HCC Coach & Paddlers honored by the MIL

02.23.2012 0

The Maui News 2012 MIL Canoe Paddling All-Stars
Lu‘uwai, Firmignac named year’s best
February 22, 2012
The Maui News

The girls and mixed crews from Seabury Hall each claimed four spots on the MIL All-Star canoe paddling first teams after each squad went unbeaten in the Maui Interscholastic League and placed third in the state regatta.

Kaulupono Lu’uwai was named girls paddler of the year by the league’s coaches, and teammates Mikaela McDaniels, Ali Hoeck and Marina Sanchez were also chosen for the first team.

The other girls first-team All-Stars are Kelsie Tanabe and Natalia Levi of Molokai, Lilinoe Bal and Kara Frampton of Kamehameha Maui, Lahainaluna’s Halii Vierra and St. Anthony’s Katlin Kim.

The Spartans’ Paul Lu’uwai was named girls coach of the year.

The Seabury mixed crew’s first-team All-Stars are Kamaile Lee, Isabela Hamilton, Mogul Lu’uwai and Alden Simmer.

Frampton was also named a mixed first-teamer, along with Kamehameha’s Maleko Lorenzo. The other mixed first-teamers are Baldwin’s Kristi Kim and Phillip Brugger, King Kekaulike’s Kristin Cabanting and Lahainaluna’s Bronson Kaina.

Justin Firmignac, who helped Baldwin win three MIL races and the boys title, was named boys paddler of the year, and was joined on the first team by the Bears’ Xavier Leon, Vili Tolutau and Vetekina Malafu, with Alika Atay earning coach of the year recognition.

Maui High, which won two league regattas, put Regiemar Cadang and Kory Garangaza on the first team. Lorenzo was one of two Kamehameha selections, along with Palani Santos, while Seabury’s Alex Chapple and King Kekaulike’s Victor Raglund also made the team.

Girls honorable mentions went to Kanoe Delatori of Lahainaluna, Eunice Park of Baldwin and Hiilei Casco of Kamehameha. Boys recipients were Lahainaluna’s Mark Ventura, Baldwin’s Jeffery Tokanang, King Kekaulike’s Pono Hueu and Kamehameha’s Noah Harders.



HCC paddlers include Kaulu Lu’uwai, Mikaela McDaniel, Ali Hoeck, Marina Sanchez, Bela Halmilton, Mogul Lu’uwai, and Alex Chapple (Seabury), Lilinoe Bal, Kara Frampton, Hi’ilei Casco, and Maleko Lorenzo (Kamehameha-Maui), and Xaiver Leon (Baldwin).  Paul Lu’uwai is HCC’s longtime keiki coach.  He also coaches the HCC 50, 55, 60, and 65 women.



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