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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Friday, December 17, 2004

Achievements by athletes in Hawai'i. Photo/story submissions to totalrec@honoluluadvertiser.com.

Seven complete channel from Lana'i to Maui

Advertiser Staff

Five swimmers from the Aulea Swim Club got to work off their Thanksgiving feast by swimming nine miles from Lana'i to Maui on Nov. 26.

Celebrating their swim across the 'Au'au Channel are, from left, Aaron Schmaltz, Mark Baker, Elise Baker, MacKenzie Miller, Jessa Baker and Paulo DeAzevedo.

Kaylen Baker photo

Paulo DeAzevedo, 15, Jessa Baker, 17, MacKenzie Miller, 14, Elise Baker, 13, and Aaron Schmaltz, 13, successfully swam across the 'Au'au Channel.

They swam in two groups accompanied by escort boats. The fastest group finished in 4 hours, 24 minutes; the other group in 4:46.

Why did they swim the channel?

"For the same reason why people climb mountains. It's a challenge," said Mark Baker, 48, Elise's father who also swam the channel with the group. Mike Miller, another parent and accomplished distance swimmer, also joined the group.


Hawai'i senior team winners in Las Vegas

A Hawai'i 65-and-over senior softball team coached by Alex Kane won two titles in Las Vegas in September and October.

The team, composed of players from O'ahu, Hilo and Kaua'i, won the Senior Softball World Series Championships and, two weeks later, captured the Las Vegas Senior Softball Association World Masters Championship.

Playing on both championship teams and selected MVP was shortstop Daniel Ayala (Hilo). Joining Ayala on the Senior Softball World Series Championship All-Tournament Team were Frank Daniels, Joseph DeSa, Daniel Mahiko, from O'ahu, and Peter Oliveira, from Hilo.

Joining Ayala on the Las Vegas Association World Masters All-Tournament Team were Maurice Matsuzaki, George Rego, Louis Souza, and Austin Whiting, all from O'ahu.

Others playing on both teams were Celestine DeMello (Hilo), Gordon Dolinar, Benjamin Kam, Melvin Kauhane, Francis Lum, and Peter Oliveira (Hilo).

All team members will be awarded personally engraved championship rings.

Hawai'i had entries in the 50, 55, 60, and 70 age-group tournaments.


Holy Nativity student is event's hot shot

Kyle Peterson, 11, a student at Holy Nativity School in 'Aina Haina, won the Glenn Martin Hot Shot Challenge.

The event was part of the seventh annual Palama Settlement Brother Noland Goodwill Basketball Tournament. More than 40 teams competed in different age groups.

Each division championship team designated a shooter for competition that includes age groups from 11 to 17.

He won a 'ukulele and four free 'ukulele lessons from Brother Noland.


Volunteers sought for wheelchair tourneys

The Central O'ahu Regional Park Tennis Complex will be the site of two professional International Tennis Federation Wheelchair Championships next year.

The complex will play host to a veterans (ages 35 to 85) tournament and the ITF Wheelchair Championships. Both count toward international rankings.

The Open event will be Oct. 12 to 16, the week after the U.S. Open Wheelchair Championships in San Diego.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to work the tournament. For details, call 677-1334 or email beede@aloha.net or dav@hawaiitennis.org.