The Year in Review
JAN. 5-Ryan Woods wins the Hyundai Hope on Wheels 5K in Kaanapali in 16 minutes, 44 seconds.
JAN. 8-Dustin Johnson wins the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, finishing with a 54-hole total of 16-under-par 203 after closing with a 69 at the Kapalua Plantation Course. The win is Johnson’s third straight in a three-round event – the start of the tournament was delayed three days by inclement weather, resulting in the PGA Tour’s first Tuesday finish since 2006. Defending champion Steve Stricker (69) finishes second at 12 under.
JAN. 11-Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman is named the Gatorade Hawaii 2012-13 Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, winning the award for a third consecutive time after claiming a third straight state championship as a junior 2 1/2 months earlier.
JAN. 13-Nalu Wallace claims the men’s pro-am title in the Hookipa Surf Classic in Memory of Justin Roberson, and Kulia Doherty wins the open women’s division. The other champions are Chaz Kinoshita (15-17 boys), Ben Bland (senior men), Cody Young (15 and under boys), Summer Macedo (15 and under girls), Eli Hanneman (8-10) and Eric Roberson (7 and under).
JAN. 15-Sale Sproat of Molokai is announced as one of 28 participants for “The Ultimate Fighter,” a mixed martial arts reality show conducted by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
JAN. 17-St. Anthony High School graduate Shane Victorino, an outfielder for the Boston Red Sox, is named to the provisional U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic.
JAN. 20-Evan Fox of Kula wins the Maui Oceanfront Marathon in his debut at the distance, covering the course from Wailea to Lahaina in 2 hours, 52 minutes, 47 seconds. Jill Steele from Washington state is the top female finisher, with a time of 3:27:07. Granger Larsen wins the open men’s title in the Honolua Legends of the Bay surf competition, and Lani Doherty is the open women’s champion. Matt Kinoshita takes the legends crown, and the other winners are Kona Wolfson (open longboard), Kahekili Labatte (open bodyboard), Imai Devault (boys under 16), Aloha Lopez (girls under 14), Rodrigo Banderra (boys under 14) and Eli Hanneman (boys under 12).
JAN. 25-Lahainaluna wins a ninth consecutive Maui Interscholastic League girls basketball championship and completes a sixth straight unbeaten MIL season by defeating Maui High 57-37 at the Sabers’ gym in the league tournament final. The Lunas’ 87th straight MIL win extends their all-sport record.
JAN. 26-The Seabury Hall girls and Kamehameha Maui boys crews each take first place in the fifth and final regatta of the MIL schedule at Kahului Harbor, completing undefeated regular seasons. Sam Cyr, a King Kekaulike graduate, earns a card on the Asian Tour after finishing in a tie for 11th in the final stage of the qualifying tournament at Springfield Royal Country Club in Hua Hin, Thailand.
JAN 27-Go Soeda defeats Mischa Zverev 7-5, 7-5 in the title match of the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit Maui Challenger. In the doubles final, Hsin-Han Lee and Hsien-Yin Peng beat Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren 6-7, 6-2, 10-5.
FEB. 1-Seabury Hall becomes the first school from outside the Interscholastic League of Honolulu to win a girls state canoe paddling title, taking first place at Keehi Lagoon with a time of 4 minutes, 24.37 seconds in the final. The team comprises Kamaile Lee, Bela Hamilton, Lexi Smith, Mikaela McDaniel, Hiilei Aiwohi-Kolt, Kaile Aina Sutherland and Kaulu Luuwai, with alternates Joy Balinbin, Mapuana Andrade and Ashley Quenga.
FEB. 3-Kanekoa Texeira of Kula signs a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, rejoining the franchise he was with as a minor leaguer in 2012.
FEB. 8-The King Kekaulike boys basketball team completes an undefeated Maui Interscholastic League season, finishing 14-0 with a 58-46 win over Baldwin at the Lahaina Civic Center in the Division I tournament final. Kyle Sanches is named the football coach at King Kekaulike after serving as Na Alii’s defensive coordinator the previous season.
FEB. 9-The Maui Owie Rollers roller-derby team makes its debut, losing 189-118 to the Big island’s Waimea Wranglers at the Kalama Park Rink.
FEB. 16-Renny Richmond of Seabury Hall claims a fourth state title in the 100-yard butterfly at Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Complex in Honolulu, giving him six individual championships altogether to match the record for MIL boys swimmers already shared by Baldwin’s Cheyne Bloch and Lahainaluna’s Jake Pope.
FEB. 23-The Lahainaluna wrestling teams extend their streak of MIL championships by taking the titles at the Maui High gym. The Lunas’ boys crown is their eighth in a row, and the girls team takes its fourth consecutive title.
MARCH 2-Three wrestlers from Lahainaluna High School complete undefeated runs to state championships by winning title matches at Blaisdell Arena. Bubba Jaramillo wins the boys 140 title to finish a 38-0 season, Carly Jaramillo is the girls 135 champion, capping a 23-0 campaign, and Lalelei Mataafa takes the girls 220 crown, finishing 14-0.
MARCH 3-Lahaina defeats Wailuku 34-20 in the Menehune Basketball League girls championship game at War Memorial Gym. In the boys final, Wailuku defeated Kihei 43-38. The Warrior Elite All-Stars of Maui take first place in the youth level 1 (ages 8-12) and junior level 2 (9-14) divisions at the Contest of Champions cheer event in Orlando, Fla.
MARCH 9-Iao School 8th-grader Nawai Kaupe sets the softball throw record in the Kiwanis Club of Maui/County of Maui Meet at Yamamoto Track & Field Facility with a distance of 242 feet, 10 inches. Liz Cabe of Lahaina sets World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters open and master 97-pound world records by deadlifting 331.6 pounds at the association’s California State Championships.
MARCH 13-Free-agent linebacker Kaluka Maiava signs a three-year, $6 million contract with the Oakland Raiders after spending his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
MARCH 14-King Kekaulike’s Adam Howden pitches an eight-inning no-hitter as Na Alii defeat Maui High 1-0 at Maehara Stadium in both teams’ Maui Interscholastic League opener.
MARCH 16-Champions are crowned in 10 divisions in the Ian Walsh Menehune Mayhem surf contest at Hookipa Beach Park. The boys winners are Roran Mullen (7 and under), Ty Simpson-Kane (8-9), Ocean Macedo (10-11), Tristan Aiwoni (12-13), Imai DeVault (14-15) and Justice Patao (16-17). The girls champions are Kaylani Mullen (9 and under), Lehiwa DeVault (10-11), Summer Macedo (12-14) and Sierra Lerback (15-17).
MARCH 21-Noah Apolo pitches a five-inning no-hitter for Baldwin in an 11-1, five-inning victory over Lahainaluna at Maehara Stadium.
MARCH 23-Colin Laughery wins the Valley to the Sea half-marathon, covering the course from Iao Valley to Kihei in 1 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds. Jennifer Tom is the top female finisher, in 1:28:20. In the 10-kilometer race, the male winner is Thomas Wolf in 43:37, and the female winner is Becca Johnston in 49:31. The 5K winners are Tyler Jones (18:53) and Katie Lowney (22:06).
