2 Sunday, February 26, 2017 Hawaii Tribune-Herald ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Kelvin Falk • basketball Courtesy photo Dec. 28, 2015-Jan. 3, 2016: At the time it was considered a big upset, and Falk engineered it, scoring 15 points as Honokaa wins at Kamehameha. Nick Mason • golf Associated Press Jan. 11-17: The former UH-Hilo Vulcans standout cards a 4-under 66 during the final round of the Sony Open, earning an $18,661.50 payday. Jordan Russell • basketball HOLLYN JOHNSON/Tribune-Herald Jan. 4-10: The UH-Hilo senior’s sixth 3-pointer beats the buzzer in OT, lifting the Vulcans to their first win of the season. Russell finishes 9 of 13 for 24 points. Parker Farris • basketball TIM WRIGHT/Tribune-Herald Jan. 18-24: The UH-Hilo junior hits nine 3-pointers and scores 32 points in a win, then hits the game-winner against Hawaii Pacific. Honor role: the leaders of 2016 By MATT GERHART Hawaii Tribune-Herald Welcome to the Tribune-Herald’s second annual celebration of the top performances of 2016 and a recap of our Athletes of the Week. From football to air riflery, BIIF athletes were honored with the majority of the selections, but several golfers (youth, amateur and pro) made their mark, along with Vulcans, endurance athletes, two paddlers, a rodeo star, youth baseball team, one Hawaii football player and more. The most popular name is Mykala – or Mikayla or Mekayla. Since former Konawaena two-sport standout Chanelle Molina wasn’t one of our weekly honorees – perhaps an oversight? – last year, Emma Taylor was the somewhat easy selection as our Athlete of the Year after she grabbed double gold in the hurdles at the HHSAA track and field championships in May, leading the Hawaii Prep girls to the state championship. In addition to honoring Taylor, on pages 6-7 we chronicle four of the top performers of the year: Kamehameha graduate Mykala Tokunaga (softball), UH-Hilo graduate Jordan Kurokawa (baseball) and pro golfers Britney Yada and Kevin Hayashi. In the case of Tokunaga, we’re paying homage to her career body of work, while Kurokawa, Yada and Hayashi could have been honored multiple times in 2016. You might want to remember many of the faces on theses pages – they are prime contenders to appear again next year.
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