Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Guzman wins junior golf event

Reese Guzman of Kahului won a Mainland junior golf tournament for the second consecutive month Sunday, taking the girls title at the Pacific Northwest Junior Golf Tour’s Washington Junior Open in Seattle.

Guzman finished at 5-over-par 149, six shots ahead of Alyssa Nguyen of Renton, Wash. Guzman shot 1-under 71 in the second round at Washington National Golf Club, after a 6-over 78 at The Golf Club at Newcastle.

Guzman won a junior event in Colorado in October, which followed a pair of Hawaii State Junior Golf Association victories in the spring.


Mutzenburg claims all-around state crown

Mona Mutzenburg of Diane’s Gymnastics Academy in Kahului won the level 4 junior D division all-around title at the USA Gymnastics Hawaii State Championship that took place Saturday and Sunday at Hanalani School on Oahu.

Mutzenburg placed first in the floor exercise, balance beam and bars.

Diane’s finished second in the level 4 team competition.

Mika Hada was the level 4 junior C bars champion, and Abigail Balmus took first place in the junior A vault. The other level 4 competitors for Diane’s were Rachel Holmberg, Ellie Brown, Giullia Porter and Summer Coronesi.

In level 3, Luana Kern was the junior A vault winner.


Kiffmann athletes earn five black-belt sparring titles

Five competitors from Kiffmann Taekwondo won black-belt sparring titles at the Maui Open on Saturday at War Memorial Gym in Wailuku.

The first-place finishers were Kayla Baisa (8-9 girls lightweight), Tyler Papagayo (9-10 boys lightweight), Jerico San Agustin (12-14 male lightweight), Reynaldo Se-gundo (12-14 male middle-weight) and Kaye Nono (12-14) female middleweight.

Kiffmann also had four runner-up finishers – Lydia Tan (8-9 girls lightweight), Alexander Macaraeg (12-14 male lightweight), Kaiya Baisa (12-14 female middleweight) and Anisha Patterson (18-32 female lightweight).

Kayla Baisa, Papagayo, San Agustin, Nono, Shanelle Macaraeg and Imelda Castro won gold medals in black-belt forms.


Sasada aces No. 17 at Dunes

Joy Sasada of Kahului recrded a hole-in-one Friday at The Dunes at Maui Lani in Kahului.

Sasada aced the 17th hole, using an 8-iron for the 78-yard shot, witnessed by Brian Joachim and Bernd Friedman.


Figueroa receives PGA certification

T.J. Figueroa of Kahului has received certification through the PGA Certified Professional Program 2.0, the PGA of America announced Monday.

Figueroa completed requirements for the teaching and coaching category in the all-digital training and education curriculum.


Flag football league seeks players

The Maui Flag Football League, for boys and girls in kindergarten through 8th grade, is forming teams in Kahului, Wailuku, Lahaina, Upcountry and Kihei.

Games will begin Dec. 5.

For more information, email


Little League registration scheduled

Central East Maui Little League will conduct registration for its T-ball through 50/70 divisions on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, at War Memorial Little League Field No. 1 in Wailuku.

Registration forms are to be made available at

For more information, call Wade Kitagawa at 870-9233.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Helekahi earns Player of the Year award

Ashford University junior outside hitter Pakalana Helekahi, a Hana High School graduate, was named the Association of Independent Institutions women’s volleyball player of the year on Thursday.

Helekahi has averaged 4.03 kills and 3.87 digs per set this season, helping Ashford earn a berth in the NAIA tournament – the Saints will play on the road against Mount Vernon Nazarene-Ohio on Saturday.

Ashford junior Tricia Kama, a Lahainaluna graduate, was named to the AII second team. She is averaging 1.96 kills and 0.71 blocks per set.

Another Hana graduate, Jaynalee Hoopai, will play in a national tournament as well. The Yavapai Junior College freshman, who is averaging 2.32 digs per set, helped the Roughriders earn a spot in the NJCAA championships – they will face Western Nebraska on Thursday in Casper, Wyo.


Tarin honored, scores game-winning goal

Baldwin High School graduate Emilie Tarin, a junior at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, scored the decisive goal in a penalty-kick shootout win over UC Merced on Saturday in the California Pacific Conference women’s soccer championship match in Merced, Calif.

Embry-Riddle won the shootout 5-4 after the teams went scoreless in regulation and two overtimes.

Tarin has three goals this season, and was named the conference’s defensive player of the week earlier this month.

Embry-Riddle will play Westmont on Saturday in Santa Barbara, Calif., in the first round of the NAIA tournament.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

High school beach volleyball tourney set

Aloha Volleyball’s first-ever high school beach volleyball tournament will be held Saturday at the club’s sand courts in Kula at 2277 Kekaulike Ave.

Girls competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with boys playing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The entry fee is $25 per two-player team.

For more information and to sign up, visit


Nevada man aces third hole at Pukalani

Tom Fountain of Reno, Nev., made a hole-in-one on Wednesday at Pukalani Country Club.

Fountain aced the 136-yard third hole using a 9-iron. The shot was witnessed by Geno Martinelli, Thomas Benepe and Michelle Kling.


California man gets hole-in-one at Maui Nui

David Frost of Ventura, Calif., registered a hole-in-one at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei on Monday.

Frost used a 6-iron to make the ace on Maui Nui’s 146-yard 12th hole. Witnesses were Rod Fru, Budd Lott and Rich Segur.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Japan beats Hawaii at Asia Pacific Junior Cup

Justin Arcano of Wailuku won his singles match Tuesday at the Asia Pacific Junior Cup, but Team Hawaii lost the tournament to Japan 17.5-14.5.