MARCH 24-Dusty Payne of Lahaina earns his first Association of Surfing Professionals victory, taking the title at the prime-rated Drug Aware Margaret River Pro in Australia. Maui United 2001 defeats Pono Soccer Club 2001 2-1 in the Spring Break Soccer Bash girls under-12 championship game at Keopuolani Park. The other champions, determined by points, are the Excel 99 boys (under-18), Maui Cobras 2004 (under-10 girls), Excel 2003 (under-10 boys) and Pono 2005 girls (under-8).
MARCH 26-The Baldwin High School girls golf team wins a 50th consecutive match and clinches a seventh straight Maui Interscholastic League championship by beating Seabury Hall 123-165 at The Dunes at Maui Lani.
MARCH 27-Grace Na of Pepperdine wins the Anuenue Spring Break Classic, carding a 4-under-par 68 at the Kapalua Bay Course for a 10-under total of 206, five shots better than the runner-up, Denver’s Tonje Daffinrud.
APRIL 6-Desiree Ting wins the Jim Sanders Maui Women’s Golf Championship, shooting a 71 at Maui Country Club. Bobbi Kokx (73) is the runner-up.
APRIL 9-Cody Nakamura is named the football coach at Kamehameha Schools Maui, taking over for Kevin O’Brien, who stepped down after the 2012 season.
APRIL 13-Kai Chong wins the men’s iron OC1 title in Maui Canoe and Kayak Club’s Maui to Molokai race, paddling from DT Fleming Beach to Kaunakakai Pier in 3 hours, 38 minutes, 20 seconds, and Heather Nalaku Kalei (4:51:09) is the top female finisher. In the iron OC2 race, Calvin Chow and Linda Warren win the coed title in in 4:05:17, Nicki Lacey-Enos and Cheryl Villegas win the women’s race in 4:35:48 and Mike Eilers and Wilson Angel are the top men’s finishers in 5:18:11. The other iron winners are Ron St. John (6:18:44 in stand-up), Zsolt Svadovski (3:29:49 in men’s surfski), Anna Mathisan (4:18:22 in women’s surfski) and Vance Hashimoto (5:00:41 in iron V1). In the relay division, the OC1 winners are Mael Carrey and Quinn Whitford (men, in 3:46:02), Dane Ward and Lauren Spalding (women, in 4:22:36) and Indar Lange and Lindsey Shank (coed, in 4:01:31), and the OC2 champions are Afa Tualo, Ricky Balidoy, Chuck Santiago and Dane Enos (men, in 3:54:26), Denise Darval-Chang, Hoku Keala, Pauahi Ioane and Shien-Lu Stokesbary (women, in 3:58:18) and Alisa Prendergast, Angela Rey, Paul Streiter and Phil Prendergast (coed, in 4:14:17).
APRIL 15-The Baldwin softball team scores two runs in the top of the ninth inning and beats Lahainaluna 10-9 at the Lunas’ field to win in the completion of a game that had been suspended by darkness four days earlier and clinch a berth in the state tournament.
APRIL 20-Lahainaluna wins the Maui Interscholastic Surf Championship, scoring 196 points in the competition at Hookipa Beach Park to defeat runner-up Baldwin by nine. Lahainaluna’s individual champions are Nainoa Steward (boys bodyboard), Kaimana Kinimaka (boys longboard) and Sierra Lerback (girls longboard). Baldwin’s Maile Anderson (girls bodyboard) and Kulia Doherty (girls shortboard) also take titles, along with Kihei Charter’s Kain Daly (boys shortboard).
APRIL 21-Kula’s Lauren Spalding wins the Steinlager Kaiwi Channel OC1 World Championship women’s title for the eighth time, paddling from Kaluakoi, Molokai, to Hawaii Kai, Oahu, in 5 hours, 30 minutes, 6 seconds. Danny Ching is the men’s winner in 4:58:03.
APRIL 26-The Molokai High School baseball team finishes an 8-0 season in Maui Interscholastic League play, scoring five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 win over Seabury Hall in the league’s Division II tournament final at Maehara Stadium.
APRIL 27-The Baldwin High School boys track and field team wins its eighth consecutive MIL championship, helped by a meet-record time of 43.10 seconds in the 400-meter relay at Yamamoto Track & Field Facility. Dakota Grossman’s victories in the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 are part of Seabury Hall’s second girls team title in three years.
APRIL 28-Baldwin High School graduate John Lotulelei agrees to terms with the Seattle Seahawks after the linebacker out of Nevada-Las Vegas is not selected in the NFL draft.
MAY 1-Mariel Galdiano wins the David S. Ishii Foundation Girls Golf State Championship, closing with a 2-under-par 69 at the Royal Kaanapali Course for a 5-under total of 137, to help Punahou claim the team title. Galdiano finishes seven shots in front of Waiakea’s Ciera Min (72). Punahou’s even-par 213 in the second round leaves the Buffanblu at 9-over 435. Waiakaea (233) is second at 472.
MAY 3-Nanakuli High School defeats St. Francis 5-4 in the DataHouse Division II State Softball Championship final at Patsy Mink Field. The Golden Hawks’ Chyanne Koko is named the tournament’s most outstanding player.
MAY 8-Punahou completes a sweep of the state golf titles, with Kalena Preus taking the boys individual crown at the Royal Kaanapali Course, and the Buffanblu claiming the team championship as well. Preus’ 4-under 67 gives him a 6-under total of 136, good for a two-stroke victory over Moanalua’s John Oda (72). Punahou cards a 2-under 282 as a team in the final round, finishing at 7-under 561 – 19 shots better than Moanalua (288).
MAY 10-Amber Kozaki of Baldwin sets an Island Movers State Track and Field Championships record by clearing 13 feet to win the girls pole vault title at Mililani’s John Kauinana Stadium on Oahu.
MAY 11-Baldwin repeats as the boys track and field state team champion, finishing with 66.25 points – a quarter-point in front of Punahou. The Seabury Hall girls place second with 68 points – Punahou wins with 69. Baldwin’s Keelan Ewaliko wins the boys 100 and 200 meters, and runs on the first-place 400 relay team, along with Dylan Leigh, Gerard Nakamura and Aaron Marzon. The Bears’ Abraham Reinhardt wins the 110 hurdles and Tyler Feiteira wins the 300 hurdles. King Kekaulike has two individual champions – Jake Jacobs in the 400 and Jansen Agapay in the long jump – on the way to a third-place team finish. Seabury’s Dakota Grossman wins the girls 3,000, giving her seven state gold medals, which ties the Maui Interscholastic League record set by Tia Ferguson at Seabury in the 1990s. Christina Lotulelei of Maui High wins the discus. The Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championship final scheduled for Maehara Stadium is postponed due to rain. The game is played three days later at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, with Mid-Pacific defeating Mililani 3-1. Central Maui wins the Hawaii USA State Wrestling Tournament at the Lahaina Civic Center , and the Lahaina Roughnecks place second. A tournament-record 618 wrestlers compete in the event, representing 27 clubs. Andrea Moller remains the only winner of the Olukai Hoolaulaea Downwind Run, taking the women’s title for a fifth time by covering the 8-mile course from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach in 1 hour 2 minutes, 15 seconds. Connor Baxter repeats as the male winner in 50:04.
