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Chanelle Molina Earns Four-Year Sweep of BIIF’s Top Award

March 21, 2016, 3:34 PM HST
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Chanelle Molina missed most of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation season with a high ankle injury that was suffered in Washington D.C. Despite the injury, her impact when she was on the court spoke volumes to coaches around the league.

Molina, the oldest of three sisters on the Konawaena High School girls basketball team, earned her fourth and final BIIF Player of the Year award, as announced by the league late last week.

Because of the high ankle sprain, Molina only played in four league games, along with all three outings in Konawaena’s state championship run. When she was healthy, as a statewide audience saw against Maryknoll in the state title game, she was unbeatable. She scored 24 points in the championship game against the Spartans.

Playing in 19 of her team’s 27 games, Molina averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game.

Earlier this month, Molina was named the Gatorade Hawai’i State Girls Basketball Player of the Year. It was the third time that she was awarded the state’s highest honor in the sport.


Bobbie Awa earned the BIIF’s Coach of the Year honor. She led the Wildcats to a 26-1 overall record, going 15-0 in BIIF and state play. Konawaena won its seventh state championship and eighth consecutive league title under her leadership.


All-BIIF Division I Girls Basketball Awards

First Team

Chanelle Molina, Konawaena


Alexis Pana, Hilo

Cherilyn Molina, Konawaena

Ihi Victor, Konawaena

Sharlei Graham-Bernisto, Hilo

Kizzah Maltezo, Honoka’a

Honorable Mention

Hilo – Mandi Kawaha, Faith Loeak, Cherish Quiocho

Honoka’a – Kawena Kaohimaunu, Bella Fernandez

Kea’au – Hunter Muranaka

Kealakehe – Ashlyn Cabatbat, Ivana-Kris Galvez, Nicole Cristobal

Konawaena – Mikayla Tablit, Celena Molina

Waiakea – Danielle Oda, Madison Hwang

Player of the Year – Chanelle Molina, Konawaena

Coach of the Year – Bobbie Awa, Konawaena

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