Valley Isle Sports/In Brief
Mata’afa earns Pride honors at ‘H Awards’
University of Hawaii redshirt freshman water polo player Lalelei Mata’afa was one of seven recipients of the Pride Award at the seventh annual “H Awards” on Monday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Mata’afa, a 2016 graduate of Lahainaluna High School, had 12 goals in 19 games for the Rainbow Wahine, whose season came to an end Monday after they were not selected to the NCAA tournament field.
Other recipients of the Pride Award were Noah Borden (football), Taylor Donohue (women’s basketball), Adam Kealiher (men’s swimming), Tahna Lindquist (women’s swimming), Payton Osborne (cheerleading) and Kelly Sojka (sailing).
Among other awards presented was the Jack Bonham Award, which is given to the top male and female senior student-athlete who “best exemplifies the ideals for which Jack Bonham stood for in the areas of athletic excellence, academic achievement, public service, leadership and character.” This year’s winners were swimmer Franziska Weidner and baseball player Johnny Weeks.
Munetake named to WCC All-Academic team
Gonzaga junior Tyler Munetake was named to the West Coast Conference All-Academic men’s golf team Friday.
Munetake, a graduate of Baldwin High School, is a business administration major and maintains a 3.50 grade-point average. He was one of three Zags to be named to the all-academic team, joining Ben DuBois and David Ganz.
Toluta’u given Leader of the Pack honors
Kahului pro rugby player Vili Toluta’u was named the Ivar’s Restaurants Leader of the Forward Pack after his play in the Seattle Seawolves’ loss to the Glendale Raptors on Saturday in Seattle.
In his first start for the Major League Rugby’s Seawolves (1-1), Toluta’u played all 80 minutes and scored his first try in the 19-15 loss.
In Seattle’s season opener on April 22, Toluta’u played 70 minutes as a substitute. The Seawolves defeated the San Diego Legion 39-23, earning the first win in franchise history.
Fernandez transfering to Alaska Anchorage
Lahainaluna High School graduate Cameron Fernandez is transfering to the University of Alaska Anchorage, joining current Kamehameha Maui senior Kimani Fernandez-Roy on the Seawolves roster.
Fernandez played as a true freshman for Washington State in 2016-17. She attended WSU this season, but did not play, leaving her with three seasons of eligibility.
Fernandez-Roy recently signed with Alaska-Anchorage.
The Seawolves are coming off a 27-5 season in which they were Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season co-champions and advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament Sweet 16.
Hawaii Junior Golf Day make-up dates set
Wailea Golf Club and the Kaanapali Golf Courses will be celebrating Hawaii Junior Golf Day this month.
The event, which had been postponed in March due to inclement weather, will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on May 19 at Wailea and noon to 2 p.m. on May 26 at Kaanapali. Free clinics for new and beginner youth golfers will be offered, with instruction by PGA professionals.
To register, visit hsjga.org.
Kids Sports Camp set for June 11-15
Hope Chapel’s Kids Sports Camp is scheduled for June 11-15, 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. each day at 300 East Welakahao Road in Kihei.
The camp includes instruction in the following activities: basketball, cheer, tennis, soccer, baseball, frisbee, legos, drama and art. Most are open to boys and girls, ages 8-12, with some activities for those as young as 4. The camp also includes daily bible times and skits.
The cost is $49.
For more information, contact Kealani San Nicolas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 879-3853, ext. 274.