MAY 12-Washington State freshman Kristine Felix, a Baldwin graduate, claims the Pac-12 women’s pole vault title in the conference championship meet in Los Angeles, clearing 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches. Kai Bartlett wins the Olukai Hoolaulaea OC-1 race, completing the course from Maliko Gulch to Kanaha Beach in 48 minutes, 5 seconds. Lauren Spalding (52:50) is the top female finisher.
MAY 19-Keelan Ewaliko of Baldwin High School and Renny Richmond of Seabury Hall are announced as part of the 12-member Hawaii High School Athletic Association Hall of Honor class of 2013. Ewaliko is selected after being named Maui Interscholastic League Offensive Player of the Year in football three times, winning five gold medals in track and field and receiving MIL All-Star recognition in soccer. Richmond finished his high school career with six state swimming championships – tied for the most in MIL history for any boys athlete – and owning the state-meet record in the 100-yard butterfly. The Wailea 4.5 Women win the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section 40-and-over championships at Royal Lahaina Tennis Ranch and the Kapalua Tennis Garden. The other champions are from Oahu – Live To Play (3.0 women), Happy Hour! Double Shots! (3.5 women), Women at Kaneohe (4.0 women), the Oahu 3.0 men, Penn Men 4T (3.5), WRSsssssss (4.0 men) and the Oahu 4.5 men. At Central Oahu Regional Park, Royal Lahaina Tennis Club wins the 14-and-under 3.0 title.
MAY 26-Hawaii Swim Club wins the Coach Soichi Sakamoto Memorial Invitational at Kihei Aquatic Center with 1,452 points – 543.5 more than the runner-up, Lahaina Swim Club. The top individual scorers are Island Aquatics’ Rylie Lopez (10 and under girls) and Caleb Lopez (13-14 boys), Lahaina’s Jaden Yip (10 and under boys) and Sarah Armstrong (15-16 girls), Hawaii Swim Club’s Rebecca Buenrostro Gallimore (11-12 girls), Kysha Altura (13-14 girls) and Paris James (female open), Manoa’s Dong Hyeon Hwang (11-12 boys) and Maui Swim Club’s Troy Kojenlang (15-16 boys) and Jonah Hu (open male).
MAY 27-Zora Vlckova goes 3-0 in round-robin play to win the Wailea Open female singles open-division title at the Wailea Tennis Center. In the top contested male division, Joey Baldwin defeats Curt deCrinis 6-2, 6-0 in the 4.5 final. The top-division doubles winners are Rick Kepler and Quinn Saine (male open), Chan Ly and Julia Weisel (mixed open) and Keiko Ichimaru and Janet King (female 4.5).
MAY 28-Na Koa Ikaika Maui open their fourth season by defeating the Ishikawa Million Stars 9-2 at Maehara Stadium.
MAY 31-Steve Colflesh retires after 30 years as Seabury Hall’s athletic director.
JUNE 1-Kahana Canoe Club paddler Alan Akana dies during a race at the Keiki O Maui Regatta, the first event of the Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association season, at Hanakao’o (Canoe) Beach Park. The Maui Rugby Warriors rally from a 14-point halftime deficit to defeat the Waikiki Beach Boys 28-26 in the under-13 championship game of the Aloha Youth Sevens Tournament at Aloha Stadium, and Maui’s under-10 coed rookie team claims a plate championship. Kanoa Awai-Dickson wins the all-around cowboy title in the Hawaii High School Rodeo State Championship at Parker Ranch on the Big Island. Awai-Dickson also finishes first in steer wrestling, wins the tandem roping title with Maui teammate Kaena Poouahi and is named the state’s top rookie. Poouahi receives the “Hawaii’s Own” all-around cowboy honor, and is the po’o wai u champion, Liloa Akoi takes the girls goat-tying title, and Lauren Egger receives the sportsmanship award.
JUNE 2-Summer Macedo wins the open women and under-14 girls titles in the Hawaii Surfing Association-sanctioned Hurley At The Harbor in Lahaina. The other champions are Chaz Kinoshita (open men), Kailer Jones (open longboard), Kahekili Labatte (open bodyboard), Cody Young (under-16 boys), Eli Hanneman (under-14 boys), Jackson Bunch (under-12 boys) and Keanu Taylor (under-10 boys).
JUNE 3-T.J. Kua of Oahu and Shawn McCauley of Kauai win the Aloha PGA Kaanapali Pro-Pro Championship, defeating the Maui team of David Braxton and Kyle Hayashi on the fourth hole of a playoff at the Kaanapali Royal Course.
JUNE 8-Baldwin High School graduate Akoni Arriaga and Maui High graduate Mark Karaviotis are selected in the Major League Baseball draft. Arriaga is picked by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 35th round, 1,045th overall, and Karaviotis is taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 39th round, 1,170th overall. Both players opted not to sign. Summer Macedo earns her third surf title in a week when she claims the girls shortboard division at the 20th annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu (Gathering of the Surf Kids) at Launiupoko Park. Her brother Ocean Macedo wins the 10-12 longboard title. The other shortboard champions are Amadeo Quillayen (6 and under), Ty Simpson-Kane (7-8), TyTy Kirby (9-10) and Payce Duryea (11-12). The bodyboard winners are Kyle Kelmenson (9 and under) and Ramon Rode (10-12). Luc Guidroz takes the 9-and-under longboard title. Two members of West Maui Powerlifters, Llumel Magana and Vijay Maulit, produce record-setting performances at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters’ National Push-Pull Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Phoenix. Magana, competing as an Arizona resident, deadlifts 529 pounds and benches 418, both state records in the 18-19 teen division’s 181-pound weight class. Maulit breaks the Hawaii state record in the 18-19 division’s 242-pound class with a bench press of 424 pounds, and wins the deadlift competition with a lift of 457 pounds.
JUNE 15-Michael Kikukawa of Molokai High School receives a $2,000 Distinguished Scholarship at the Hawaii Medical Service Association’s Kaimana Awards, and is one of three Maui Interscholastic League students to earn a $3,000 HMSA scholarship, along with Kaylee Correa of Kamehameha Maui and Carissa Ratte of Seabury Hall. The MIL school winners are Lahainaluna, King Kekaulike and Maui High in Division I, and Maui Prep, St. Anthony and Seabury Hall in Division II. The HMSA program “recognizes all-around accomplishments by high schools, rewards individual student athletes with scholarships and supports coaches education.” Joseph Kauhaahaa of Queen Emma Athletic Club is named the top male in the Aloha State Games weightlifting competition at Ward Warehouse in Honolulu, and Kehau Deutsch of Upcountry Barbell Club earns the female honor. Kauhaahaa has a snatch of 257 pounds and a clean and jerk of 341, while Deutsch has a snatch of 132 and clean and jerk of 165.
