All-star games to conclude hoops season
LAHAINA — One of the year’s top youth sports events tips off this Saturday morning, as the West Maui Youth Basketball League (WMYBL) and the County of Maui present the 25th annual All-Star Games and Award Ceremony at the Lahaina Civic Center Gymnasium.
This year’s extravaganza — including all-star contests in the Tiny Mite, Peewee and Midget divisions, along with award presentations at half-time of each game — will be sponsored by Leilani’s on the Beach restaurant. The Tiny Mite game starts at 9 a.m., followed by the Peewees at 10:30 a.m. and the Midgets at noon.
“It has been a great season for all the kids, and we extend our thanks to the entire West Side community for their support of the league,” said WMYBL Commissioner Don Rosenthal.
“Our focus is always on the kids having fun and emphasizing sportsmanship within the guidelines of the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), and I think we’ve been successful in this regard. A big mahalo to all of our sponsors; to my wife, Phyllis; and to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.”
For the Tiny Mites, the West team will be coached by the division-leading Hawks’ leader Jason “Stoked” Donez, joined by Steve Savou and Joaquin Donez from the Hawks; Matai Mata’afa, Kahanu Viitala and Issac Niles representing the Lakers; Kealaula Medeiros, Max McKuin and Kasen Gordon of the Magic; Joshua McKinney from the Clippers; Lance Abut and James Smythe representing the Blazers; and Taai Galoia of the Pistons.
The Tiny Mite East squad, guided by Rainbows coach Jolynn Casco, includes Will Casco representing the Rainbows; Liam Chadli and Anthony Nunez of the Bulls; Treven Tihada and Tre “And One” Rickard from the Timberwolves; Esekielu Storer and Alexa Acosta representing the Rebels; Toby “The Glove II” Mizuno, Vakea Atay and Shawn Abut of the Knicks; and Kalai Yap and Asa Howard from the Celtics.
For the Peewee Division East team, coached by Andy Alavazo of the Knicks, the roster includes Jalen Mentz, Nainoa Ko and Bonnie Gunn from the Knicks; Reeno Pascual and Aukai Kama representing the Magic; Sione Fatongia of the Rockets; Carter Stockham and Shane Ramos from the Lakers; Toby Chen of the Rainbows; and Braleanna Estabillo, Jasmine McKinney and Jacob Ramelb representing the Timberwolves.
The West squad will be led by Gerald Ching of the Pistons. His roster includes Antonio Savou and Gunner Locke from the Bulls; Pakela Cabrerra, C.J. Palma and Taylor Salmon of the Hawks; Angieline Taufa and Kai Casco representing the Rebels; Richard Chun, Stew Freeman and Duke Freeman from the Blazers; and Siale Hafoka of the Celtics.
In the feature contest of the day, the Midget Division game for middle school-age players, the East squad will be coached by Ray Lasco of the Hawks. His team will be made up of Ansen Cabanilla, Kalalani Caban and Andilyn Alavazo representing the Hawks; Jonah Ventura and Aaron Pologa from the Celtics; Krek Franz, Jacob Ramirez and Nick Ramirez of the Knicks; and Kia Kenolio-Dusenberry, Scott Tangatailoa, Ryan Delatori and Lalelei Mata’afa from the Magic.
The West team will be guided by Mario Balagso — in his record pace 25th consecutive year with the WMYBL — representing the Pistons. He will lead a team made up of Nicholas Agdeppa, Bryan Burges and Lucas Bell from the Lakers; Windell Taylan, Jayzel Misay and Matini Kaai of the Pistons; Ariel Domingo, Jacob McCoy and Christian Pascua representing the Blazers; and Rernzo Corpuz, Zac Carlton and Sky Freeman of the Timberwolves.