Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Machida earns strength and conditioning award

Cal Lutheran senior diver Sheyenne Machida, a Maui High School graduate, was one of her college’s four seniors to receive the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year Award earlier this month.

The awards recognize “athletic accomplishments and dedication to strength training and conditioning, as determined by the strength and conditioning coach at the given institution” and “academic and personal accomplishments as well as overall integrity.”

Machida finished second in the one-meter and three-meter competitions at the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships in March, setting school records with both of her scores. She also competes for the Regals’ track and field team as a pole vaulter.


Dirt-track races scheduled for Saturday

Dirt-track races are scheduled for Saturday at Paradise Speedway Maui in Puunene, starting after a 5:30 p.m. drivers meeting.

Spectator gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Spectator admission will cost $12 for adults and $5 for youths 6-12, with no charge for anyone 5 and under.

For more information, go to


Maui Sports Academy to conduct Oahu camp

Maui Sports Academy’s Hawaii High School Basketball Exposure Camp for boys varsity players is scheduled for June 4-8 at Kalani High School on Oahu.

The fee is $400, and financial assistance is available. Registration can be completed at

For more information, email or call (270) 977-6905.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Crozier aces No. 3 at Maui Country Club

Frank Crozier of Wailuku recorded a hole-in-one on April 8 at Maui Country Club in Spreckelsville.

Crozier aced the third hole, using a 4-iron for the 191-yard shot, which was witnessed by Jim Brenner, Hugh England, Phil Ronis, Bill Sands and Jackson Stisher.


Public Links qualifier scheduled for June 14

A sectional qualifier for the U.S. Amateur Public Links is scheduled for June 14 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.

Amateurs with a handicap of 4.4 or lower are eligible, and can apply at The registration deadline is 11 a.m. on May 28.

Sectionals will send qualifiers directly to the national championship, scheduled for July 14-19 at Sand Creek Station in Newton, Kan.

For more information, call Nathan Kurisu at 205-8336.


Pair of swimmers win national yardage titles

Two swimmers from Upcountry Pool in Pukalani were named age-division winners earlier this month in a national fitness event that took place in February.

Andrea Harris took first place in the women’s 60-64 division, and BK Griesemer topped the 70-74 division.

The event, sponsored by Oregon’s Tualatin Hills Barracudas, involved swimmers charting the yards they recorded during February and submitting their totals.

Harris reported swimming 180,150 yards. Griesemer reported a total of 44,580.

Theresa Cain was fourth in the women’s 70-74 division with 13,302 yards. Two men’s entrants placed sixth – Ron Montgomery in the 65-69 division with 36,000 yards, and Ron Cain in the 70-74 division with 36,831 yards.

Upcountry had 18 total participants, the sixth-highest amount, and was seventh in total yards (682,822). Upcountry’s other entrants were DJ Endy-Habib, Dawn Jernail, Cassie Mallen, Joanne Murray, Glenn Shishido, John Wilson, Charles Bedell, Kimo Harris, Maggie Sutrov, Pattie Bedell, Janet Laws, Catherine Willis-O’Connor and Craig Smith.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Naming ceremony at Baldwin gym Thursday

Baldwin High School in Wailuku will conduct a ceremony naming its gymnasium after former athletic director Jon Garcia from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and the event is open to the public. Parking will be available at the Baldwin upper campus, or at War Memorial Gym.


Meeting April 22 for District III Big League

A registration meeting for the Little League Baseball’s District III Big League division is scheduled for 6 to7 p.m. on April 22 at the cafeteria at Lihikai Elementary School in Kahului.

For more information, call Kelly Fliear at 870-2755.


Testing for Pop Warner coaches on April 22

Final testing for Pop Warner football coaches is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. on April 22 at the Waikapu Community Center.

A copy of identification must be provided, and the test is required to coach in the league.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Maui Polo Club season will start Sunday

The Maui Polo Club’s spring season will begin Sunday with a match against an Oahu team at the Haleakala Ranch’s Manduke Baldwin Arena in Pukalani.

Gates will open at 11 a.m., and the match is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $10, with no fee for youths 12 and under. The match will be followed by music from Mark Johnstone and Justin Favell.

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Golf tournament at Kaanapali on May 3

The LahainaTown Action Committee Golf Classic is scheduled for May 3 at the Kaanapali Royal Course, with registration at 7 a.m. and a shotgun start at 8 a.m.

The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $125 per player, which also pays for use of a cart, and admission to a luncheon and an awards ceremony.

For more information, go to or call Lynn Donovan at 667-9175.


All-female running event set for May 3 Kaan

Na Holo Wahine 5K Run and 1-Mile Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. on May 3, starting and ending at Keopuolani Park in Kahului.