JUNE 20-Baldwin graduate Keelan Ewaliko is named the Gatorade Hawaii Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year after winning three gold medals at the state meet.
JUNE 22-Pono teams claim three titles in the Maui No Ka Oi soccer tournament at Eddie Tam Fields. Two of Pono’s girls teams win championships – the under-8 team defeats Eastside 1-0 in the final, and the under-15 team wins 5-0 over Catch A Fire in the title match. In the boys under-9 title game, Pono defeats Maui United 4-3. Maui United wins the under-12 girls final 1-0 over Pono, and takes the boys under-8 crown with a 4-0 victory over Manuia. In the other girls finals, Eastside beats the Cobras 4-2 in under-9, the Maui Girls are 2-1 winners over the Icons in under-10 and Manuia defeats Excel 2-1 in under-19. The Cobras beat Maui United 2-1 in the boys under-10 final, and Pookela claims the boys under-12 championship with a 2-1 win over Maui United.
JUNE 23-Reshmi Rao-Main of Ohana Martial Arts in Kahului receives the International Martial Arts Council Competitor of the Year award, given to an athlete “who exemplifies the true spirit of martial arts and competes successfully in competitions.”
JUNE 28-Dakota Grossman is named The Maui News Maui Interscholastic League Girls Athlete of the Year after a junior year at Seabury Hall during which she won her third titles in the state cross country meet and in the 3,000 meters at state track and field. The boys honor goes to Keelan Ewaliko following a senior year at Baldwin that included a third straight MIL Offensive Player of the Year award in football and three gold medals in track and field, upping his total to five. Cassy Isagawa of Wailuku wins the British Columbia Women’s Amateur, closing with a 6-under-par 68 to match the Pitt Meadows Golf Club record she set the previous day and finish with a 72-hole total of 16-under 280, six shots better than runner-up Soo-Bin Kim.
JUNE 29-Tomoyuki Inui of Japan wins the Cycle to the Sun, covering the 36 miles of road from sea level at Paia to the summit of Haleakala in 2 hours, 57 minutes, 59.43 seconds. The women’s winner is Trina Van Dyck of Canada, in 3:37:23.74, and the top relay team is SMB Ascension – Forest Treadwell of Kihei, Peter Salomon of Haiku and Matt Watson of Kula combine for a time of 3:01:49.74.
JUNE 30-Daulton Cabacungan, Patrick Turner and Kaleb Palmer combine on a one-hitter as Maui defeats Kahaluu 11-0 in five innings at Maehara Stadium to win the Little League state Big League championship. Maui outscores Kahaluu 20-0 in sweeping the best-of-three series. Maya Reynolds of Kihei claims the runner-up spot in the USA Track and Field youth championships girls 13-14 400-meter final in Edwardsville, Ill. Reynolds’ time of 59.24 seconds is second to the 58.60 of Utah’s Emily Ellis. A day earlier, Reynolds placed fourth in the 200. Jeremiah Johnson of Peahi finishes second in his division in the Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado. Racing in the all-electric Exhibition Powersports-Z class, Johnson finishes the 12.42-mile uphill course in 12 minutes, 5 seconds – Hollywood Electrics teammate Jeff Clark wins in 12 minutes flat.
The Year in Review
JULY 2-Baldwin High School confirms that A.J. Roloos has resigned as football coach after six seasons, all of which resulted in Maui Interscholastic League Division I championships. Keneke Pacheco, a 13-year assistant coach for the Bears, is named interim head coach for the 2013 season. Maui defeats West Kauai twice, by scores of 16-0 and 11-3, to win the Pony Baseball Mustang Division state tournament at the Walter Victor Complex in Hilo. Maui claimed the title by winning its final six games.
JULY 7-Charles Makekau is named top all-around cowboy in the Makawao Rodeo at Oskie Rice Arena, Brandy Joseph is the top all-around cowgirl and Bronson Branco receives the Benji Rollins Trophy for most paychecks, and claims the double mugging title with Harold Deniz. The other champions are Clint Medeiros (bull riding), Kanoa Awai-Dickson (steer wrestling), Kevin Hill (poo wai u), Kalai Nobriga (calf roping), Leahi and Donny Poouahi (mixed team roping), Liloa Akoi (wahine barrel racing), Bob Faris Jr. and Tag Lunceford (dally team roping), Johnee Prito (steer undecorating), Britt-Jo Fabrito (breakaway roping), Dale Cambra and Kevin Ferguson Sr. (century team roping), Daniel Miranda (junior barrel racing), Isaiah Naauao-Asing (junior bull riding), Brit Bradford (keiki barrels) and Eric Roberson (sheep riding). Elizabeth Cabe sets World Association of Benches and Dead Lifters world records in the 97-pound division of the women’s open and 40-46 classes with a deadlift of 332.7 pounds during an event at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu, and is one of four Maui competitors to be named an outstanding lifter, in the junior/submaster/open classes, and the master class. Gerald Dionio is named the top teen men’s deadlifter, Moses K. Timbal the top master men’s deadlifter and Darnell Criste the top master women’s bench presser.
JULY 9-Makoa Andres strikes out 14 batters as Hilo defeats Maui 4-3 in the Pony 14 state baseball tournament final at Maehara Stadium.
JULY 10-Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox drives in two runs during an 11-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, giving him 433 RBIs in his career, a record for a Hawaii-born major leaguer. Victorino, the only Maui-born All-Star in MLB history, began the day sharing the state RBI mark with Mike Lum.
JULY 12-Blake Yamada of Wailuku finishes in 487th place at the the World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas, earning $24,480. Kirk Nelson of Kihei misses the cut at the U.S. Senior Open, carding a 14-over-par 84 in the second round at Omaha County Club in Nebraska for a 24-over total of 164. Players at 5 over and better advanced to the third round.
JULY 13-Hawaiian Canoe Club wins the Naleieha Regatta to clinch a 29th straight Maui County Hawaiian Canoe Association championship.
JULY 14-The Maui United Soccer Club 2002 boys team wins the Hawaii International Cup on Oahu, outscoring its four opponents 23-0.
JULY 15-Central East Maui wins the Little League Junior Division state title by going 4-1 at Hans L’Orange Park on Oahu, closing with two wins over Hilo, 14-7 and 18-6.
JULY 21-Kamehameha Swim Club wins the Hawaii State Long Course Swimming Championships at Kihei Aquatic Center with 2,086 points, more than doubling the total of second-place Hawaii Swim Club (1,027). Connor Baxter wins the Maui Paddleboard race, covering the 9.5-mile course from Maliko Gulch to Kahului Harbor in 1 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds. Andrea Moller (1:11:05) is the top female finisher.
JULY 23-Pearl City defeats Central Maui 11-1 in six innings in the Little League Senior Division state tournament championship game at Eddie Tam Field.
JULY 24-Central Maui claims the Little League Major Division state championship, getting a combined two-hitter from Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa and Jacob Chong in a 2-0 win over Waipio at Kilauea District Park on Oahu. Chad Blackwell faces the minimum 27 batters in a two-hit shutout, helped by a double play and a runner thrown out attempting to steal, as Na Koa Ikaika Maui beat the Hawaii Stars 5-0 at Maehara Stadium.
