gavin Sanchez-Aea, 6-2, 6-1.
The Molokai girls tennis team did not fair as well against Maui Prep. Na Pueo won the first girls match 5-0 and the second by default, improving their record to 3-2. Molokai fell to 0-4.
Seabury Hall’s golf team visited Molokai on March 1 to play at Ironwood Hills Golf Course. The Molokai boys tied their first match with Seabury at 200 and lost their second match 192-204. William Dela Cruz shot a 43 for the Farmers in the second match. Kane Vendiola shot a 54, Damien Garces a 54 and Kaohele Kaiama a 56.
Last Saturday, the boys golf team came up short to Kamehameha Maui 194-208 and 198-207 at Ironwood.
The boys volleyball team played three matches in three days last week on Maui. Although they came home with three defeats, the team played hard against Division I competition.
The first match was last Thursday at Baldwin High School. The boys lost in straight sets to the defending MIL Division I champions, 25-16, 25-12, 25-18.
The next day, the boys were able to take a set against Lahainaluna but still came up short 26-24, 23-25, 22-25 and 16-25.
In the final match of the long weekend, the Farmer boys took Kamehameha Maui to five sets but still lost, 25-10, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23 and 11-15. This is an improving team that will certainly win some matches once they start playing MIL Division II competition.
MIL basketball all-stars
The MIL boys basketball all-star team has been announced by The Maui News. Molokai senior David Rapanot earned first team honors. Kaimana Kahale made the honorable mention list for the MIL.
The ScoringLive All-Hawaii Girls Basketball Team for Division II was also announced last week. Molokai’s Hepuakea Faleali’i and Titah English made the honorable mention list.