Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ruper aces No. 17 at Maui Nui

George Ruper of Kihei recorded a hole-in-one at Maui Nui Golf Club on June 10.

Ruper aced the 17th hole, using an 8-iron for the 138-yard shot, which was witnessed by Mike Pelham.


Maui United falls in regional quarterfinals

The Maui United Soccer Club’s 2002 boys team was eliminated from the U.S. Youth Soccer Western Regional in Boise, Idaho, on Friday with a 1-0 loss to the Las Vegas Soccer Association in an under-14 division quarterfinal match.

Maui finished the tournament with a 2-2-0 record.

LVSA (3-0-1) advances to face Real Colorado National (2-1-1) today in a semifinal match.


Registration to start for 65 tennis league

A Maui USTA 65-and-over league is scheduled to have matches from Aug. 28 to Oct. 16.

Players can begin to register on July 9.

For more information, go to or call Jody Singsank at 344-4215.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Keiki tilapia tournament scheduled for Sept. 4

Maui Electric Co.’s eighth annual Keiki Tilapia Fishing Tournament is scheduled for 7:30-9 a.m. on Sept. 4 at the Royal Kaanapali Golf Course.

The event is for youths 2-18 years old. The entry fee is $20, which also pays for a T-shirt. Entry forms are available at the Maui Electric building in Kahului, the golf course shop and New Maui Fishing Supply and Maui Sporting Goods in Wailuku.

The deadline to enter is June 22, and the field is limited to 600 participants.


Three-on-three basketball event slated for July 2-3

Ohana Maui will conduct a three-on-three basketball tournament July 2-3 at the Lahaina Civic Center outdoor courts.

All teams with players 16 and under will be admitted at no charge. For 17-and-over teams, space is limited and a fee of $20 will be charged.

For more information, call (931) 308-1197.


Jones records ace at Pukalani’s 16th hole

Jimmy Jones of Pukalani recorded a hole-in-one at Pukalani Country Club on June 12.

Jones aced the 16th hole, using a 7-iron for the 190-yard shot, which was witnessed by Mikoi Shishido, Kevin Abulow and Randy Abreu.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Coaching positions open at Maui High

Maui High School is accepting applications for coaches for girls volleyball and boys wrestling.

Applications can be sent to athletic director Michael Ban at, and the deadline to apply is Monday.


Nakajima named GM of Kapalua Golf

Alex Nakajima was named the general manager at Kapalua Golf earlier this week by Troon Golf Kapalua.

Nakajima had been the GM at Princeville Makai Golf Club since 2009. He replaces Mike Jones, who spent more than eight years as Kapalua Golf’s GM, but has moved to Pennsylvania.

Nakajima was named Troon’s general manager of the year in 2015.


TriLanai City Run set for Aug. 13

The sixth annual TriLanai City Run is scheduled for Aug. 13.

The event will have 5-kilometer, 10-kilometer and 21-kilometer distances, and a keiki run around Dole Park.

Registration can be completed at

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Baldwin, Manley earn Kaimana scholarships

Recent graduates Cendall Manley of Molokai High School and Joey Baldwin of Kihei Charter were among 15 student athletes honored at the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program luncheon Sunday at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.

Each student received a $5,000 scholarship. The Kaimana program recognizes high school seniors who excel not only on the playing field and in the classroom, but also in their communities.

This spring, Manley won the girls wrestling state championship at 168 pounds, and Baldwin won his fourth straight Maui Interscholastic League boys tennis singles title while representing Maui High.

Other recipients were Destiny Jarrett-Stroud of Makua Lani, Jordan Virtue of Hawaii Prep, Serena Le of Punahou, Shaylin Marn of Kamehameha Kapalama, Sergei Scharer of Saint Louis, Ai Yokogawa of Hawaii Baptist, Devon Hartsell of Waimea, Makenna Olson of Island School, Alexa Anderson of Kalaheo, Samantha Churchill of Kalani, Vanessa Roybal of Mililani, Rylan Tangonan of Castle and Emily Wong of Kaimuki.

In addition, nine high schools were recognized and received $1,500. The MIL winners were Lanai (small school) and King Kekaulike (large school).


Wong wins King Auto Group championship

Summer Wong of Haiku won the girls 12-and-under title at the King Auto Group State Junior Championship on Sunday at Hawaii Prince Golf Course on Oahu.

Wong closed with an 8-over-par 80 to finish at 10-over 154, five shots better than Kayli Chrisan Bunyan (77) of Oahu.


Illinois man aces No. 17 at Maui Nui

George L. Ruper of Rockton, Ill., hit his first ever hole-in-one Friday at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

Ruper used an 8-iron to ace the 131-yard 17th hole. The shot was witnessed by Mike Pelham.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Goodwin aces No. 3 at Maui Nui Golf Club

Phil Goodwin of Kihei recorded a hole-in-one on June 2 at Maui Nui Golf Club in Kihei.