JULY 25-Chanse Uyeda, a former state wrestling champion from Lahainaluna, dies at age 19 after the moped he was operating collides with a car on Lower Honoapiilani Road in Lahaina.
JULY 27-Maui United claims two titles at the Hawaii Cup soccer tournament at Keopuolani Park. In the under-9 boys final, Maui United ’04 defeats Upcountry Maui Alliance 04 2-1, and Maui United ’05 Red beats Maui United ’05 Black 3-1 in the boys under-8 final. Excel ’03 takes the under-10 boys crown with a 7-0 victory over Pono ’03. In girls competition, Aces ’01 Maroon defeats Aces ’01 Gold 2-1 in the under-12 final, and Pono ’05 earns the under-8 crown with a 6-0 win over Abunai ’06.
JULY 28-Stand-up paddler Travis Grant is the first finisher in the Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships, finishing the 32-mile course from Kalua Koi to Maunalua Bay Beach Park in 4 hours, 50 minutes, 17 seconds. Terrene Black is the top female finisher, in 5:40:40. In the prone race, Brad Gaul posts the best time, 5:05:32, and Jordan Mercer’s time of 6:10:00 is the best among female competitors. Kahealani, with captain Shawn Boneza and Andy DeMello, win the Maui Trailer Boat Club Hanapa’a contest with a 297-pound marlin.
JULY 29-Jordan Hoiem, a senior linebacker at Baldwin High School who has verbally committed to the University of Oregon, tells coaches from both teams that he has decided to stop playing football to focus on baseball.
AUG. 1-Jonah Texeira wins the Junior America’s Cup individual title for the second time in three years, closing with a 4-under-par 68 at Wailea Gold Course for a 13-under total of 203, four shots better than Roberto Lebrija of Mexico II. Texeira’s win helps San Diego claim the team crown – the squad’s 4-under 212 round gives it a 627 total. Mexico II is the runner-up at 631.
AUG. 3-Hawaiian Canoe Club wins the large-club title at the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association state-championship regatta for the 11th time in 15 years. Taking first place in nine races – seven in the keiki division – Hawaiian totals 351 points at Hanalei Bay on Kauai, 24 points better than Hui Nalu. HCC wins gold in the girls 12, 13, 14, 16 and 18, and boys 15 and 16 races, as well as women’s novice A and mixed open. Helped by a victory in the mixed 12 race, Napili wins the A Division. Wailea finishes first in the sophomore and senior men’s races. Two days before starting her freshman year at Baldwin High School, Nawai Kaupe wins the softball throw at the Hershey’s Track and Field Games North American Final in Hershey, Pa., with a mark of 191 feet. John Palafox of Kahului catches the biggest tako, weighing 4 pounds, 9 ounces, at the Larry Libres Fishing and Diving Tournament at Kanaha Beach Park. The oama winners are a father and son from Wailuku – Kendrick Villanueva of Wailuku takes the 12-and-under title with a 15.7-centimeter catch, and Randy Villanueva’s 15.0-centimeter entry wins the 13-and-over division.
AUG. 4-Garrett Okamura wins the Maui Open, shooting a 3-over-par 75 at The Dunes at Maui Lani – where he is the head professional – to finish the two-round event at even-par 144. T.J. Kua (74) finishes second, two shots back. Kimberlie Miyamoto repeats as the Maui Women’s Invitational champion, closing with a 2-over-par 74 in the final round at King Kamehameha for an even-par total of 144, nine shots better than Kristeena Locke (78). Allister Knox wins the Kraig Vickers Honor Run 5-kilometer race with a time of 16 minutes, 44 seconds over a course starting and ending at Kanaha Beach Park. In the female division, Seanna Robinson takes first place in 18:41.
AUG. 9-Kirk Nelson of Kihei wins the Aloha Section Senior PGA Professional Championship at Poipu Bay Golf Course on Kauai. Nelson closes with an even-par 72 for a 2-under total of 142 to win by eight shots. Brad Bowen (72) of Haiku and Andrew Feldmann of Honolulu (77) tie for second.
AUG. 10-Eric Casco repeats as open men’s champion and wins the Ole division in the Ole Longboard Classic at Launiupoko Beach Park. Mahealani Ah Hee claims the women’s title for a second straight year, and Kevin Eide earns his sixth consecutive age-group title, and fifth in a row in the 60-and-over division. Kekaula Campbell claims his fifth straight 30-39 title and Sierra Lerback repeats as the junior women’s champion. The other winners are Ean Duryea (menehune), Nick Nunez (juniors), Travis Baptiste (junior men), Matt Pasamonte (19-29), Augustine Constantino (40-49), Glenn Fukushima (50-59) and Ashley Nielson and Luke Adolfson (tandem).
AUG. 11-Kimberlie Miyamoto wins her second golf title in eight days, taking first place in the girls 15-18 division of the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association All-Ages Tournament at Kahili Golf Course. Malu Rosenthal is the boys 15-18 champion. The other girls winners are Kristeena Locke (13-14), Millburn Ho (11-12) and Summer Malia Wong (7-10), and the other boys titles go to Trevor Arashiro (13-14), A.J. Teraoka (11-12) and Caleb Blaine Chumley (7-10).
AUG. 12-Na Koa Ikaika Maui announce they have canceled their final four home games of the regular season, meaning for the second time in three years, the team will not finish its regular season as scheduled.
AUG. 17-Kain Daly wins the pro-am division in the Volcom Surf Contest for the Groms at Lahaina Harbor, and Kahanu Delovio takes the girls title. The other winners are Dylan Lehmann (junior), Logan Bediamol (grom), Jackson Bunch (squids) and Justin Roberson.
AUG. 18-The Young and the Rest of Us, a team from Maui, wins the U.S. Tennis Association’s Hawaii Pacific Adult 18 and Over League sectional championships at Central Oahu Regional Park.
AUG. 23-Baldwin graduate Kurt Suzuki is traded from the Washington Nationals to the Oakland Alhletics, rejoining the team with which he began his major league career.
AUG. 24-Summer Macedo wins the girls 10-12 and 13-17 divisions in the Grom Magazine Surf Contest at Lahaina Harbor. Chrisyn Simpson-Kane earns the 9-and-under title, the boys champions are Imaikalani Devault (15-17), Dylan Lehman (13-14), Eli Hanneman (11-12), Ocean Macedo (9-10) and Chase Anderson (7-8), and Maddox Macmurray wins the coed 6-and-under division.
AUG. 25-Na Koa Ikaika Maui claim the inaugural Pacific Association championship by winning a pair of games in San Rafael, Calif. Na Koa first defeat the Vallejo Admirals 8-3 behind a complete game from Chad Blackwell, then beat the San Rafael Pacifics 6-1, helped by Brandon Gregorich’s home run. Tyler Munetake of Wailuku wins the boys 15-18 title at the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association’s Big Island Junior Classic, closing with a 71 in the second round at Hualalai Golf Club for a 146 total to defeat Hilo’s Shon Katahira (75) by one shot.
