Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Yap wins two divisions at SUP national event

Noah Yap, a recent Baldwin High School graduate, won two divisions at the Surfing America USA SUP Championships over the weekend at Trestles Beach, Calif.

The 17-year-old Yap won the U18 and open men’s divisions.


Kula Elementary golf event set for Aug. 23

The Kula Elementary 50th Celebration Fundraiser Golf Tournament will be held at Pukalani Country Club on Aug. 23.

The fee for the four-person scramble is $75 per person. Sponsors are also being sought.

For more information on the tournament, e-mail:


Reyes gets tryout with U.S. rugby squad

Fumie Reyes is the first female rugby player from Maui to be invited to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The University of Hawaii Maui College student is trying out for the U.S. national team.

Reyes plays for the Kahului Wahine Warriors of the Maui Rugby Organization.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Two Maui United teams eliminated at regional

Maui United Soccer Club ’00 Red tied Santa Clara Sporting 99 Green 1-1 in a U.S. Youth Soccer Association Far West Regional girls under-14 match Wednesday in Albuquerque, N.M.

Maui United finished 1-1-1 in pool play and failed to advance to the quarterfinal round.

The Maui United ’02 Red under-12 boys lost to San Tan Legacy of Arizona 2-0 and failed to make the quarterfinals. Maui United finished 0-2-1 in pool play.


Hendrickson, Granger bow out in third round

Tanner Hendrickson of Haiku and Napili’s Granger Larsen were eliminated in the third round of the Los Cabos Open of Surf in Mexico on Wednesday.

Hendrickson finished third in his four-man heat with a two-wave total of 11.67. Australia’s Davey Cathels (13.90) and Josh Kerr (13.43) advanced to the next round.

Larsen finished last in his heat with a 10.23. Tanner Gudauskas (15.37) of the United States and Brazil’s Flavio Nakajima (14.40)?advanced from the heat.

The Association of Surfing Professionals six-star event was held at the “Zippers” surf spot.


Rojas takes gold again; Torres captures silver

Nikilani Rojas of Makawao won another gold medal at the Special Olympics USA Games swimming competition on Wednesday at Princeton University’s DeNunzio Pool in New Jersey.

Rojas won the 100-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 49 seconds, one day after taking gold in the 50 breaststroke.

Faye Torres of Kahului, a former Maui Special Olympics athlete of the year, won silver in the 100 freestyle Wednesday, finishing in 2:39.

The games run through Saturday.


Coed softball league starts in mid-July

A recreational coed softball league will be starting in mid-July with games in Kihei.

Games will be played on Sundays and the league will run through October.

For more information, contact Nick Poree at 808-870-6321 or email

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Tolutau on USA Rugby All-American team

Central Washington University sophomore-to-be Vili Tolutau, a Baldwin High School graduate, is one of 33 players selected by USA Rugby to play for its collegiate All-American team later this month.

The team will play Cambridge University in Hanover, N.H., on June 21, and in Canton, Mass., on June 25, and face the Ontario Blues in Canton on June 28.

The U.S. players were chosen after a camp that took place June 12-15 at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

“We are really pleased with the effort and focus of all the players competing in camp at Merrimack College,” said the

team’s coach, Matt Sherman. “While this is a relatively inexperienced team at the Collegiate All-American level, the players have shown a lot of ability and tenacity.”

Tolutau’s previous experience on national teams includes selections for April’s Junior World Trophy in Hong Kong, and last year’s junior world championships in France.


Cantrell records ace at Wailea Gold Course

Ryan Cantrell of Vacaville, Calif., recorded a hole-in-one Sunday at the Wailea Gold Course.

Cantrell aced the third hole, using a 6-iron for the 153-yard shot, which was witnessed by Tim Cantrell and Bill Canslain.


Makena tennis tourney to benefit D’Renegades

A round-robin tennis tournament scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Makena Tennis Club will serve as a fundraiser for D’Renegades, a team headed to a USTA national tournament in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

Tickets are $30.

For more information, call Renee Jorg at 359-9597.


Maui Roller Girls will compete on June 28

The Maui Roller Girls roller derby team has a match between the Rainbows and Pot O’Gold scheduled for 4 p.m. on June 28 at the Central Maui Boys & Girls Club in Wailuku.

General admission is $5, with no charge for anyone with military or student identification. VIP tickets are $15, which pays for seating under a tent, a hot dog and a soda or water, photo opportunities and souvenirs.

Valley Isle Sports/In Brief

Lahainaluna High seeking varsity coaches

Lahainaluna High School is seeking head coaches for varsity girls volleyball and varsity boys and girls cross country.

Interested candidates must send their resumes to: Scott A. Soldwisch, CAA, athletic director; Lahainaluna High School; 980 Lahainaluna Road; Lahaina, HI 96761.


Pacific Pride softball holding 12U tryouts

The Pacific Pride Fastpitch Softball Organization will be holding tryouts for the 12U age group at a date and location to be determined.

Interested players need to respond by June 30 to The player’s name, date of birth and contact number must be included in the email.

Once a date and location are determined, players must bring their own bat, glove, helmet, cleats, softball attire and water.


Bongaard records ace on 17th at Elleair Maui

Jim Bongaard of Wailuku recorded a hole-in-one at Elleair Maui Golf Club on Saturday.

