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Star-Bulletin Sports

Wednesday, March 1, 2000



Athletes of the Week

Caylene Valdez

Valdez, a freshman, won the 108-pound class by pin to help lead the Menehune to their second consecutive state wrestling championship.

Gerald Welch

The senior won his second state individual wrestling title, competing at 189 pounds. The University of Hawaii football-signee was second in the state both other years.

Honor Roll

Outstanding performers in high school sports last week includes:


Bullet Jason Mandaquit, Hilo: The point guard was named Most Valuable Player of the Hawaiian Airlines Boys' State Basketball Championships after leading the Vikings past St. Louis Crusaders, 68-55, in Friday's final.

Bullet Kimo Keiter-Charles, Hilo: The guard scored 16 points in the championship victory, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bullet Wesley Martinez, Hilo: The forward scored 16 points and had eight rebounds in the championship victory, and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bullet Junior Wong, St. Louis: Scored 19 points to lead an inspired Crusaders' comeback attempt in the state final. Was named to the All-Tournament Team.

Bullet D.C. Daniels, Kalaheo: The state tournament's leading scorer led the Mustangs to fifth-place.

Bullet Cliff Dagulo, Baldwin: The point guard led the Bears' patient offense in a state tournament first-round 35-32 upset of Radford. Named to All-Tournament Team.

Bullet Chad Kapanui, Roosevelt: Scored 17 points and led the Rough Riders over Baldwin in the state tournament third-place game. Named to All-Tournament Team.

Bullet Kalvin Koverman, St. Louis: The 6-foot-1 senior helped the Crusaders get into the state final by limiting the offense of 6-5 Ikaika Alama Francis of Kalaheo in the quarterfinals and 6-7 Maulia LaBarre of Roosevelt in the semifinals.


Bullet Ken Kakesako, Iolani: The senior won his second consecutive individual state championship, this one at 125 pounds, to help lead the Raiders to the overall crown.

Bullet Taylor Takata, Iolani: Another senior who moved up in weight (to 140) to win another state championship and pace the Raiders.

Bullet Jonathan Spiker, St. Louis: The freshman, who has won 18 national judo championships and has never lost a wrestling match on Oahu, captured the state championship in the 135-pound class.

Bullet Travis Lee, St. Louis: Won at 119 pounds for his second state championship. The junior has appeared in three straight finals. The last time he lost to a Hawaii wrestler was in the state final as a freshman, when he lost in the last 10 seconds of the match.

Bullet Kawika Casco, Lahainaluna: Dominated his opponent in the 152-pound class to win his second state title.

Bullet Saia Lotulelei, Maui: Was victorious at 215 pounds, also winning his second state meet final.

Bullet Kareem Pfeifle, Maui: Won the only finals match decided by a pin when he upset top-seeded Jon Bareng of Moanalua 22 seconds into the third round of the 112-pound match.


Bullet Stephany Lee, Moanalua: Helped lead the Menehune to the state meet championship with an individual victory in the 140-pound class. Lee won her championship match with a pin at 4:51.

Bullet Malama Sylve, Leilehua: Was the only repeat individual winner at the state championships, taking the 220-pound class title with a pin at 4:38.


Bullet Joel Kawachi, Moanalua: Led the Menehune girls' wrestling team to its second state championship (in as many years of the state meet's existence), despite graduating all four of the team's state-meet placers from a year ago.

Bullet Carl Schroers, Iolani: Coached the Raiders' boys to victory in the Data House State Wrestling Championships with depth - only two Iolani wrestlers won finals. It's Iolani's first title since 1996.

Bullet Larry Manliguis, Hilo: Led the Vikings through an extremely balanced field to win the Hawaiian Airlines Boys' State Basketball Championships. Manliguis also coached Hilo to the 1991 title, and lost in 1992 in triple-overtime to Kamehameha.


A male and female athlete will be selected each week based on their performances of the previous week. To nominate, call the Star-Bulletin Sports Department between 7-11 p.m. Sundays at 525-8600; fax it to 525-5497; or e-mail to

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