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2017 SPORTS PERSONS OF THE MONTH

The Honolulu Quarterback Club recognizes these Athletes for their outstanding athletic acheivements. Each month the board will vote for the preceding month's female and male athletes.


2017 Male Female
December Cal Lee (Football Coach) Teniya Alo (Wrestling)
November Al Minn (Swimming Coach) Shuai Zhang (Tennis)
October Heiarii Mama (Paddling) Veronica Winham (Cross Country)
September Rico Rosario (Football) Team Bradley (Paddling)
August Tai-John Mizutani (Football) Kimberlie Miyamoyo (Golf)
July Travis Grant (SUP) Outrigger CC Sr Women (Paddling)
June Hui Nalu Junior Men (Paddling) Mari Nishiura (Golf)
May Dave Porter (Tennis Coach) Sydney Senter (Gymnastics)
April Dane Yamashiro (Judo/Wrestling) Kristen O'Handley (Track & Field)
March Jun Ho Won (Golf) Nikki Taylor (Volleyball)
February Kahuku Red Raiders (Basketball) Alexis Encinas (Wrestling)
January M.J. Mao (Swimming) Makamae Gomera-Stevens (Soccer)

DECEMBER

DECEMBER 2017

Cal Lee

MALE

Male − Cal Lee − St. Louis Crusaders − Football Coach − named Coach of the Year by Honolulu Star-Advertiser and took the Crusaders to a Fourth State Championship.

DECEMBER 2017

Teniya Alo

FEMALE

Female − Teniya Alo − Kahuku High − Wrestling/Girls (132 lb class) − is number one of the top five female wrestlers in Hawaii in the Hawaii Prep World's pound-for-pound Rankings – is a two-time State high school champion – did not participate due to ankle injury at the Hawaii State Wrestling Officials Association Scholarship Tournament at Leilehua.

NOVEMBER

NOVEMBER 2017

Al Minn

MALE

Male − Al Minn
Swimming Coach − passed away in November, 2017 at the age of 92 −
was an Athlete, Soldier, Teacher, Administrator, community volunteer and Patriarch of a family with more than 40 descendants – a tribute to Al will was held at the January 8, 2018 luncheon at the Honolulu Quarterback Club.

NOVEMBER 2017

Shuai Zhang

FEMALE

Female − Shuai Zhang − China − Tennis − won the Hawaiian Open title after beating Su Jeong Jang of South Korea 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the opening set of the championship match at Patsy T Mink Central Oahu Regional Park in a 2-hour, 3-minute duel in gusty conditions in Waipio.

OCTOBER

OCTOBER 2017

Heiarii Mama

MALE

Male − Heiarii Mama − Coach, Red Bull Waʻa, Paddling − celebrated with the team after crossing the finish line first – the Hawaii-based paddling crew upsetting the champion Shell Vaʻa – crossed the Line in 4 Hours, 50 minutes and 2 seconds while Shell Vaʻa finished second by 30 seconds.

OCTOBER 2017

Veronica Winham

FEMALE

Female − Veronica Winham − Seabury Hall, Senior − Cross Country − defended her Girls individual title, finishing the 5 Kilometer course in 19 minutes:16.10 seconds – was one of the Seabury runners to finish in the top Five and the Team's scoring five all finished in the top 20 – the last girl to win consecutive titles was Dakota Grossman who won Four from 2010 to 2013 – Seabury Hall's Girls team had another dominant performance at the Honolulu Marathon/HHSAA State Cross Country Championships at Island School on Kauai.

SEPTEMBER

SEPTEMBER 2017

Rico Rosario

MALE

Male − Rico Rosario − Waianae HS/Senior, Football/Running Back − broke West Keliikipi’s school record with 243 rushing Yards and four Touchdowns in a 43-20 win over Moanalua-the State’s leading rusher as a Junior broke Keliikipi’s mark of 239 Yards set in 1997.

SEPTEMBER 2017

Team Bradley

FEMALE

Female − Team Bradley − Paddling − the veteran Crew finishes in 5 Hours, 55 Minutes and 22 Seconds to claim Gold for the 10th time as a crew (team members: Claire Ing, Kealani Bartlett, Mahealani Botelho, Andrea Moller, Lauren Spalding and Lori Nakamura) at the Hawaiian Airlines Na Wahine O Ke Kai crossing the 41-mile race from Molokai to the Duke Kahanamoku Beach fronting Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki-now has claimed two consecutive and 10 of the last 12 Titles from 2005-2010.

AUGUST

AUGUST 2017

Tai-John Mizutani

MALE

Male − Tai-John Mizutani − ʻIolani/Senior, Football/Quarterback − this Raiders senior broke his own school record with 503 passing yards, three touchdowns and also ran for a score in 57-34 win over Kaimuki in the 54th Father Bray Classic at Kozuki Stadium–owns two of the 10 highest single-game marks ever on Oahu and becoming the sixth Oahu quarterback to pass for 500 Yards

AUGUST 2017

Kimberlie Miyamoto

FEMALE

Female − Kimberlie Miyamoto − Golf − won the 61st Waialae Women’s Invitational and her second title in three years -rode that momentum to earn medalist honors in the U.S. Women’s Amateur qualifier at Princeville.

JULY

JULY 2017

Travis Grant

MALE

Male − Travis Grant − Stand-Up Paddling − claimed the “unlimited” SUP division in record time (3 Hours, 59 Minutes and 52 Seconds) during the 21st annual Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championships.

