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David Rapanot: Second Molokai boy to win MIL Athlete of Year

June 29, 2014 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my story on David Rapanot from Friday's paper:

David Rapanot's nickname of "Tuff" was earned before he was a year old.

Rapanot was born in January 1996 with pneumonia - forcing him to spend the first two weeks of his life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children.

When he was three months old, he was diagnosed with asthma. At six months and nine months of age he had to be flown to Oahu by air ambulance due to severe asthma attacks.

"His two older brothers, Scottie & Ryan, along with my husband Scott & I used to always whisper in his ears that he has to be 'TUFF' & come back home to us on Molokai," his mother, Kim, wrote in an email. "That is how he got his nickname."

David Rapanot now stands a solid 5-foot-11, weighs 175 pounds and excels at most any sport he tries.

After a senior year at Molokai High School during which he gained Maui Interscholastic League first-team All-Star recognition in eight-player football and Division II basketball, and was the coaches' unanimous choice as MIL D-II Player of the Year in baseball, Rapanot is The Maui News MIL Boy Athlete of the Year, becoming the school's second recipient of the honor.

Click here for the rest of the story.


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