Bongaard used an 8-iron to ace the 146-yard 17th hole.

The shot was witnessed by Bridget Bongaard.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Krueger places second in two races

Jim Krueger of Makawao placed second in the 75-79 division in two swimming events at the Sonoma Wine Country Games on May 31 in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Krueger had a time of 33.21 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, and 46.50 in the 50 breaststroke.

On June 1, he competed in the 1-kilometer race at the Del Valle Open Water Festival in Livermore, Calif., and placed third in the 75-79 division with a time of 32:49.35.


Sherrer aces No. 17 at Elleair

Kristine Sherrer of Balzac, Alberta, recorded a hole-in-one Sunday at Elleair Maui Golf Club in Kihei.

Sherrer aced the 17th hole, using a 6-iron for the 131-yard shot, which was witnessed by Lee Brandon, Randy Ninomiya and Norma Ninomiya.


Pohai Na Keiki Nalu slated for Saturday

The 21st annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu (Gathering of the Surf Kids) for youths 12 and under is scheduled for Saturday at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina.

Competition is to start at 7 a.m. in the longboard division. Shortboard, bodyboard and stand-up paddling competition is also scheduled. Entrants are limited to two divisions.

Entry forms are available at Honolua Surf Co. stores in Lahaina and Kihei, and Hi-Tech Surf Sports stores in Kahului, Paia, and Kihei. Registration must be completed in advance. The contest has no entry fee, but donations to the Maui Sports Foundation will be accepted.

For more information, call 877-2111.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Team Pono bows out in quarterfinal round

Team Pono of Maui bowed out in the quarterfinals of the Cooperstown Dreams Park 12-and-under baseball tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Thursday.

Team Pono beat the Birmingham (Ala.) Spartans 5-1 in the round of 16 before losing 17-4 to Red Hawks Baseball of Tennessee. Pono, which finished the tournament 8-1, beat the Red Hawks in pool play.

Pono’s showing in the field of 104 is the best for a Hawaii team in the 19-year history of the tournament.

Members of the team are Cade Kalehuawehe, Mochi Dukelow, Haku Dudoit, Kaipo Haole, Konner Palmeira, Tiger Caulford, Micah Kele, Reyn Okita, Wehiwa Aloy, Adam Yamashita, Bubba Varner and Logan Kalawaia. The coaches are Dean Yamashita, Craig Okita and Jamie Aloy.


Smith records sixth hole-in-one

Rick Smith of Kihei recorded his sixth lifetime hole-in-one Saturday at the Wailea Emerald Course.

Smith aced the eighth hole, using a 9-iron for the 120-yard shot, which was witnessed by Ryan McNally, Dave Lansing and Nick Engen.


Kaanapali event to help service members

Kaanapali Golf Courses will participate in the “World’s Largest Golf Outing,” a fund-raiser for the Wounded Warrior Project to assist injured service members, on Aug. 11, with an 8:30 a.m. start.

The entry free is $55 per person, of which $10 will go to the Wounded Warrior Project, and also pays for use of a cart, range balls, an awards reception and entry into contests. Teams can also raise additional funds.

Event and fundraising registration can be completed at


Polo matches scheduled for Sunday

The Oskie Rice Memorial Champagne Cup is scheduled for Sunday at Manduke Baldwin Polo Arena in Makawao, with gates opening at 11 a.m.

Tickets are $10, with youths 12 and under admitted free.

Club matches are also scheduled, and a barbecue will follow the completion of play.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ngan shares title at Junior World qualifier

Justin Ngan of Wailuku shared medalist honors in the boys 15-17 division of the Callaway Junior World Championships qualifier that took place Saturday and Sunday at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course on the Big Island.

Ngan closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-over 148, tied with Honolulu’s Kyosuke Kevin Hara (73).

Ngan was one of two players from Maui to earn spots in the championship, scheduled for July 14-18 at multiple California courses.

Lana Calibuso-Kwee of Wailuku advanced by finishing second in the girls 11-12 division. Calibuso-Kwee carded a 76 in the second round to finish at 158, five shots behind Jennifer Koga (77) of Honolulu.


Dirt-track races slated for Saturday

Dirt-track races are scheduled for Saturday at Paradise Speedway Maui in Puunene, with time trials beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Spectator gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Spectator admission will cost $12 for adults and $5 for youths 6-12, with no charge for anyone 5 and under.

For more information, go to


Kapalua offering youth tennis camps

Kapalua Tennis youth summer camp sessions are scheduled for June 16-18, June 30-July 2, July 14-16, July 28-30 and Aug. 4-6, from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

The camps are for players 7-17 years old of all ability levels. The fee for each three-day session is $130.

For more information, contact Steve Campbell at 662-7730 or


Free learn-to-swim classes begin June 17

Maui Swim Club will offer free learn-to-swim classes for youths 4 and older from June 17 to Aug. 25 at Shira-ishi Pool in Kahului.

A mandatory parent meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on June 16 at the pool.


Golf event to help basketball supporters

The 32nd annual Baldwin Basketball Backers benefit golf tournament is scheduled for Aug. 10 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course, with a 6:30 a.m. shotgun start.

For more information, email or call 877-7294.