On the final day of competition at the Waikoloa Kings Course on the Big Island, Arcano defeated Kodai Aoyama 2 up.

Wailuku’s Justin Ngan halved a point with Jigen Serizawa, and Jasmine Cabajar, also of Wailuku, lost to Kohda Ayari 3 and 2.

For the tournament, Arcano finished 2-1-0, Ngan went 0-1-2 and Cabajar was 0-2-1.


Maui paintball team places fourth in Vegas

The Sandbox Kids from Maui finished fourth in Division 4 of the West Coast Paintball Players League Event 4 High Rollers Finale in Las Vegas over the weekend.

The team included Glenn “G.P.” Kakugawa, Patrick “Paddy” Gleason, Ben Pietsch, Dylan Kahl, Jeremiah “Country” Keenan, Garren Ah Wah and Peter “Petey” Logan.

The Maui team went 3-1 in pool play before defeating the Sacramento Outlaws 3-0 in the quarterfinals.

Phoenix Rising won the Division 4 division, which started with 32 teams from around the nation, with Northside Army finishing second and Capitol Edge DMG Uranium third.


Flag football league accepting teams

CrossFit Maui’s 18th annual Hawaii 7-on-7 Flag Football League is scheduled to start on Dec. 19.

Anyone interested in entering a team can call Danny Crowell at 870-4422. The league is accepting the first 11 teams to register.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Mauians compete at Asia Pacific Junior Cup

Jasmine Cabajar and Justin Arcano of Wailuku lost 1 up to Japan’s Yu Osawa and Rio Ishii in an Asia Pacific Junior Cup foursomes match Monday at the Waikoloa Kings Course on the Big Island, and Justin Ngan of Wailuku and Zackary Kaneshiro of Oahu lost 5 and 4 to Ryota Wakahara and Takumi Kanaya.

Cabajar and Ngan halved a match against Sayaka Takahashi and Ryunosuke Sakane on Sunday, while Arcano and Allysha Mae Mateo of Oahu defeated Amu Hiratsuka and Kodai Aoyama 1 up.

Japan leads 9-7 entering today’s singles matches – Arcano is to play Aoyama, Cabajar will face Ayari Kohda and Ngan will meet Jigen Serizawa.


Day of Hope runs slated for Saturday

The Day of Hope 10K Run/5K Run & Walk is scheduled for 7 a.m. Saturday, starting and ending at the Four Seasons Resort Maui in Wailea.

The registration fee is $40 through Wednesday, and will be $50 on Thursday and Friday. Race-day registration will cost $60. Proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society, the Pacific Cancer Foundation and Kapiolani Medical Center.

Breakfast will be provided to participants.

For more information, go to, email or call 891-4100.


Keiki fishing event scheduled for Sunday

The Lahaina Yacht Club’s 38th annual Keiki Fishing Tournament for youths 12 and under is scheduled for Sunday at Lahaina Harbor.

Registration for the free event will begin at 9 a.m., and fishing will end at 11:30 a.m. Each entrant will receive a T-shirt, fishing pole, bait and lunch, which will also be available for parents.

Donations of food, beverages, paper products and cutlery are being sought.

For more information, contact Mike Byrnes or Scott Pearson at or 661-0191.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Softball tryouts scheduled for Nov. 22

Tryouts for the Hawaii Pearls Maui 14-and-under and 16-and-under softball teams are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22 at Kahului Park.

Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and there is no cost.


Madriaga named to conference first team

Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Amber Madriaga, a Baldwin High School graduate, was named to the South Atlantic Conference women’s soccer first team on Wednesday.

Madriaga played in all but two of the Bears’ 18 matches this year, helping the team limit opponents to 15 total goals.


Jorgensen receives Rocky Mountain honor

Colorado State-Pueblo senior forward Amanda Jorgensen, a Baldwin High School graduate, was named to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference women’s soccer second team on Tuesday.

Jorgensen scored six goals in 18 matches this season.


Ratte recognized by North Atlantic

Colby-Sawyer freshman setter/opposite Gabrielle Ratte, a Seabury Hall graduate, was named to the North Atlantic Conference women’s volleyball second team Thursday.

Ratte has averaged 2.80 assists, 1.68 digs and 0.91 kills per set for the Chargers.


Volleyball open gyms set for next week

Hawaiian Style Volleyball will conduct three open-gym workouts next week.

High school sessions are scheduled for 7:30-9 p.m. Monday at Wailuku Gym and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Seabury Hall in Olinda, and an intermediate session is scheduled for 7:30-8:45 p.m. Wednesday at Wailuku Gym.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Softball evaluation clinic scheduled for Nov. 14

Fastpitch Northwest will conduct a softball evaluation clinic on Nov. 14 at Maui High School in Kahului.

The clinic is for players who will graduate from high school from 2017 to 2021. Participants can earn an invitation to Fastpitch Northwest’s College Exposure Championship tournament, scheduled for July in Centralia, Wash.

For more information, call Ken Olson at (360) 790-9173.


Soccer coaching course slated for Dec. 11-13

A Hawaii Youth Soccer Association “E” coaching course will be conducted Dec. 11-13 at Maui Waena Intermediate School in Kahului.

For more information, contact Matthew Snyder at 276-9996 or


Kihei Little League plans Challenger Division

Kihei Little League will conduct registration for its Challenger Division, for youths with physical or mental disabilities, on Dec. 12 and Dec. 19 at Kalama Park in Kihei, from 8 a.m. to noon each day.

For more information, email