Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

DeWilde places ninth at sailing regatta

Kane DeWilde of Lahaina Yacht Club took ninth place in the open class at the North American Open Bic Championship Regatta that took place Friday to Sunday in Miami.

DeWilde finished 12th overall in the event, which had 47 boats.


Murakane aces No. 16 at Waiehu

Leila Murakane of Kahului recorded a hole-in-one

on March 16 at Waiehu Municipal Golf Course.

Murakane aced the 16th hole, using a driver for the 112-yard shot, which was witnessed by Claire Pinto, Malia Hokoana and Leona Yap.


Flatbread fundraiser to help polo teams

A fundraiser to benefit the Maui Polo Club interscholastic teams is scheduled for Tuesday at The Flatbread Co. in Paia.

A portion of proceeds from pizza sales will go to the teams, and a raffle is also scheduled.

Donations can also be made at


Big League meeting scheduled for April 8

A general organizational meeting for Maui Big League baseball is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on April 8 at the conference room of the Dorvin Leis Co. building in Kahului.

For more information, contact Kelly Fliear at 870-2755 or

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Washington man aces hole at Wailea Blue

Doug Campbell of Edmonds, Wash., made a hole-inone at the Wailea Blue Course on Friday.

Campbell used a 19-degree hybrid to ace the 165-yard 15th hole. Witnesses were Boyd Gavin and Jack Brown.


Valley to the Sea to be held on Saturday

The sixth annual Valley to the Sea Marathon/Half Mara-thon 5K/10K is scheduled for Saturday.

All running events will start at 6:30 a.m.

The marathon will take runners from the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary in Kihei up to Iao Valley State Park and back to the whale sanctuary. The half marathon starts at Iao Valley and ends at the sanctuary.

The 5K and 10K races start and end at the sanctuary.

For those participating in the half marathon, a shuttle bus will leave at 5:30 a.m. from the sanctuary.

Medals will be given out to all marathon and half marathon finishers. The top three finishers in each age division of each race will also receive awards.

Packet pickup is Friday at Sports Authority in Kahului, from 5 to 7 p.m.

For more information and to register, visit or call Rudy Huber at 280-5801.


Ian Walsh’s Menehune Mayhem set for April 4

The 12th annual Ian Walsh Menehune Mayhem is scheduled to run on Saturday, April 4 at Hookipa Beach Park.

The free surf event is open for keiki ages 17 and under. The event focuses on skill, sportsmanship and scholarship.

In addition to surfing, other activities include a scavenger hunt, a keiki art center, a surf art contest, taiko drummers, an ukulele band and a pro surfer signing center.

Entry forms are due by Saturday and are available at and at Hi Tech Surf Shops in Kahului and Paia, Sporting Club of the Pacific in Paia and Deep Relief Athletic Training Center in Haiku.

For more information, email


Pop Warner coaches testing, registration set

Coaches testing for the upcoming Maui Pop Warner football season is set for April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Waikapu Community Center.

All coaches must attend this testing in order to be considered for a coaching position this season. Coaches must present a copy of their identification at the time of testing.

On May 17, Maui Pop Warner will be holding its player registration from 9 to 11 a.m. The Kulamalu, Lahaina and Kihei teams will be holding registration at their respective home fields, while Wailuku, Kahului, Sabers, Mustangs and Crusaders will have registration at the War Memorial Complex field.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Kekaulike Football golf tourney set for June 13

The second annual Kekaulike Football Golf Tournament is scheduled for June 13 at the Pukalani Country Club with a 7 a.m. shotgun start. The event will help raise funds for the football program’s equipment and travel expenses.

The entry fee for the four-person scramble is $100 per player. This fee covers contest entry fees and an awards banquet. Hole-in-one prizes include a $10,000 cash prize, choice of a premium electronic package or cruise, and round-trip airline tickets.

The entry deadline is June 5 and the event is also seeking sponsors.

For more information, contact head coach Kyle Sanches at kyle_sanches@notes.k12. or King Kekaulike High School at 573-8710.


Johnston aces No. 7 at Maui Nui Golf Club

Terry Johnston of Woodstock, New Brunswick, made a hole-in-one at Maui Nui Golf Club on Monday.

