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2011 SPORTS PERSONS OF THE MONTH

DECEMBER
MALE

Bryant Moniz - University of Hawaii Manoa - Football - Moniz, a senior from Wahiawā, O'ahu, missed the team's final month of the season after suffering a leg injury in a loss to Nevada - prior to the injury, he ranked among the nation's leaders in passing and total offense and became just the third UH quarterback to surpass 10,000 yards passing (10,146) and 518 rushing for a total of 10,644 - in the fourth game of the season, Moniz tied an NCAA record by throwing seven touchdown passes in the first half in a 56-14 victory over UC Davis, Moniz completed 30 of 40 passes for 424 yards in that game -- as of November 6, 2011, he ranked eighth among all NCAA DI players in passing yardage - Moniz earned All-WAC first-team honors, as voted on by the conference's eight coaches -- Moniz, a second-team all-WAC pick in 2010, also joins Timmy Chang (2004) and Colt Brennan (2006 & 2007) as the only all-WAC first team honorees in school history. He earned his second straight Alec Waterhouse Most Valuable Player Award at the team's awards banquet.

DECEMBER
FEMALE

Tayler Higgins - Punahou HS - Volleyball - Setter Higgins is the Gatorade HS Volleyball player of the year - she led the Buff n' Blue to a 15-0 record and the Division I state title this past season - she recorded 95 assists, 16 digs and 11 kills while posting a .578 kill percentage in the state tournament - the 2011 Division I State Tournament MVP, Higgins was also named 2011 Interscholastic League of Honolulu Player of the Year - is on the fab 15 list - she has maintained a 3.17 GPA in the classroom -- Higgins has donated her time collecting gifts and canned goods on behalf of an area shelter for needy families -- Tayler went on to win Volleyball Magazine First Team All American selection -- "Tayler Higgins is an incredible setter with an amazing volleyball IQ," said Tommy Lake, head coach of rival Moanalua, "She always has consistent, even keeled performances yet she takes risks when needed. She had a great team at Punahou but I believe if you had switched her with the setters of any of the top teams in the state, she may have taken that team to the top too." -- Higgins has verbally committed to play volleyball on an athletic scholarship at the University of Hawaii beginning in the fall of 2013.

NOVEMBER
MALE

Reggie Torres - Kahuku HS - Varsity Football Head Coach - The 2011 HHSAA Division I State Football Champion was the Kahuku Red Raider football team - the Red Raiders competed in the Red-East Division of the Oahu Interscholastic Association during the 2011 HHSAA Football Season -- under the leadership of Head Coach Reggie Torres, Kahuku ended the 2011 season winning both the OIA-Red Championship and the HHSAA Division I State Championship - they were ranked #1 in the state and #96 in the nation -- the Red Raiders are the first team from the OIA to win since Leilehua in 2007. It's the second championship for Red Raiders coach Reggie Torres, who also won in his first year after taking over for Siuaki Livai in 2006.

NOVEMBER
FEMALE

Dakota Grossman - Seabury Hall Hawaii - Runner - Sophomore Dakota Grossman raced to her second straight Division I individual state championship this past season with a time of 19:27.5 - she earned 2010-11 Gatorade Hawaii Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year honors - she also won her second consecutive Maui Interscholastic League individual championship, breaking the tape in 19:32 - Grossman has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom - She has volunteered locally on behalf of area charity road races and has served on her school's student council - in the biggest event of her young career, as a freshman she led from start to finish in winning the girls 3-mile race at the Honolulu Marathon State Cross Country Championships at Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park - Steve Underwood, senior editor of ESPNHS/Dyestat has said of Dakota: "If she keeps improving and has an opportunity to come over to the mainland, she could make a regional and national impact."

OCTOBER
MALE

Chance Bukoski - HPU - Senior - Soccer - HPU: Begins fourth season. 2010: Started in and played in 16 matches for the Sea Warriors...earned First-Team All-PacWest Honors...recorded 13 goals on the season and posted eight assists, lead the conference. 2009: Started all 17 matches for HPU...named First-Teasm All-PacWest...netted 13 goals on the season, second in the conference and tops for his team...added three assists. 2008: Started all 18 matches of the season mainly at forward...scored a team-high seven goals to go along with four assists...posted two game winners on the season. Led the "Seawarriors" to first ever PacWest title after finishing runner-up 3 years in a row. He was named to the All-PacWest and All-Region First Teams, and was chosen as the PacWest Player of the Year. He remains an All-America candidate.

