Morioka retires as head of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation
Keith Morioka has retired from his position as executive secretary of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation.
Morioka was with the BIIF for one year, replacing Roy Fujimoto. Morioka served 35 years with the Department of Education, including stints as athletic director at Waipahu and Hana.
Fujimoto will serve as interim executive secretary until a replacement is hired.
A possible replacement could come from within the BIIF. Lyle Crozier, AD at Konawaena, and Waiakea AD Ken Yamase were among the finalists when Morioka was selected.
Other finalists were Tim Lino and Stan Oka. Lino, known for leading Waiakea to four BIIF football titles during the 1990s, is principal at a Hawaiian immersion school in Kona. Oka, a former Konawaena AD, is principal at Paauilo School.
New Bear in charge:
Filling the shoes of veteran baseball coach Kahai Shishido
was no easy task at Baldwin High School.
Athletic director Jon Garcia saw two deadlines come and go without a single applicant.
Finally, however, Mark Moniz entered the fray. The longtime youth coach spoke first with his son, Kalehua Moniz, a two-time All-Maui Interscholastic League selection for the Bears. Once Moniz got his son's support, he was ready for the job.
Punahou seeks new coach:
Applications for the Punahou girls varsity head volleyball coaching position are being accepted until Jan. 15.
Resumes can be e-mailed to athletic director Tom Holden at email@example.com.
Resumes may also be mailed to Holden at Punahou School, 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI, 96822.
The McKinley Tigers boys basketball team has one of the more entertaining pages on the Internet.
Assistant coach Jason Tittle loads the page with updated box scores, reports and video. Go to http://geocities.com/mcktigersb_ball.
This is an example of why no team should give up.
Down seven points at Waipahu with 13 seconds left, the Owls of Mid-Pacific didn't panic.
They made a 3-point shot, came up with a steal for a bucket, and then tied the game with a pair of foul shots.
With a few seconds still remaining, Waipahu nearly had a 5-second inbounds violation, but threw the ball deep downcourt. The Owls raced back upcourt for a game-winning layup with 1 second remaining for the win.
Giants from afar:
When Schurr (Calif.) came to the Walter Wong Basketball Classic last week, the team brought two highly-touted football prospects.
Phil Garcia and Mike Diaz are being recruited by Oregon, Oregon State, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State.
Blessed with good footwork and nice scoring ability near the basket, the 6-foot-6 Garcia and 6-4 Diaz are more than low-post threats. Their floor leadership helped settle down younger players like leading scorer Alex Valdez. That will be crucial since Schurr plays in the Almont League with perennial powerhouses like Long Beach Poly.
"We'll do good, but we gotta get our heads in the games," Garcia said. "We're making a lot of mental mistakes."
Schurr lost a nail-biter to Kaiser, 41-40, and another tight one to Saint Louis, 54-50. They finally notched a win on the final day of the tourney, 69-57, over Kaimuki.
Diaz came into the basketball season with a lingering back injury. Garcia has an injured knee and isn't supposed to be playing, according to Diaz.
Oregon suggested to Garcia that he should take two weeks off to rest his knee, which was suffered during football season.
"I love basketball. I can't sit," he said.
Props to the champs:
's Punahou team lost a heartbreaker to Salesian (Calif.) in overtime last week, but he still admired the winning shot by Salesian's David Singleton
It was a 22-footer at the buzzer, giving Salesian the Punahou Holiday Classic crown.
"As soon as he let it go, I knew it was going in," said Ostrowski, who dominated the second half and overtime with a series of fadeaway jumpers, 3-pointers and tough drives to the hoop.
"His shot had a nice arc."
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