Kauai is home to the new Unify Championship Entertainment (UCE) tag team champions. Local pro wrestlers “The Kauai Kid” Noa Kaho‘omana and Incredible Chris Wilde won the UCE tag team titles Saturday during the promotion’s showing “Bonded By Battle” at Aloha Tower Marketplace.
LIHUE — The Von Erich name in pro wrestling is typically associated with its story of the family curse — the untimely deaths of four of five wrestling brothers. The sons of the last surviving brother now aim to take the Von Erich name with them toward a brighter future rather than keep it in its grim past.
To those of you whom I’ve had the pleasure of encountering and writing about as part of my work with TGI: thank you for all you’ve done for me, congrats to all on your achievements on and off the courts and fields, and I wish all of you well as you prepare for the next phase of your lives. I wish you continued success in your pursuits.
KAPAA — Kapaa High School senior Kiran Costa said he wasn’t even aware he was being considered as one of the top high school standouts. He got the call from his athletic director Saturday night informing him that he will be one of just 12 student-athletes that will recognized in the state.
LIHUE — The Kauai Senior Softball League found young legs on old bodies with big bats as a near-record 208 runs were scored in the eight games at the Peter Rayno Softball Park and the Isenberg Softball Stadium. Nine teams scored in double figures including a 14-13 nail biter. Kawaihau takes top honors, crossing the plate 31 times in their game. It was not all smooth sailing for all of the teams with both ball parks reporting serious injuries to several senior ball players.
KAPAA — The 10-year anniversary of the Garden Island Renegade Rollerz doesn’t actually come until October. The local roller derby club, though, wanted to celebrate the milestone by playing against the team that they played in their first match a decade ago.
LIHUE — After he spent nearly 20 years leading the Red Raiders, Hank Ibia has stepped down as the head coach of the Kauai High School varsity baseball team. Ibia, 59, had been the Red Raiders head coach since 2001 minus a two-year absence.
KAPAA — A local roller derby club will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary the best way it knows how — throwing down onthe track. Garden Island Renegade Rollerz will host a match against Maui Roller Girls today at the hockey rink at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex in Kapaa starting at 4 p.m.
I said in last week’s column that I was looking forward to covering a state tournament again. It was the first time one came to Kauai since I’ve been with TGI.
HANAPEPE — The Kauai Senior Softball League converged on the Hanapepe Stadium softball diamonds for a sunny and breezy morning allowing for the rare occasion of all the teams in the league to playing at a single location. The softball side of Hanapepe Stadium open field was covered with team tents and smoky grills at the tailgate gallery.
The Menehune’s magical run was cut just short of winning it all. Waimea High School’s varsity baseball team lost to St. Francis School of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu in the championship game of the 2019 Hawaii High School Athletic Association Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball Championships-Division II state tournament.