Johnston used a hybrid club to ace the 178-yard seventh hole. Witnesses were Michael Johnston, Joel Golfman and Scott Wooding.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Maui cheerleaders win at national competition

The Hawaii All-Star Restricted Level 5 squad, also known as Hawaii 5-0, won its division at the National Cheerleaders Association All-Star Nationals in Dallas on March 1.

This year’s national competition included over 13,000 teams.

Hawaii 5-0 beat out eight other teams from around the country to win the Level 5 Small Senior Restricted Small Gym division. Team members were Ashlee Sawai, Chaston Abut, Breeann Joaquin, Laurell Malaqui-Sanchez, Chloe Lawrence, Krysta Freitas, Jonathon You, Tayler Pelligrino-Hayase, Samantha Saribay, Ally Yonohara, Mishalei Coloma Mariano, Alijah Barrino, Maikela Takamiya, Courtney Ruidas, Elysse Phillips, Daniel Kapua, Kayla Sniffen, Ceilia Sanchez, Hunter Logan, Caitlin Villarosa and Bryson Barron.

The Hawaii All-Stars will compete next in the USA?All-Star Championships in Anaheim, Calif., March 28-29, and The Summit All Level Championship in Orlando, Fla., May 3-4.

Hawaii All-Star tryouts will be held on May 7 and 8. For more information, call coach Kealii Molina at 269-1066 or visit


Maui 5K scheduled for March 29

The fourth annual Maui 5K will be held on March 29 at the Maalaea Triangle.

The all-ages event includes a 5K run and 1-mile run/walk. Early online registration is $20, increasing to $25 on Sunday.

All proceeds benefit Maui County schools’ physical fitness, play and athletic programs.

For more information, visit


Keawala’i Church golf tourney set

Keawala’i Congregational Church’s 17th annual golf tournament will be held on March 29 at The Dunes at Maui Lani.

The tournament is an 18-hole, four-person team scramble open to all golfers. The entry fee is $98 per person and includes golf, cart, prizes, donation and a buffet dinner at Cafe O Lei. Entries close on March 22.

The event benefits the Local Mission Fund at Keawala’i.

To sign up, call the church office at 879-5557. For more information, call 879-2031.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Pietsch named UAA rookie of the year

Daniel Pietsch, the 2014 400-meter state champion for Seabury Hall, was named the University Athletic Association indoor track and field rookie of the year after winning the conference title in his specialty for Emory University last week in Chicago.

Pietsch won the 400 in 49.36 seconds, and finished sixth in the 200 with a time of 24.37 in the finals.

Pietsch and the Eagles will compete today at the Pointers National Qualifer in Stevens Point, Wisc., the team’s final meet before the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Richmond places 11th in 100 butterfly

Renny Richmond, a University of Arizona sophomore and Seabury Hall graduate, finished 11th in the 100-yard butterfly at the Pacific-12 Conference Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday in Federal Way, Wash.

Richmond, a four-time state high school champion and former junior national champion in the event, finished third in the B final in 47.20 seconds, worth six team points for the Wildcats. He swam a season-best 47.09 in the morning preliminaries.

Richmond also swam the butterfly leg on the Arizona B team that finished seventh in the 400 medley relay in 3:12.91 on Friday.

Baldwin graduate Jonah Hu, a Southern California freshman, was 21st in the 100 breaststroke in 55.36 on Friday. Hu, who set the state record in the event last year for Baldwin, swam a lifetime-best 54.52 in the morning preliminaries.

Today is the final day of the meet – Hu is seeded 18th in the 200 breaststroke, while Richmond is seeded 24th in the 100 freestyle.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Mauians compete at Pac-12 championships

University of Arizona sophomore Renny Richmond finished 16th in the 50-yard freestyle and swam on two top-five relays in the first two days of the Pacific-12 Conference men’s swimming and diving championships in Federal Way, Wash.

Richmond, a six-time Hawaii state high school champion for Seabury Hall, anchored the Wildcats’ 200 free relay to fourth place on Thursday after he scored individual points in the 50. Richmond’s relay split was 19.43 seconds, while his individual 50 finals time was 20.09 after he qualified at 20.00.