AUG. 27-The Maui Interscholastic League executive board approves surfing as an official sport, with the inaugural season scheduled to begin in April. Maui major leaguer Shane Victorino hits the 100th and 101st home runs of his career and finishes with a career-high seven RBIs as the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 at Fenway Park.
AUG. 31-Baldwin graduate John Lotulelei becomes the third Maui Interscholastic League alumni to make a regular-season NFL roster, when he is included on the Seattle Seahawks’ final 53. Kaluka Maiava, also a Baldwin graduate, makes the final cut for the Oakland Raiders. Tattersalls Masters Australia wins the Maui Channel Swim for a seventh straight year, with the team of Rhys Mainstone, Ridge Grimsey, Peter Thiel, Trent Grimsey, Codie Grimsey and George O’Brien covering the 9.9-mile course from the old Club Lanai pier to the Kaanapali Beach Hotel in 3 hours, 9 minutes and 38 seconds. DAM Fine and DAM Fast repeats as the women’s champion in 3:32:50.
SEPT. 2-Bobsled wins the Hawaii and Lahaina Yacht Clubs’ 70th annual Lahaina to Honolulu Race in 5 hours, 42 minutes, 25 seconds. The other winners are Heartbeat in Class X (6:04:45 elapsed time, 6:23:57 corrected time), E Paint in Class A (6:33:05, 6:16:36), Phoenix in Class B (7:50:53, 6:11:08) and Genevieve in Class Aloha (10:00:52, 7:31:21).
SEPT. 5-The PGA Tour and Hyundai Motor America announce a two-year extension of the car company’s title sponsorship of the Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Plantation Course, running the agreement through 2015.
SEPT. 8-Stand-up paddler Bart de Zwart of Haiku finishes second overall in the SUP 11-City Tour in the Netherlands after winning a third consecutive stage. De Zwart posts a total time of 22 hours, 15 seconds over approximately 136.4 miles. Austria’s Peter Bartl wins the overall title with a final time of 21:57:43. De Zwart had won the overall race each of the previous three years.
SEPT. 14-Polli’s Running of the Bulls wins the Hana Relay, with the team racing from Kahului to Hana in 5 hours, 11 minutes, 38 seconds. Team SC wins the women’s race in 5:40:08, and the other champions are Four Seasons Supah Man (5:40:53) in the hotel/restaurant division, Pheidippides and the Hana Pipers (5:45:22) in the mixed competition, Maui Coupon Masters (6:02:54) in master man, The Late Team (6:16:32) in the open class, Hawaii 50 Plus (6:56:49) in master women and Hammer Heads (6:57:04) in master mixed.
SEPT. 15-Tyler Munetake wins the boys 15-18 title in the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association Match Play Championships at the Kaanapali Kai Course, defeating Baldwin High School teammate Ariel Elftman-Hanson 6 and 5 in the final. In the boys 13-14 final, Oahu’s Remington Hirano beats Wailuku’s Justin Arcano 2 up. Malia Nam earns the girls 13-18 title with a 2-and-1 win over Kaci Masuda in an all-Oahu final. Former Maui resident Kimi Werner is made a member of the Hawaii Freediving and Spearfishing Wall of Fame.
SEPT. 19-Kamehameha Schools Maui football coach Cody Nakamura is suspended for one game by the school after an incident involving Maui High player Andre Pierman during a game on Sept. 14.
SEPT. 21-Oregon’s Cassy Isagawa, a Baldwin High School graduate, earns her second collegiate win, taking the title at the University of New Mexico’s Dick McGuire Invitational. Isagawa closes with a 4-under-par 69 for a three-round total of 12-under 207 – that ties former Oregon player Kendra Little for the lowest score at the tournament. Brad Bickley wins the Run Forrest Run Front Street Mile men’s open race in Lahaina with a time of 4 minutes, 13 seconds, and Lauren Wallace has the top women’s time, 4:42. Motoo Hirayama wins the Hard Rock Cafe 10K men’s division in 37:07, and Jen Tom (40:50) takes the women’s race. In the Maui Tacos 5K, Tsukasa Kawarai is the male winner in 15:20, and Rhonda Loo is the top female finisher, in 18:27. The Lanai Nakoa Rams Pop Warner team plays its inaugural home game, losing 31-18 to the Lahaina Chiefs.
SEPT. 22-Takanori Haraguchi of Japan wins the JTB Maui Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 43 minutes, 50 seconds. Rhonda Loo, a 37-year-old from Canada, crosses the line in 3:07:18 to win the women’s title. The half-marathon winners are Reid Hunter (1:14:40) in the male division, and Dawn Grunnagle (1:17:58) in the female division. Ariel Elftman-Hanson of Wailuku wins the boys 15-18 title in the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association All-Ages Junior Tour Series at Kauai Lagoons Golf Club’s Kiele Course. Elftman-Hanson cards a 7-over-par 77 in the second round for an 8-over total of 148, four shots better than the runner-up, Honolulu’s Remington Hirano (71). John Lotulelei, a Baldwin High School graduate, makes his NFL debut, recording three tackles for the Seattle Seahawks in a 45-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Team Bradley wins a second straight Na Wahine O Ke Kai title, and eighth in the last nine years. The team of Lauren Spalding, Mahealani Botelho, Lori Nakamura, Noelani Sawyer-Auger, Alena Goo, Kristin Foster, Nicole Wilcox, Andrea Moller, Claire Townsend and Arlene Holzman completes the 40-mile race from Molokai’s Hale O Lono Harbor to Waikiki on Oahu in 6 hours, 12 minutes, 23 seconds. The Waikiki Beach Boys are second in 6:19:46.
SEPT. 25-Oracle Team USA – owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison, the owner of most of Lanai – wins the America’s Cup, defeating Team New Zealand in a winner-take-all final race at San Francisco Bay to complete a rally from a seven-point deficit for a 9-8 victory.
SEPT. 26-Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville is named the Stand Up Paddler of the Year during the SUP Magazine Awards ceremony in San Clemente, Calif., leading a Maui sweep of the top three spots. Slater Trout of Lahaina finishes second, and Connor Baxter of Pukalani is third after winning the award each of the previous two years.
SEPT. 28-Kai Lenny wins the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle elite-division race at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, Calif. Connor Baxter finishes second.
SEPT. 29-Two stand-up paddlers from Maui – Kody Kerbox and Kai Lenny – team with the Big Island’s Jenny Kalmbach and Denmark’s Casper Steinfath on Naish Team A to win the Rainbow Sandals Battle of the Paddle elite relay race. The Wailea Sun team of Barbara Botkin, Paula Hegel, Barb Glenn, Dorothy Crouzet-Pascal, Ana Bland, Martha Hecker, Virginia Suddath, Susan Sato, Pamela Henry, Lore Lee Robello, Mary Beverly Lindner, Debbie Montgomery, Susan Guard and Hope Busto-Keyes win the 7.0 division title in the USTA Hawaii Pacific Section 55-and-over league championships at Central Oahu Regional Park. Corey Gushikuma, a 2010 graduate of Baldwin High School attending Saginaw Valley State University, bowls his fourth 300 game during a U.S. Bowling Congress tournament in Lansing, Mich.
