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SHORT HOPS | PAGE 2B B SPORTS ONLINE NFL | PRO BOWL ALL-BIIF GIRLS BASKETBALL | DIVISION I Hawaii Island’s oldest and most well known footrace hit a milestone on Saturday as the Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club celebrated 35 years of hosting the Mac-A-Thon 10K and 5K races. Traditionally held on the eve of Easter, the Mac-A-Thon and Chanelle in a word: magic KONAWAENA SENIOR GOES OUT WITH ANOTHER POY HONOR Chanelle Molina’s basketball idol is Michael Jordan, who had a killer instinct in championship games, just like the Konawaena senior. But Molina has more in common with Magic Johnson, bestowed with the label of making his teammates better. That’s the best description for the 5-foot-7 guard, who constantly pushed herself and her teammates to the point where hard its post-race festivities has entertained several generations of barefoot runners and paddlers dating back to 1982. To truly appreciate Mac-A-Thon’s rich history and Hawaiian culture, one must go back to the beginning, a story that’s been told many times before. A NUMBERS GAME| CHANELLE MOLINA’S RESUME The tale begins with Rafael Ramirez, president of the Keoua Honaunau Canoe Club, who conceived the idea of a major fundraising event at the start of paddling season that would generate enough income to pay for association dues, insurance, transportation to races, and eventually, the goal to purchase a Koa wood canoe of their own. At that time, the canoe club had been borrowing Koa canoes during race season as Moku O Hawaii, the outrigger canoe racing association, required that all paddling races use Koa wood canoes to perpetuate the art of authentic Hawaiian canoe racing. Being a small club with limited resources and needing to purchase a Koa wood canoe of their own, Ramirez, who routinely ran up and down the roads of Honaunau barefoot to keep in shape, thought a big running event would be a great way to raise the needed funds than through door-to-door sales of Molokai sweetbread, Famous Amos cookies and Portuguese sausage. Longtime club members and supporters instantly gravitated to his idea and offered input toward making it a unique South Kona event in hopes to attract families with young children as well as the island’s most competitive athletes. Jack’s Diving Locker Kama aina Dive Club Discounts on Dive Trips Discounts on Equipment Dive Travel to Exotic Locations 808-329-7585 www.jacksdivinglocker.com ’ Add some adventure to your life! Since 1981 LeBron moves up all-time list in FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2016 | WEST HAWAII TODAY Cavs’ victory RANI HENDERSON RUNNIN’ WITH RANI Mac-A-Thon celebrates 35 Years work became muscle memory. Magic retired in 1996 before Molina was born. But the passfirst point guard is immortalized with YouTube videos. Molina was voted the BIIF Division I Player of the Year, capping her career as the most accomplished athlete in league history. Joining Molina on the first team are sister and sophomore guard Cherilyn Molina, senior teammate forward Ihi Victor, Hilo seniors Lexi Pana and Sharlei Graham-Bernisto, and Honokaa senior Kizzah Maltezo. Konawaena junior forward Celena Molina received honorable mention as well as sophomore guard Mikayla Tablit. Konawaena’s Bobbie Awa was named the BIIF Coach of the BY KEVIN JAKAHI HAWAII TRIBUNE-HERALD 3 BIIF Player of the Year Honors 4 All-BIIF first team selections 2 HHSAA state titles 1 Scholarship to Washington St. RICK WINTERS/WEST HAWAII TODAY Opt-out deadline for Pro Bowl contract extended to May THE ASSOCIATED PRESS HONOLULU — The National Football League and the state of Hawaii have an additional two months to talk about holding next year’s Pro Bowl in the islands, tourism officials said Thursday. Both sides now have until May 31 to opt out of a contract for the Pro Bowl to be held in Honolulu next year, the Hawaii Tourism Authority said. They had faced a Thursday deadline. “Hawaii loves the Pro Bowl, and we’ve been making a good case with them to keep the game here,” said Leslie Dance, the agency’s vice president of marketing and product development. The extension allows the sides to keep talking without the deadline pressure, she said. The tourism agency paid the NFL $5 million to host the all-star game at Aloha Stadium in January. The contract calls for the tourism authority to pay another $5 million to bring it back in 2017. The game was held in Glendale, Arizona, last year. Hawaii hosted the event for 30 years until the NFL moved it to Miami in 2010. Dance said the television broadcast of the 2014 Pro Bowl gave Hawaii exposure worth $26.2 million. The game also brought 15,000 visitors to the islands, she said. The game comes in “the dead of winter on the mainland and some of our other markets. So people get to see how beautiful, warm and sunny it is in Hawaii,” Dance said. SEE RANI PAGE 2B SEE MOLINA PAGE 2B Billy Barnett was the first 10K runner to cross the finish line at the Mac-A-Thon. RICK WINTERS/WEST HAWAII TODAY


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