JULY 2017

Outrigger Canoe Club, Senior Women Paddlers

FEMALE

Female − Outrigger Canoe Club, Senior Women − Outrigger’s crew of Jennifer Fratzke, Shannon O’Neill, Angie Dolan Gilancaterino, Traci Phillips, Billy Lawson and Woodward completed the Walter J. MacFarlane Senior race in 12 Minutes and 14.95 Seconds – nearly 12 Seconds ahead of runner-up Lanikai (12:26.83).

JUNE

JUNE 2017

Hui Nalu Junior Men

MALE

Male − Hui Nalu (Junior Men) – Paddling − Hui Nalu’s Junior men take Silver in Tahiti at the IVF Waʻa World Distance Championships on Taaone Bay; Hui Nalu was second in the 19-under division, finishing the 16.8 mile V6 event in 2 Hours, 3 minutes and 20 seconds and only eight of the 33 countries/states earned medals in the three-day competition.

JUNE 2017

Mari Nishiura

FEMALE

Female − Mari Nishiura (Golf) − Manoa Cup – repeats as women's champ, not yet 19 but probably wished Manoa Cup had a women's championship 109 years ago; the Hawaii State Golf Association introduced the Women's Flight last year and she won it.

MAY

MAY 2017

Dave Porter

MALE

Male − Dave Porter – BYU-Hawaii – Women's Tennis Coach – received National recognition from the Intercollegiate Tennis Association – received his seventh ITA Coach of the Year award after guiding the Seariders to another perfect Season (27-0) and their 11th consecutive PacWest Championship and is the winningest collegiate tennis coach with a record of 1409-187 and an .883 winning percentage.

MAY 2017

Campbell Sabers Softball

FEMALE

Female − Sydney Senter – Hawaii Baptist Academy – Gymnast – won the Gold in the Junior elite women's (ages 15-19) synchronized trampoline event at the Trampoline and Tumbling Elite Challenge at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.

APRIL

APRIL 2017

Dane Yamashiro

MALE

Male − Dane Yamashiro − ʻIolani, Boys Judo/Wrestling − beat teammate Charles Kam for his fourth Interscholastic League of Honolulu Judo title at McCabe Gymnasium – is the first Judoka to pull off the ILH slam since Mid-Pacific's Josh Terao in 2014 (Accomplishments: JUDO ILH & State Champion 2014-2017, WRESTLING ILH Third Place 2014-2015 & ILH & State Champion 2016-2017).

APRIL 2017

Kristen O'Handley

FEMALE

Female − Kristen O'Handley − Kaiser/Senior − Track & Field − entered five events and won them all in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Track & Field championship meet at Pearl City – in her first event, she set the meet record of 5 Feet, 5 ¼ Inches in the High Jump; won the 100-meter dash (12.39 seconds), the 200 (25.78), the 400 (58.05) and was part of the 4 x 100 Relay team – all the Seniors are very proud to have won the OIAs four years in a row.

MARCH

MARCH 2017

Jun Ho Won

MALE

Male − Jun Ho Won − Moanalua/Senior − Golf − Won’s prep career for Na Menehune includes an individual OIA Championship and a runner-up finish at States in 2016 – was a key member of the Team that helped Moanalua win its first State title since 2012 –in 2015, he won the U.S. Open Local Qualifier and also tied for 15th at the IMG Junior World Championships at Torrey Pines last year-in April 2017, won the OIA Boys Golf Championship at Turtle Bay-claimed his first Individual State title at Kaanapali Golf Course in the David S Ishii Foundation/HHSAA Golf State Championships .

MARCH

Nikki Taylor

FEMALE

Female − Nikki Taylor − University of Hawaiʻi, Beach Volleyball, Senior − the dual-sport star will be writing her final chapter in a storybook UH career: earned second-team indoor All-American honors twice and in her indoor career, becoming the Program's all-time winner in duals (64 and counting).

FEBRUARY

FEBRUARY 2017

Kahuku Basketball

MALE

Male − Kahuku Red Raiders, Boys Basketball − finally has its first Boys basketball State championship – top-seeded Kahuku got 23 points from point guard Jessiya Villa and 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks from Samuta Avea to outlast second-seeded Punahou 70-55 in the Division I final of the Snapple/HHSAA Boys Basketball State Championships.

FEBRUARY

Alexis Encinas

FEMALE

Female − Alexis Encinas, Lahainaluna/Senior, Girls Wrestling − defeated No. 1 seed Macy Higa of Roosevelt at 112 pounds to win her second State title and helped Lahainaluna win its second Girls wrestling State title in three years – scored the winning takedown with 15 seconds remaining to beat Higa 6-4.

JANUARY 2017

JANUARY

Male − M.J. Mao

MALE

Male − M.J. Mao
Pac-Five/Senior, Swimmer — won the Boys 200-yard individual medley and set a league record in his Breaststroke as Pac-Five won the Interscholastic League of Honolulu team title at Punahou – his time of 54.6 seconds broke his own league record of 54.99 set in the Trials.

JANUARY

Female − Makamae Gomera-Stevens

FEMALE

Female − Makamae Gomera-Stevens
Kamehameha/Senior, Girls/Soccer, Forward — has scored 27 goals this Season in 10 matches, nine more than any other player.

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