OCTOBER
FEMALE

Shannon Nishi - International Karate Federation - Kumite - This October, 36 year old Shannon Nishi won bronze at the Pan American Games in the 55kg division --- her numerous international competition began in 1995 on the Jr. national team --- she placed 1st 11 times including All Japan Championships, Jr. World Cup,  Jr. Pan American Championships, and WKC Jr. World Championships. In spite of 4 ACL surgeries which put her in and out of competition, she has excelled in national and world Open competition as well: 2004  WKF World Championships - Mexico, 3rd - 2006  US Open, (Open division) - Las Vegas, 1st - 2007  Pan American Championships - Mexico, 1st - 2010  US Open - Las Vegas, 2nd - 2010  WKF World Championships - Serbia, 3rd - 2011  North American Cup(Team) - Canada, 1st - 2011 Pan American Championships, Kumite - Mexico, 3rd.

SEPTEMBER
MALE

Kenan Sadanaga - Leilehua High School - Senior - Football - The senior quarterback Kenan Sadanaga passed for 216 yards (17-for-20) and five touchdowns in a little more than one quarter to lead the Mules over Radford. He sat out the rest of the game. The final score was 52-0. Kenan passed for more than 375 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers including two scores in the final eight minutes lifting his team to a 34-34 tie with visiting Service (Anchorage, Alaska) in a game billed as the Fire and Ice Bowl. Sadanaga, the leading returning passer from 2010 in Hawaii, fired TD passes of five yards to Larry Paas and 9 yards to Cole Decorte to erase a 34-21 fourth-quarter deficit. Kenan went on to make the 2011 1st Team ALL-OAHU and was considered for the Gatorade State Football Player of the Year.

SEPTEMBER
FEMALE

Jane Croson - UH Manoa - Freshman - Volleyball - Freshman outside hitter, Jane Croson has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 12-18. The UH team defeated the Pepperdine Waves in four games on Sat. 9/17. Croson hit .729, with a game high 23 kills (most this season by a UH player), and a career-high 19 digs and three aces for the Wahine, who won in front of a sellout crowd. In 2010, Jane – Partnered with Summer Ross to win the FIVB Youth (U-19) Beach World Championships in Portugal. This year Jane went on to win many honors including 2011 WAC all-conference second team and all-freshman team.

AUGUST
MALE

Kalei Auelua - Saint Louis HS - Senior - Football - DE - Kalei was named the Star-Advertiser athlete of the week the last week in August --- the 6-foot-4, 250 pound defensive end recorded three of his teamʻs four sacks and returned a fumble 90 yards for a touchdown in a 55-20 win at Mililani. The unbeaten No. 2-ranked Crusaders improved to 3-0. Kalei recently committed to play football for the Washington University Huskies --- Auelua is the No. 7 recruit in Hawaii (HI) and is the No. 73 Weak-Side Defensive End in the nation.

AUGUST
NAME
FEMALE

Lisa Ha - Kawano Boxing Club - Light Flyweight/106 lbs - Local Boxing Champ, Lisa Ha, has begun her trek to making national and international waves in the Boxing community with her recent performance at the 2011 Ringside World Championships. The event is the largest international amateur boxing event held in the US, and competition this year was stacked. Though competition was top notch, Lisa pulled through with victory after victory and captured the title of 2011 Ringside World Champion. The next stop for Ha and her coaches will be the last National Tournament before the Olympic Trials.

JULY
MALE

Nicolas Pang - Powerlifter - Nick Pang of Waipahu won two Gold Medals in Powerlifting at the Special Olympics World Games in Athens, Greece!  Nick placed first in his division in the Dead-lift and Combination events.  He also placed fourth in the Squat Lift and Bench Press. --- "It was amazing. It was great. It's so nice, I really enjoyed it for my first experience," Pang said. "I didn't want to come back home, but I'm back home and I'm glad to be in Hawaii. I'm just so excited to get the gold and to make my family happy." --- Over 7,000 athletes from 180 nations participated in the games, 315 of which, represented Team USA.

JULY
FEMALE

Carissa Moore - Punahou High School graduate, class of 2010 - World Champion Surfer - Redbull July 18, 2011 --- History was made today in Biarritz, France as Carissa Moore became the youngest ever Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) Women's World Champion at a mere 18-years old. The Oahu, Hawaii native added two other records to her already outstanding young career. Moore celebrated the first world title for a Hawaiian in 30 years, since Margo Oberg's crowning in 1981. Carissa clinched the championship with one event still left to go on the world tour, and has made it to the finals in all six events thus far this season, another first in ASP history --- By the time she was six, Carissa started competing in Hawaii, just a year later, she scored a sponsorship by the surfing clothing company, Roxy. Her breakout year happened when she was 10 - Carissa won several events that featured the best surfers in Hawaii in the 17 and under division. Surfer Magazine named Carissa Breakthrough Performer of the Year in 2004. In the same year, she won the Billabong Junior Pro Competition.

