MIL sports for remainder of week scratched due to hurricane threat

Football games moved to end of season

All interscholastic sports across the state scheduled for today through the weekend were canceled Tuesday because of the weather threat from Hurricane Lane.

Maui Interscholastic League football games scheduled for this weekend have been shifted to the final weekend of October.

Maui High School will travel to Kanaiaupuni Stadium to face Kamehameha Maui on Oct. 26 and Lahainaluna hosts King Kekaulike at Sue Cooley Stadium on Oct. 27.

The final weekend in October had been designated to be the championship weekend to decide state tournament berths for Divisions I and II, if necessary.

Those possible games have now been moved back on week, to Nov. 2-3. The Hawaii High School Athletic Association state tournaments for each division begin the weekend of Nov. 9-10.

“We’ve got two weeks of byes before the state tournaments,” MIL executive director Joe Balangitao said. “We’re just going to move the games from this coming weekend to that spot over there, so that’s the way it is, I guess.”

State Department of Education superintendent Christina Kishimoto sent out a letter to parents on Tuesday that all extra-curricular activities were canceled from today until Monday.

“Effective Wednesday, August 22, all after-school activities and programs including inter-scholastic athletic events are canceled for the rest of this week and will resume on Monday, August 27. All school-related inter-island travel this week will be canceled as well,” Kishimoto’s letter read.

“The superintendant gave the orders,” Balangitao said. “We have got to go by what they tell us.”

Balangitao said that bowling matches and a cross country meet slated for Saturday have also been scrubbed and could be rescheduled.

Molokai’s eight-player football game set for Friday at Hana — the first game of the MIL season — was also called off and could be rescheduled.

Girls volleyball matches were played as scheduled on Tuesday, but the rest of the week’s slate were wiped out, but should be rescheduled as soon as possible, according to MIL volleyball coordinator Robert Dougherty, the athletic director at Seabury Hall.

“We’re just going to reschedule them,” Doughterty said. “Just whenever we can fit them it. A lot of it is going to depend on reffing, making sure we have enough refs to do the certain games. I just put it out to the coaches and ADs to let me know what days would be good for them to let me know what days would be good for them. It shouldn’t be a problem.”

DOE schools are not allowed to practice the rest of the week.

Balangitao said he hopes this is the only glitch in the schedule this fall.

“Everything should be good as long as we don’t have another hurricane,” Balangitao said. “I guess it remains to be seen, but hopefully there’s not another one coming.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

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