HI-PAL Winter Classic Results
The 33rd edition of the Winter Basketball Classic, hosted by the Hawaii Isle Police Activities League and the County of Hawai`i Department of Parks and Recreation, wrapped up Sunday with five championship games.
The Honolulu Sharks took home a pair of age group championships in convincing fashion. Coached by Roy Nafarrete, the Sharks Black squad defeated Hoop Dreams 52-21 to capture the 11-12 boys title. Later, the Sharks’ 13-14 year old boys squad rolled past HD Youth Basketball 63-31 in the final game of the day.
In the opening game of the day, N.S.P defeated Shut D 33-30 to win the 9-10 year old mixed age group championship. That was followed by another close contest, this time for the 12 and under girls championship. The Stingrays rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat the Wahine Ryders 27-21.
The Stingrays also captured the 14 and under girls championship, defeating Wahine Ryders 39-17.
“The games were what everybody expected,” said Officer Joseph Botelho, East Hawai`i HI-PAL coordinator. “The quality of play was great. The four days of the tournament never fails. It couldn’t have happened without everybody, from the parents of the participants, to the referees, to the announcers, people helping out with the event. It couldn’t have happened without everybody.”
Forty-nine teams from three different islands participated during the four-day tournament, which concluded at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. Early play was held at the Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium, Kawananakoa Gym, and Carvalho Park. Some games that were scheduled for the Hilo Armory were moved because of poor floor conditions.
HI-PAL Officer Botelho Retires
Botelho, a 32-year veteran of the Hawai` Police Department, retired following the tournament. Botelho served as East Hawai`i HI-PAL coordinator for the past ten years after 22 years in patrol. He expressed his appreciation for how the job has allowed him to be closer to his family, while giving back to the island’s youth at the same time.
“I got to spend time with my children and see them graduate,” Botelho said at the end of Sunday’s games. “If I was working shift work, I may not have had that chance.
“Being able to see kids come through our program and become successful, the name that will always stick out is Kolten Wong. He came through us with baseball as a 10 or 12 year old youth, launching home runs, and he’s in the World Series. It can happen.”
Kevin Kai`ea Pavel Skills Challenge results
Boys and girls of all ages competed in the Kevin Kai`ea Pavel Skills Challenge on Friday during the second day of the Winter Basketball Classic.
The challenged is named after Pavel, a former Hilo basketball player who died on Christmas morning six years ago after a battle with cancer. Participants took part in the Hot Shot and three-point shooting competitions.
Three-Point Shooting Competition winners:
9-10 boys – Koby Tabuyo-Kahele (Team Ballistic)
11-12 boys – Kai Nafarrete (Honolulu Sharks Green)
11-12 girls – Tanniya Uchida (Stingrays)
13-14 boys – Jay Young (Honolulu Sharks Green)
13-14 girls – Mandi Kawaha (Wahine Ryders)
Hot Shot Competition winners:
9-10 boys – Colby Casinas (Honolulu Sharks Gold)
11-12 boys – Liko Soares (Honolulu Sharks Green)
11-12 girls – Jamila Collins-Ebanez (Wahine Ryders)
13-14 boys – Elijah Dobson (Honolulu Sharks Green)
13-14 girls – Jaelina Wells (Wahine Ryders)