JUNE
MICHA CHRISTEN
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Micah Christenson - Kamehameha-Kapalama HS - senior - Volleyball & Basketball - Micah was inducted into the Hawaii Hall of Fame this month. He earned a 3.5 GPA and plans to play Volleyball at USC. Micah led his team to the Hawaii state Division I championship with a 3-set sweep over top-seeded rival Punahou --- named the Most Outstanding Player on the All-Tournament team with 22 kills with no errors while hitting .500 and added 3 blocks in the title match --- Kamehameha (21-3) was unseeded, but swept all 4 matches in the state tournament. Christenson earned Volleyball Magazine High School All-American first team, All-State first team and All-Conference first team honors as a 2009 sophomore --- All-Conference first team as a 2008 freshman --- starter on the U.S. Junior National Team that won a gold medal in the 2010 NORCECA Junior Championship in Canada, earning his team a berth in the 2011 World Junior Championship --- named Best Setter of that tourney --- started on the U.S. Youth National Team in 2009 and 2010; the 2009 squad finished 10th at the FIVB Boys Youth World Championship in Italy --- named USA Volleyball's 2009 Indoor Team of the Year, while the 2010 squad won a silver medal at the NORCECA Youth Championship in Mexico and will participate in the 2011 World Youth Championship. In basketball, he was the 2010 Gatorade Hawaii Player of the Year --- Inter-scholastic League of Honolulu Co-Player of the Year --- Honolulu Star Bulletin All-State Fab 15 team.

JUNE
KAILEA TRACY VISINTAINER
FEMALE

Kailea Tracy-Visintainer - Seabury Hall HS - senior - Track, Cross Country & Swimming - Kailea was inducted into the Hawaii Hall of Fame this month. She earned a 3.93 GPA and plans to attend Stanford. Kailua dominated the Maui Interscholastic League --- she placed first in the 200- and 400-meter races — set a state-meet record time in the 200 — and anchored the 4x400 relay as little Seabury Hall came within a handful of points of winning over heavily favored Punahou. Her superb achievements gave her five gold medals in her career, along with a record time in the MIL's 400-meter race --- she qualified for the state championships in cross country since her freshman year and swimming since her sophomore season --- Kailea was nominated Gatorade Runner of Year. On campus, Tracy-Visintainer has put her efforts into spirit committee, May Day class coordinating and hula instruction and senior luau committee.

MAY
MARQUES WHIPPY
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Marques Whippy - Brigham Young University Hawaii - senior - men's basketball - Marques Whippy from Bua, Fiji was selected the 2010-11 Pacific West Conference Men's Athlete of the Year.  He was also selected to the Basketball Times All-America Third Team this season after leading the Seasiders to their first NCAA Division II National Championship Game appearance on March 26 (BYUH fell to Bellarmine (KY) 71-68). For four straight years Whippy has played in a regional title contest. Whippy finished the season ranked in the Top 10 in seven major conference statistical categories, including leading the league in rebounding (11.5 per game) and in steals per contest (2.8).  He was an All-PacWest selection for the third straight year, including two consecutive First Team choices. He finished the year sixth in scoring after posting 14.2 points per contest, while he shot 52.0% (179 for 344) from the floor to rank fifth.  He also averaged 3.5 assists per game to stand sixth and generated 1.3 blocks per contest to wind up fourth.  His assist/turnover ratio of 1.0 landed him eighth for the season. He was the Nations leading rebounder with 11.5 RPG and led the nation in steals 2.8 SPG.

MAY
JESSICA IWATA
FEMALE

Jessica Iwata - University of Hawaii Manoa - sophomore - softball - UH's shortstop and two-time WAC Player of the Year, led the Rainbow Wahine with another solid year at the plate. She tallied a team-high .355 average (60-for-169), .663 slugging percentage, and .447 on-base percentage. Iwata also led the 'Bows in runs scored (43), hits (60), home runs (15), and RBI (44). She became the first UH player to win consecutive player-of-the-year awards since Kate Judd won it in 2001 and ʻ02. She finished the season on a nine-game hitting streak and accumulated more multiple-hit games (16) and multiple-RBI games (13) than any other Rainbow Wahine this season. It is the second straight season that the sophomore from Lihu'e, Kaua'i has been voted to the West Region second team.

