Inside Sports for Sunday — January 01, 2006

1) Pono Tokioka not allowed interpreter in PONY baseball.

2) Lihu’e Patriots win Pop Warner national title.

3) Kapa’a High boys volleyball wins division II state crown.

4) Tiger Woods comes back to win sixth PGA Grand Slam of Golf title. Grand Slam might also be on the move, with announcement expected this month.

5) Waimea boys soccer takes down four-time defending state champion Mililani en route to third place at states.

6) Kapa’a High girls win first Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation volleyball title in 35 years.

7) Kaua’i High School boys golf wins second straight state title, Kellen Watabu wins individual crown.

8) Bethany Hamilton, Kyle Ramey win national surfing titles.

9) Kaua’i junior lifeguards win second straight state title, this time at Kalapaki Beach.

10) Larry Bowman of Falko Partners, LLC, gives $15,000 to Lihu’e Pop Warner. Lihu’e PW first in state to drug-test coaches.

11) Westside Wrestling starts up first-ever organized wrestling tournament on Kaua’i. With help from O’ahu wrestling coaches, Mac Pigott, head coach of Westside Wrestling, turned Waimea High School’s gym into a wrestler’s paradise.

12) Hanalei’s Alana Blanchard, a 15-year-old surf phenom, blisters the field, grabbing the first-ever women’s shortboard competition held at Pipeline. Blanchard also finished third in a pro event earlier this year, taking home $500.

13) Hanalei’s Andy Irons is king of Triple Crown of Surfing. Although Irons failed to win a fourth straight surfing world title, he still managed to finish the year strong, with a fine effort at Pipeline.

14) Kaua’i High School takes third straight football, baseball titles. Under head coaches Keli’i Morgado (football) and Hank Ibia (baseball), the Red Raiders have been dominant and dynasty-like.

15) Kaua’i Pony All-Stars win state title. Led by head coach Wayne Wakumoto, the team rose to the top of the state by defeating tough O’ahu squads.

16) Richard M. Doi, the father of “The Big Blue Machine,” passed away. His genius football mind and first-class attitude were just two of many reasons why he’ll be missed by many individuals around the island.

17) Kaua’i High School baseball standout Kirby Yates, the younger brother of New York Mets pitcher Tyler Yates, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the latter rounds of the MLB draft. Yates decided to enter Yavapai JC and will be a draft- and-watch type of player for Boston.

18) Kaua’i High School basketball and volleyball standout Futi Tavana earned a volleyball scholarship to BYU. Along the way, Tavana earned first-team all-state honors in both basketball and volleyball in his senior season.

19) Kapa’a High School’s girls bowling squad won its first-ever KIF title, fighting off tough challenges from Waimea and Kaua’i.

20) K-PAL, under the guidance of Tom Perry, took a group of 18 Kaua’i students to participate in a state wrestling tournament for the first time.


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