Hale made impact with Moanalua hoops team
The departure of boys basketball coachDan Hale has left the Moanalua Menehunes feeling blue.
At least one senior understands why Hale made the tough choice to leave.
"It's a good choice for him as an alumni, and with the guys they have coming back, they'll be successful next year," saidWayne West, a senior guard who landed on the Star-Bulletin Fab 15 All-State team.
Hale's effect on the Moanalua program was felt both on and off the court. Hale, at 6-5, has an easygoing manner, and as a coordinator at the school's media learning center, he was in tune with lots of students.
That's one reason why he'll be missed.
"The other guys who are coming back next year, they're kind of down because of the year we had, the momentum could've kept going next year. But they understand from his point of view," West said.
No replacement has been named yet, but West thinks assistant coachMarvin Santiagoor junior varsity coachSean Clark are viable candidates.
"Punahou is getting a really good coach. He's really laid back, but he's disciplined. WithSpencer (McLachlin) in there, they are getting a big-man coach, so you'll get to see another side of his coaching," West said. "With the complete team they have, you'll see the most out of Coach Hale."
Govs rule again
It's official. The strongest teenager in Hawaii is a Farrington Governor -- for a third year in a row.
Whitley Fehoko became the latest Gov at the top by winning the event on Saturday at Blaisdell Arena. Fehoko joinedShawn Lauvao(Arizona State) andMike Lafaele (Hawaii) as champions.
Ana Tuiasosopo of Saint Louis was runner-up, and juniorFetalaiga Fatuof Farrington placed third. Fehoko hopes Fatu continues training in order to win the title next year. That would give the Govs four champions in a row.
The events involved were adjusted to make life tougher on the 10 entrants. The tow-truck pull, for example, included a sedan this year. Fehoko did the 60-yard pull in 12 seconds.
"I lost a little bit of skin off my forearm, but not as much as the other guys," he said.
Fehoko also led the Atlas rock ball competition, lifting rocks that weighed as much as 300 pounds onto a flatbed truck in a time of 18 seconds.
All that lifting was fine for Fehoko, who trains religiously at Gold's Gym and Farrington. Former Oakland Raiders linebackerBill Romanowski, who entered the Strongman competition on the following day, was only half-kidding when he chatted with Fehoko.
"He said that I should enter the Strongman contest," Fehoko said. "I said, 'No way.' "
All the potentially dangerous lifting had San Diego State football coachChuck Long a bit concerned.
"He called to congratulate me," said Fehoko, who committed to the Aztecs. "He said, 'I just want you back in one piece, that's the main thing.' "
Fehoko will leave the day after graduation to train with San Diego State this summer. He will joinTrask Iosefa (Punahou) andIkaika Aken-Moleta (Kapolei) on the offensive line.
Chow to speak
Tennessee Titans offensive coordinatorNorm Chow
, a former Waialua coach, has agreed to speak at the Hawaii Interscholastic Athletic Directors Association meetings, June 7-10, on Maui.
"It's a good reason to come home," the Punahou graduate said.
Athletes of the week
Redmond Tutor,Kahuku track and field:
Set personal records at the Punahou Relays in the long jump (22 feet, 9 1/4 inches) and triple jump (45-1134). He also helped the relay team tie a meet mark in the 4x180 shuttle and earned the Robert Paris Most Outstanding Athlete Award.
Samantha Cabreros,Punahou track and field:
Led the Buffanblu to wins in four events. She won the long jump (17-5) and triple jump (37-10 1/2), and helped the relay team set records in the 1,600 sprint medley and 4x100.
Went 3-for-3 against Pac-Five.
Wally Marciel,Iolani:Fired a two-hitter and homered against Pac-Five.
Bryce Marcouiller,Kaiser:Went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and three RBIs against Kaimuki.
Brian Morihara,Aiea:Went 3-for-3 with a home run, double and six RBIs against Waipahu.
Scored 23 points against Farrington and 22 against Moanalua.
Courtney Gaddis,La Pietra:Scored 29 points against St. Francis and 21 against Hanalani.
Shawna-Lei Kuehu,Punahou:Scored 18 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks against Kamehameha.
Yacine Meyer,Seabury Hall:Had 19 points and 14 rebounds against Molokai.
Krissaundra Noga,Waipahu:Scored 25 points against Waianae.
Iwalani Rodrigues,Roosevelt:Scored 28 points with nine rebounds against McKinley.
Samantha Saito,Sacred Hearts:Scored 21 points against Maryknoll.
Jamie Smith,Iolani:Scored 18 points against Mid-Pacific.
Siutiti Takai,St. Francis:Scored 19 points with 14 rebounds against La Pietra.
Artevia Wily,Kahuku:Scored 20 points, including four treys, against Kaiser.
Shot a 69 to lead the girls in ILH competition at Pearl Country Club.
T.J. Kua,Kamehameha:Carded a 71 to share first-place honors in ILH competition at Pearl Country Club.
Scott Seki,Punahou:Shot a 71 to share first-place honors in ILH play at Pearl Country Club.
defeated Tiffany DeVincent of Waialua for the OIA girls individual title.
Matthew Tavares,McKinley:defeated Cainan Shinjo of Leilehua for the OIA boys individual championship.
Scored four goals against Kamehmeha.
Liana Rapoza,Castle:Scored five goals in a win over Radford.
Marissa Young,Roosevelt:Scored four goals against Kaimuki.
NOW YOU KNOW
» Of the 47 state baseball tournaments held since 1959, the ILH has won 26 titles, followed by the OIA with 13, the MIL with seven, and the BIIF with 1. No KIF team has won a state baseball title. Farrington won one of the ILH state crowns in 1963 before the Govs moved to the OIA. Iolani and Punahou are tied for the most championships with eight apiece.
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