OCT. 2-The Seattle Seahawks release linebacker John Lotulelei, a Baldwin High School graduate.
OCT. 3-John Lotulelei is obtained off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
OCT. 5-Pat Werhane wins the Wiki Wiki 10K race in Lahaina in 35 minutes, 10 seconds, and Jeff Wilson takes the 5K event in 17:40.
OCT. 6-King Kekaulike High School graduate Sam Cyr finishes second in the Asian Tour’s Mercuries Taiwan Masters, closing with a 5-over-par 77 in severe weather as Typhoon Fitow nears for a 1-over total of 289, four shots behind Australia’s Scott Hend (74).
OCT. 7-Maui County announces it is accepting bids for the installation of synthetic turf at War Memorial Stadium.
OCT. 9-Travis Castillon of Waikapu spears a 155.8-pound ulua off Lanai, setting an International Underwater Spearfishing Association record.
OCT. 12-Bobbi Kokx records a 2-over-par 74 at Maui Country Club to win the championship flight of the Lester Hamai Memorial Golf Tournament for the eighth time. Mia Hew finishes one shot back. The Flyin Hawaiian Zip-line team of Tommy Hauptman, Patrick L. Martin, John K. Brycie and Duane Ting wins the Boy Scouts Maui County Council Sportsman Challenge at Camp Maluhia with a score of 199.50, 15.75 points better than the second-place Service Rentals team.
OCT. 13-Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville wins the Stand Up World Series season title with a victory in the Turtle Bay Finals sprint race. Connor Baxter of Pukalani finishes second in the season standings. Shell Va’a of Tahiti wins the Molokai Hoe for an eighth straight time, paddling the approximately 41 miles from Molokai’s Hale O Lono Harbor to Waikiki on Oahu in 4 hours, 53 minutes, 35 seconds. Maui-based Team Primo places fifth in 5:16:56. Justin Ngan of Wailuku wins the boys 15-18 division title in the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association’s Kiahuna Junior Classic at Kauai’s Kiahuna Golf Club, defeating Wailuku’s Tyler Munetake in a tiebreaker. Ngan closes with a 73 at Kiahuna Golf Club for a 150 total, while Munetake has a 74. The tiebreaker is matching scorecards on the final nine holes. Kahului’s Jordan Terada claims the boys 11-12 championship with a final-round 85 for a 168 total, 30 shots better than the runner-up, James Pratt (93) of Kauai.
OCT. 18-Kamehameha Maui wins a 10th straight Maui Interscholastic League Division I girls volleyball title by sweeping King Kekaulike 25-20, 20-17, 20-17 at the Lahainaluna Gym. Seabury Hall completes a 12-0 run through the MIL season and takes the Division II championship with a 25-23, 25-12, 26-24 win over Hana. Baldwin graduate Kendall Grove makes his debut in the Bellator mixed martial arts circuit, defeating Joe Vedepo by unanimous decision in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
OCT. 19-St. Anthony graduate Shane Victorino hits an seventh-inning grand slam, powering the Boston Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park that ends the American League Championship Series in six games. Dakota Grossman of Seabury Hall wins her fourth MIL girls cross country title, taking first place in the championship meet at Molokai’s Ironwood Hills Golf Club. Melanie McQuaid wins the Day of Hope 10K at at Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea in 38 minutes, 46.4 seconds. Jay Danek is the top male finisher, in 41:18.4. The 5K winners are Matt Holton (16:16.5) and Cristina Pineda (22:00.6).
OCT. 20-Billy Brown of Kauai reports completing a swim from Molokai to Lanai and back, covering more than 18 miles, in 10 hours, 26 minutes. Kahana wins the men’s division of the three-day Maui Nui Canoe race, going from Maliko Bay to Puko’o, Molokai, then to Hulopoe Bay, Lanai, and then to Hanaka’o’o (Canoe) Beach in 12 hours, 39 minutes. Team Maui Linen wins the women’s division in 13:37, and Calgary (13:56) takes the mixed title.
OCT. 25-Seabury Hall’s Dakota Grossman becomes the second runner, boy or girl, to win the state cross country title four times, and the first to accomplish the feat in three-mile races, taking first place at the Island School course on Kauai in 18 minutes, 17.04 seconds. Bernd Roediger, a 17-year-old from Kahului, wins the American Windsurfing Tour’s JP Aloha Classic title at Hookipa Beach Park. Levi Siver of Haiku finishes second.
OCT. 26-The Lahainaluna football team wraps up a 10-0 regular season with a 42-14 victory over Maui High at War Memorial Stadium. Seabury Hall remains un-beaten in MIL eight- player football’s two-year history, beating Molokai 25-14 in Hoolehua to finish the season 6-0. Dakota Grossman wins the Xterra Hula Grill 5K Trail Run female title for the fourth time, in 21 minutes, 42 seconds. Benjamin Auerbach of Kaanapali repeats as the men’s winner with a record time of 18:56. Willie Schefer of Kihei defends his title in the Duke’s Beach House 10K, in 38:22, and Emilie Menuet from France is the top female in the 10K, in 46:42.
OCT. 27-Ruben Ruzafa of Spain wins the Xterra World Championship Off-Road Triathlon, finishing the 0.93-mile swim, 18.8-mile mountain bicycle leg and 5.8-mile trail run in 2 hours, 34 minutes, 34 seconds. Asa Shaw of France is second in 2:36:01. The women’s title goes to Nicky Samuels of New Zealand, in 2:57:48. Lesley Paterson of Scotland, bidding for a third straight win, comes in second in 3:00:14. Jon Yokouchi wins the Maui Country Club men’s golf championship, carding a 5-over-par 113 in the 27-hole final round for a 6-over total of 222 in the 54-hole event. Mia Hew edges 2012 champion Lisa Judge by one shot for the women’s title. Hew finishes at 10-over 154 for the 36-hole tournament, closing with an 80.
OCT. 29-Shane Victorino of the Boston Red Sox wins his fourth career Gold Glove, claiming the American League award in right field in his first season playing the position full time since 2007.
OCT. 30-Shane Victorino becomes a World Series champion for a second time, driving in four runs as the Boston Red Sox defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 at Fenway Park in Game 6.
NOV. 1-Marcilio Browne of Brazil wins his first Professional Windsurfers Association season championship, clinching the crown by advancing from the day’s first heat of the JP Aloha Classic at Hookipa Beach Park in Kuau. Levi Siver of Haiku claims the contest title, the first of his career, by defeating Kahului’s Bernd Roediger 14.31-11.56 in the winners final. The Oakland Athletics decline an $8.5 million option on catcher Kurt Suzuki, making the Baldwin High School graduate a free agent. Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville wins the La Torche Pro in France, and claims a third Stand Up World Tour season championship. Already assured of the tour title entering the contest final, Lenny takes the La Torche crown with a 16.59-5.87 victory over Brazil’s Caio Vaz.