On the opening day of the event Wednesday, Richmond swam the third leg of the Wildcats’ 800 free relay team that finished fifth in 6:27.00. He also swam the butterfly leg on the Arizona B team that finished ninth in the 200 medley relay on Wednesday.

Jonah Hu, a Baldwin graduate and Southern California freshman, finished 20th in the 200 individual medley in 1:49.64 on Thursday.

The meet runs through Saturday.


Maui Girls Softball event set for Saturday

The Maui Girls Softball Association is holding its opening ceremonies on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kahului School field No. 1.

In addition to supporting their favorite softball team, attendees are asked to bring used clothes, shoes, blankets and other items for a Big Brothers Big Sisters donation drive.

In the event of a rainout, the ceremonies will be rescheduled for March 14.

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Ohana Martial Arts keiki win national titles

Ohana Martial Arts fighters Jayson Bareng, Brayden Fontanilla and Evan Reed all went undefeated on their way to winning their division at the Compete Nationals karate championships, held Feb. 20-22 in Ontario, Calif.

Competing in the 16-17 age group, Bareng claimed the title in the brown/red belt division. Fontanilla was victorious in the 13 blue belt division and Reed won the 12 brown/red belt division.


Sabers football preparing for spring

As the Maui High School football team readies for spring practices, coach Keith Shirota is reminding incoming freshman and present Sabers interested in the joining to be prepared.

Spring football practices begin in May. In order to participate, students must have a current physical and guardian consent form on file with the school’s trainer.

After-school strength training is already underway. Participation is recommended for current Maui High students who are not involved in other sports at this time.

For forms and information about strength training days, see coach Shirota in the weight room before school, or during morning or lunch recesses, or call him at 727-4095.


Save the date for Paddle Imua on May 9

The fourth annual Paddle Imua, a benefit for Imua Family Services’ Camp Imua, is scheduled for May 9.

The multi-discipline paddle race starts at 10 a.m. at Maliko Gulch and finishes at Hawaiian Canoe Club in Kahului Harbor.

The event is open to men and women of all ages in stand-up paddleboard, OC-1, OC-2, prone paddleboard and surf ski.

Pre-registration opens in April.


USTA adult league begins May 9

Registration for the USTA Adult 18 and Over Tennis League begins March 31.

The season runs from May 9 through July 19. For new and lapsed players, the Maui District Tennis Association is offering free USTA membership for one year.

For more information, contact league coordinator Marie Holmberg at or 283-3304.


USA Basketball 3×3 tourney coming to Oahu

The Maui Sports Academy is hosting the first-ever official FIBA and USA Basketball sanctioned 3×3 event in Hawaii, the Hawaii Region USA Basketball 3×3 U18 Qualifying Tournament on March 29 at Kaiser High School in Honolulu.

The free tournament is open to boys and girls born on or after Jan. 1, 1997. Participants must be U.S. citizens and Hawaii residents currently in high school. Teams will consist of four players.

All participants must register online at by March 27. No registration will be allowed on the day of the event.

Four boys and four girls will be selected to represent Hawaii at the USA Basketball 3×3 U18 National Tournament to be held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 1-3.

For a link to the registration page and for more information, visit

Valley Isle Sports / In Brief

Track and field officials needed for MIL meets

The Maui Interscholastic League is seeking volunteer track and field officials.

Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to contact Allan Fernandez at No experience is necessary.

MIL meets are held weekly. In addition, this year’s state meet will be held at Yamamoto Track & Field Facility in May.


Registration open for Ohana Futbol season

The Ohana Futbol Association is currently holding registration for its spring youth soccer season.

The season will run from April 18 to July 6, with all games played at Eddie Tam fields in Makawao.

The fee for unregistered players is $30 for U8 to U12 and $35 for U13 and up. There is a $10 discount for registered players.

Player registration forms, team registration forms and payment are due no later than April 10 in order to play in the first games. Forms and payment can be mailed or dropped off to Ben Walin at 2145 Wells St., #105, Wailuku 96793.

Forms are available at For more information, text or call Dion Ruidas at 357-1387 or email


Taya aces No. 3 at Wailea Gold Course

Chiaki Taya of Yokohama, Japan, recorded a hole-in-one Thursday at the Wailea Gold Course.

Taya used a 9 wood to ace the 153-yard third hole. Tetsuya Taya was the witness.