The entry fee until until April 27 for the female-only event is $25 for individuals, and $30 for mother-daughter teams. Registration on race day will increase by $5. Valley Isle Road Runner members will receive a $5 discount. Race proceeds will benefit Hale Kau Kau.

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Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Baxter finishes sweep of Brazil SUP events

Connor Baxter of Pukalani completed a sweep of the Stand Up World Series’ Alagoas Pro Grand Slam events Sunday in Brazil, adding a long-distance victory to his win in Saturday’s sprint race.

Kody Kerbox of Haiku was second in the long-distance race, and finished third in the combined standings, behind Australia’s Jake Jenson, who was third in the distance race.


Nguyen withdraws from Saturday’s bout

An injury to boxer Dan Nguyen has prompted him to be withdrawn from a fight scheduled for Saturday.

The Baldwin High School graduate has a pulled muscle, according to his camp.

Adrian Perez has replaced Nguyen for the bout against Oscar Valdez at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.


Maui Pop Warner registration on May 4

Player registration for Maui Pop Warner football is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on May 4 at the War Memorial Stadium overflow field in Wailuku for Upcountry, Central Maui, and Kihei youths, and at the Lahaina Recreation Center field for Lahaina youths.

The fees are $55 for players ages 5-7, and $85 for players 8 and older.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Maui Cheer Babes win national titles

The Maui Cheer Babes teams claimed titles at the the USA All-Star National Championships in Anaheim, Calif., last weekend.

Pink Ambition won the large youth level 1 division national title, and Gold Fierce, competing in the small youth level 2 division, won a national championship, and the national small gym crown.

Pink Ambition comprised Danielle Bridge, Chelsie Constantino, Christina Damore, Stephanie Duarte, Kiana Dudoit, Kayla Mae Dudoit, Sydney Fabric, Jaiya Flores, Tyna Kahiamoe, Tayte Kamoku, Takara Kiesel, Abseydee Lizada, Gisele Madariaga, Danica Madariaga, Anisa Nicolas-Kaiwi, Kianna Niles, Kaylen Pali, Melina Perez, Natasyha Peterson, Paris Tabuga, Heather Soberano, Teija Sniffen, Kraig Westberg, Sophie Villarosa, Sienna Racoma and Alecxy Soberano. The Gold Fierce roster was made up of Shaely Anderson, Chelsie Constantino, Jenna Boggs, Eliza Esteban, Shyra Dudoit-Caban, Jaiya Flores, Tyna Kahiamoe, Shacedy Dudoit-Higa, Tayte Kamoku, Tiera Kapoi, Takara Kiesel, Kianna Niles, Natea Rosete-Tokuhisa, Teija Sniffen and Kayla Westberg.

Both teams were coached by Michelle Sniffen, Ella Kahiamoe and Denise Texeira.


Pair of aces recorded at Elleair

Two Kihei golfers recorded holes-in-one on Sunday at Elleair Maui Golf Club in Kihei.

Kimo Thomas aced the 17th hole, using a 9-iron for the 154-yard shot, which was witnessed by Shawn Villenue.

Barry Ewing’s ace was on the 12th hole – he used a 6-iron for the 140-yard shot, witnessed by John Romlein.


Trotto places third at world championships

Mary Trotto of Kihei placed third out three in the women’s 65 pole vault at the World Masters Athletics championships last week in Budapest, Hungary, clearing 1.10 meters.

She was fourth out of four in the triple jump (4.51), and sixth of eight in the javelin (16.61).


Lahaina Canoe Club to conduct registration

Lahaina Canoe Club registration is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. on April 13 at Hanakaoo (Canoe) Beach Park.

The fees are $30 for youths, $125 for adults and $185 for families.

Also, the club’s Restaurant Races, set for May 3, are accepting teams from all Maui businesses. The registration fee is $100 per crew.

The club is accepting donations as well.

For more information, call Michael Rains at 269-6045.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Baldwin to name gym after Garcia

Baldwin High School in Wailuku will conduct a ceremony naming its gymnasium after former athletic director Jon Garcia from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 17.

Garcia retired in 2006 after 20 years as the school’s AD. He was the Bears’ boys basketball coach from 1972 to 1995.

Parking for the event will be available at the Baldwin upper campus, or at War Memorial Gym, the school has said.


Youth soccer season begins April 26

The Ohana Futbol Association spring season is scheduled for April 26-June 14, with all games played at the Eddie Tam Complex in Makawao.

The fee for players already registered with the association is $20. New registration is $30 for under-10 and below, and $35 for under-11 through under-14. Forms can be downloaded at

To reserve a spot for a team, contact Timmy Akina at 870-0498 or For new registration, email or call Kekane Ruidas at 357-5412.


Maui Roller Girls match set for Saturday

The Maui Roller Girls will conduct an intrasquad match Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Central Maui Boys & Girls Club in Wailuku.

Admission for the event, billed as “Heroes vs. Villains,” will be free.