NOV. 2-Casey Rehrer of Haiku wins the youth title in the American Windsurfing Tour’s JP Aloha Classic at Hookipa Beach Park. Paia’s Harley Stone finishes second. Conrad Stoltz wins the TriLanai triathlon, completing the 750-meter swim, 17-kilometer mountain bicycle leg and 5-kilometer run in 1 hour, 12 minutes, 39 seconds. Women’s winner Alicia Bennett posts a time of 1:46:33. Michelle Camina of Kaanapali wins her second Paradise Cup bodybuilding title, taking first place in the women’s masters figure medium division at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel Ballroom on Oahu.
NOV. 3-Casey Rehrer earns his second division title in two days in the American Windsurfing Tour’s JP Aloha Classic, taking first place in the amateur division. Colin Baker of Paia places second. Sean Aiken of Oregon wins the masters division title, and Martin Bergeron of Canada finishes second. Yoshi Hasumi of Japan claims the grand master crown, with Baker taking second.
NOV. 5-Wailuku’s Ariel Elftman-Hanson, Justin Ngan and Tyler Munetake win singles matches as Hawaii, with a roster that also includes Kahului’s Kimberlie Miyamoto, beats Japan 18-14 in the Asia Pacific Junior Cup at the Waikoloa Beach Resort Kings’ Course on the Big Island. Bill Bradley, a 53-year-old endurance athlete from Santa Rosa, Calif., reports completing a swim from Lanai to Maui, bicycle course to the Haleakala summit and circumnavigation of Maui on foot in six days, 12 hours and 35 minutes.
NOV. 8-Baldwin is eliminated from the state football tournament with a 21-3 loss to Farrington in a Division I first-round game at War Memorial Stadium.
NOV. 9-Randen Abafo of Molokai defeats Los Angeles’ Ruben Warr by decision in the 155-pound main event of the “War on the Valley Isle” mixed martial arts card at War Memorial Gym.
NOV. 10-Liz Cabe is named the outstanding female lightweight competitor in the open and master divisions at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters world championships at the Peppermill Resort Hotel in Reno, Nev., after winning deadlift titles at 97 pounds in each division. Cabe’s lift of 339.3 pounds breaks her own WABDL records and makes her the second woman in the organization’s history to lift more than 3 1/2 times her body weight.
NOV. 16-Lahainaluna loses 20-9 to Kaiser in the semifinals of the Division II state football tournament at War Memorial Stadium. Kamehameha Maui becomes the first Maui Interscholastic League cheerleading team to win a state title by taking the medium-division crown at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. The Warriors finish with 348.75 points, 4.5 better than second-place Pac-Five.
NOV. 23-Tenzin Pasang of Maui Grappling Academy earns two Hawaii Triple Crown of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu points titles with a pair of gold medals in the Aloha State Championship at Pearl City High School on Oahu. Pasang takes the middleweight/heavyweight blue-belt division gold, and also finishes first in the no-gi intermediate division, giving him the blue-belt and intermediate division Triple Crown championships.
NOV. 25-Chaminade’s Christophe Varidel scores 42 points, one shy of the EA Sports Maui Invitational record, in a 93-77 loss to Baylor in the opening round of the 30th edition of the tournament. Varidel ties a tournament record by sinking 10 3-pointers.
NOV. 26-Keahi De Aboitiz of Australia wins the Cabrinha Kite Surf Pro Maui title for the second year in a row, topping Kai Lenny of Spreckelsville 15.0-14.1 in the final at Hookipa Beach Park. Moona Whyte of Oahu defeats Jalou Langeree of the Netherlands 12.44-11.43 to repeat as the women’s champion.
NOV. 27-Syracuse wins its third Maui Invitational title in three appearances, beating Baylor 74-67 in the championship game. Tournament MVP C.J. Fair scores 24 points in the win, and finishes the tournament with 54.
DEC. 3-Maui County announces that the instillation of artificial turf at War Memorial Stadium had been postponed to May.
DEC. 8-Jackson Bunch wins the boys under-12 and under-14 division titles in a Hawaii Amateur Surfing Association contest at Kahului Harbor. Nakoa deCoit takes the open men’s title and Kulia Doherty is the open women’s champion. The other division crowns go to Conan Gentil (boys under 16), Chase Anderson (boys under-10), Danny Kalahiki (open longboard), Mack Crilley (open bodyboard) and Summer Macedo (girls under 14).
DEC. 14-Kahalau Kane wins the Iao Valley Christmas 10K in 41 minutes, 5 seconds, and Lindsey Wilbur earns first place in the female division in 45:01. The Vineyard Street Mile winners are Matthew Holton (5:41) and Jen Tom (5:52).
DEC. 15-Ariel Elftman-Hanson of Wailuku takes the boys 15-18 title in the Hawaii State Junior Golf Association’s Michelle Wie Tournament of Champions at the Wailea Emerald Course. Elftman-Hanson closes with a 3-under-par 69 for a 4-under total of 140, seven shots better than runners-up Tyler Munetake and Justin Ngan, both also of Wailuku. The other winners are Oahu’s Kaci Masuda (girls 15-18), Alanis Sakuma (girls 13-14), Taylor John McGerity (boys 11-12), Allysha Mae Mateo (girls 11-12) and Minny Byun (girls 7-10), and the Big Island’s Shon Katahira (boys 13-14) and Isaiah Kanno (boys 7-10).
DEC. 16-The Boston Red Sox announce that outfielder Shane Victorino, a St. Anthony High School graduate, has undergone surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb and is expected to be ready for spring training.
DEC. 19-Seabury Hall’s Cayde Omura is named Player of the Year in the inaugural edition of The Maui News Maui Interscholastic League All-Star team for eight-player football.
DEC. 22-Dylan Kresge of Hawaii Swim Club finishes with eight gold medals, and Maui County participants combine for 31 titles altogether, as the age-group state swimming championships conclude at the Kona Community Aquatic Center. Kresge, competing in the boys 13-14 division at the four-day meet, wins the 200-yard freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 backstroke and 200 breaststroke, and swims on four first-place relay teams – the 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle, 200 medley and 400 medley. Jaden Yip of Lahaina Swim Club earns seven golds in the boys 10-and-under division – individually in the 50 breaststroke, 100 freestyle 100 breaststroke, 100 butterfly and 200 individual medley, and as part of the 200 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay with Kendall Beam, Jorden Beam and Slater Fleck. Kendall Beam also wins the 200 freestyle and 100 individual medley. Kysha Altura of Hawaii Swim Club earns six girls 13-14 individual titles – in the 1,650 freestyle, 1,000 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 butterfly, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Jonah Hu of Maui Swim Club wins the boys 17-18 100 breaststroke, 200 individual medley and 200 breaststroke. Kian Leonard of Island Aquatics wins the boys 10-and-under 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle. Hawaii Swim Club’s Sky Hirsch wins the boys 17-18 50 freestyle, and teammate Jordynn Brown wins the girls 10-and-under 50 backstroke. Rylie Lopez of Island Aquatics is the girls 11-12 500 freestyle winner.
DEC. 23-Baldwin graduate Kurt Suzuki signs a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins for $2.75 million.