APRIL
DEVIN JENKINS
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Devon Jerkins - Kapolei HS - junior - track - Devon ran 100 meters in 10.66 seconds in trials at the Island Movers Hawaii High School Athletic Association state track and field championships. He also ran 200 meters in 21.45 seconds. In the finals he ran 10.46 (not a record, wind-aided) making him the fastest sprinter in the 100-meter dash. Jenkins' time is faster than that of Shane Victorino of St. Anthony, who ran 10.80 (still a state record, not wind aided) in the 1999 state final. In the 200 meters run, Jerkins won with a time of 21.09 (also wind-aided)

APRIL
FEMALE

Hawaii Pacific University - Softball Team - Kaneohe, HI (April 30, 2011) – For the fifth consecutive year, Hawai'i Pacific has won the PacWest Conference. The Sea Warriors ended the regular season with a record of 23-5 in the PacWest, and five players landed on the All-Conference teams. In May the team went on to win the NCAA Division II National Championship, the first softball National Championship for the Lady Sea Warriors. The National Title also pushed the Lady Sea Warriors record to 50-8, making them the first team in HPU history with 50 wins in a single season.

MARCH
MALE

Tsung-Hsein (Jet) Chang - BYU-Hawaii - Basketball - Last month junior guard Jet Chang was selected the Pacific West Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. Advancing to the NCAA tournament, BYUH earned five straight upset wins to get to the title game. In the semi-final match, Chang scored 43 points in the 110-101 victory over West Liberty, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. In the championship game, with just a few seconds remaining, Bellarmine had only a 1 point lead but in the end the Seasiders lost 71-68 in a fast paced, riveting final. Chang, even though he was on the runner-up team, was awarded the National championship game’s Most Outstanding Player award for scoring 100 points in three games of the Elite Eight, one of the best individual efforts in the tournament history.

MARCH
FEMALE

Megan Tinnin - University of Hawaii Manoa - Basketball - Senior guard Megan Tinnin has returned from a personal redshirt season last year and has found her shooting touch again. In the Utah State game this month, where UH was down by 20 at the half, Megan came back to shoot 5-3-pointers to carry the team to a win. Megan is shattering former UH great, Nani Cockett’s record of 128 set in 1998. Tinnin currently has sunk 165 treys in her UH career - 51 this season alone. She now holds Hawai‘i’s career record, single-season record (55 in 2009) for 3-point shots made, and is tied for the single game record for 3-pointers with six. Tinnin has also been solid on defense, with 40 steals and she is fourth on the team, averaging 8.9 points while posting 4.1 rebounds per game.

FEBRUARY
MIKE TAYLOR
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Mike Taylor - Punahou HS - Girls Basketball Coach - Mike has coached the Div. I girls team for the past 10 years, helping the Buffanblu capture eight ILH titles and four state titles, with a win-loss record of 228-37. Since 2008, the girls' team has been invited to compete in the Nike Tournament of Champions, regarded as one of the nation's premier prep basketball tournaments. Taylor led the Buffanblu to state titles in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2008, and lost in double overtime in this year's state final. Taylor was Advertiser State Coach of the Year last year and is heavily involved in Dennis Agena's Kalakaua Foundation Clinic, a training ground for many of the state's top girls basketball players.

FEBRUARY
HAILEY-ANN MAEDA
FEMALE

Haley-Ann Maeda - Punahou HS - Basketball - Hailey-Ann scored 17 points (with 14 rebounds) and Julia Brand added 11 as Punahou rallied from a 12-point deficit for an astounding 52-47 win over defending champion Lahainaluna last night in the semifinals of the Hawaiian Airlines/HHSAA girls basketball Division I state championships.

JANUARY
MIAH OSTROWSKI
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Miah Ostrowski - University of Hawaii Manoa - Junior - Basketball and Football - In the books, it was a near upset of nationally ranked Utah State and the first place team in the WAC. But in reality, it was so much more than that. Three days after his father Kui, died from heart failure at the age of 43, and before more than 8,000 people in the stands, including his family, Miah, who played just sparingly this season went for 15 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals in 38 minutes of action. Miah was a standout in both hoops and football at Punahou, but picked the gridiron over the hardwood for his collegiate exploits; until Gib Arnold came calling in December. He is now officially a two-sport athlete at the University of Hawaii after earning playing time for the both the football and basketball teams.

JANUARY
GLADYS BURRILL
FEMALE

Gladys Burrill - Marathon Runner - 92-year-old Gladys "Glady" Burrill, a great-grandmother, finished (9:53:16) the Honolulu Marathon on Sunday, December 12 in Hawaii. She is the oldest female to ever finish a marathon. She will soon be in the Guinness Book of World Records. Documents will be filed to confirm that Burrill is indeed the oldest. Burrill touched every electronic timing pad on the course en route to her finish. Photos were taken of Burrill at various points on the course by ASI Photo, and photos of her were shot at the finish. Burrill was born on November 23, 1918 in La Center, Washington. She is a resident of Prospect, Oregon, but owns a condo in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, where she spends much of her year.

 

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