Goodwin aced the third hole, using a 6-iron for the 117-yard shot, which was witnessed by Sharon Ferrell and Larry Harding.


Waiehu Junior Golf accepting students

Waiehu Golf Academy and the Waiehu Junior Golf Program are accepting applications.

For more information, go to the Waiehu Municipal Golf Course pro shop or call 244-4414.


Parents meeting set for Wailuku Junior Tennis

The Wailuku Junior Tennis Club, which is for youths 8 to 18 years old, will conduct a parents meeting for 2016-17 at 5:30 p.m. on June 20 at the Wells Park Courts in Wailuku.

Registration forms will be distributed.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Iao Valley 10K scheduled for July 16

The Valley Isle Road Runners’ Iao Valley 10K is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on July 16, starting and ending at the municipal parking lot at Vineyard street in Wailuku.

The entry fees are $25 for VIRR members and $35 for nonmembers until 11 p.m. on July 14. Race-day registration will cost $45. Registration can be completed at

Packet pickup is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 15 at Request Music in Wailuku.

For more information, email Joe Alueta at


Luna-Beamer finishes second at USTA event

Hoohieokala Luna-Beamer finished as the runner-up in the girls 12 division at the USTA Summer Junior Section Championships that took place Thursday to Sunday at Central Oahu Regional Park, and four other Maui singles players finished in the top six.

Luna-Beamer won four matches before Katelyn Corpuz earned a 6-2, 6-0 victory in the final.

Keanu Ellen finished fourth in boys 18, Nikki Fernando was fifth in girls 16, Kaitlyn Ralar was fifth in girls 15 and Hobbes Wilstead was sixth in boys 14.


Kahane aces No. 2 at Waiehu

Melvin Kahane of Wailuku recorded a hole-in-one Sunday at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.

Kahane aced the second hole, using an 8-iron for the 120-yard shot, which was witnessed by Lance Molina, Stan Lawson and Annie Chen.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Baldwin cheer tryouts set to start June 20

Tryouts for the Baldwin High School cheer team is scheduled for June 20-24 at the Bears’ gym in Wailuku.

Sessions run from 2 to 4 p.m. each day. Students need a current athletic physical and emergency card turned in prior to tryout.

Prior to tryouts, a parent informational meeting will be held on June 15 from 5-6 p.m. at the Baldwin gym.

For more information, contact coach Kealii Molina at or 269-1066.


Next Level hoops camp to be held June 20-24

BasketballMaui’s Next Level Camp is scheduled for June 20-24, with sessions being held at both War Memorial Gym in Wailuku and Lahaina Civic Center.

The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7-18. Clinics will be held each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Early registration is $99. After June 13, the fee is $125.

For more information and to register, visit


Registration open for Upcountry flag football

The deadline to register for the Upcountry Panthers NFL flag football team is July 15.

Football divisions are pre-kindergarten, kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd-5th grades, 6th-8th grades and 9th-12th grades. Cheerleading is also available to children in grades pre-K, K-2 and 3-5.

The registration fee is $100 for football and $50 for cheer. Discounts are available for multiple players living in the same household.

The season runs from Aug. 1 to Nov. 30.

Coaches are also needed.

For more information, call (808) 264-1949.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Three Maui golfers earn junior world spots

Three golfers from Maui earned spots in the IMG Academy Junior World Championships with their performances at a qualifier that took place Saturday and Sunday at Wai-lua Golf Course on Kauai.

Advancing to the July event, scheduled for multiple courses in San Diego, were Payten Shimizu of Wailuku, who placed third in the girls 11-12 division, Lana Calibuso-Kwee of Wailuku, who tied for third in girls 13-14 and Reece Guzman of Kahului, who tied for fifth in girls 15-17.

Shimizu closed with a 7-over-par 80 to finish at 9-over 155. Calibuso-Kwee (81) had a 158 and Guzman (79) had a 152 total.


Soccer club to conduct tryouts next week

The Maui Cobras Soccer Club has scheduled tryouts for next week at the lower field at the Hannibal Tavares Community Center in Pukalani.

Tryouts for girls born in 2003 or 2004 will take place Monday from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Tryouts for boys born from 2006 to 2009 will take place June 10 from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call Brian Ventura at 281-1925.


Pohai Na Keiki Nalu scheduled for Saturday

The 23rd annual Pohai Na Keiki Nalu (Gathering of the Surf Kids) is scheduled for Saturday at Launiupoko Beach Park in Lahaina.

The event is for youths 12 and under, and will have shortboard, longboard and stand-up paddling divisions.

The event has no entry fee. Registration can be completed at Hi-Tech Surf Sports in Kahului, Kihei or Paia, or Honolua Surf Co. in the Lahaina Cannery Mall. All entrants will receive a T-shirt.

For more information, call 877-2111.