A busy sports weekend as the Farmer boys and girls basketball teams wrapped up their seasons while the wrestling team competed in the Maui Interscholastic League tournament.
The Lahainaluna boys grabbed their fifth straight MIL wrestling championship Saturday at the Lunas gym. The Molokai boys and girls teams had three league champions. For the girls, Chelsie Davids defeated Makamae Smith of Hana in the 220-pound division while Kaulanarose Akaka beat Sandi Rabaca of Lanai at 125 pounds. At 135-pounds Kevin Dudoit became Molokai’s only boy champion by defeating Lonopele Cabanilla of Lahainaluna.
Finishing second in the MIL tournament for Molokai were Michal Torres-Umi, Simon Blair, Charisse Manley, Daylen Spencer-Basa and Kailen Inouye.
Wahine Farmers drop state championship game to Kaimuki
In basketball, the defending state champion Molokai girls team made it to the finals before losing to Kaimuki 41-32 in the Division II Championship at the Blaisdell Arena Friday.
Kaimuki’s tenacious defense shut down Molokai’s top players, point guard Danna-Lynn Hooper-Juario and post player Kalei Adolpho. Hooper-Juario was held to four points while Adolpho had 12 points and 18 rebounds. Puna Kawamae added six points for the Farmers.
In the semifinal game on Thursday, Molokai defeated Kahuku 79-69 at Kalani gym. Senior Hooper-Juario scored 33 points for the Farmers. She was 18-for-20 from the foul line, and had five assists. Jamie Duvauchelle had 16 points for Molokai and Adolpho had six points, 14 rebounds, six assists and five blocked shots.
On Wednesday at Kalani gym, the Farmer girls beat Kaiser 67-56 in the quarterfinal round behind 24 points and 21 rebounds from Adolpho and 20 points from Hooper-Juario. Molokai finished the season second in the state with a 12-1 record.
The basketball season for the Molokai boys also came to an end Friday night with a 53-33 loss to Seabury Hall in the MIL tournament in Makawao. Dylan King and Michael Palmer led the way for Seabury with 18 points each as the undefeated Seabury team gained the sole MIL berth in the Division II state championship tournament.
The matchup with Seabury came only after a dramatic overtime victory over Lanai Thursday evening at War Memorial Gym in the league semifinals. Molokai fell behind early, took command in the middle, before Lanai came back late in the game. The Farmers fell behind in the overtime period before finally pulling out a 63-59 win. The Farmer boys finished the season with a 6-4 record.
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