Big Isle briefs, Dec. 30

Big Dog scholarships

Big Dog scholarships

Applications are being accepted for the 11th annual Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph Scholarships.

The scholarships will go to four graduating seniors in recognition of their participation in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation cross-country or track program.

The committee will select four recipients, who will each receive a $1,000 college scholarship.

The purpose of the scholarship is to financially assist qualified student athletes to pursue their goals of higher education and to ultimately make a positive contribution to the island community.

To be selected means the student-athlete has demonstrated not only a willingness to make the sacrifices necessary to excel in his or her running activities, but also strives toward excellence in all aspects of school and community endeavors.

Wayne Joseph, who died in January 2013 from glioblastoma (brain cancer), was an avid runner and community volunteer.

His wife, Randee Arkin Joseph, said her husband always said, “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see young people enjoying life through sports participation.”

Applications can be found on the Big Island Road Runners website or by contacting Randee at

Hilo AYSO registration

The Hilo section of the American Youth Soccer Organization is looking for volunteers and players for the spring season, and registration in ongoing through Jan. 15.

Players must be 4 years old by March 31. Mail $60 and a registration form to AYSO PO Box 5000, Hilo, HI 96720.

Forms available at Sports Line, 417 Kalanikoa Street, or at Life Care Center of Hilo, 944 West Kawailani Street and online

For more information, contact Chris Ridley at 443-7360 or

Keaau seeks football coach

Keaau High School is accepting applications for head football coach.

The deadline to apply is Thursday, and all applicants must be willing and able to pass a criminal background check and be interviewed by a selection panel.

For more information, contact the athletic office at 313-3450.

Hilo coaches are sought

Hilo High is accepting head coaching applications for the following fall sport vacancies: air riflery, cheerleading and football.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday.

Application form can be picked up at the schools main office.

For more information, call the athletic director at 313-5600.

Hilo Little League sign-ups

Hilo Little League is holding registration for baseball players, managers and coaches for ages 8-16 through Jan. 4.

In addition, Softball sign-ups for ages 8-18 runs through Feb. 28.

Player registration, medical forms, proofs of residency requirements and manager or coach applications can be obtained by calling 319-8106.

The first deadline for coaching applications is Dec. 31. Late applicants will be placed on a wait-list.