Big Isle briefs, Jan. 10

‘Excellence’ for UH-Hilo

UH-Hilo’s first athletic competition of the school year doesn’t come until next weekend, but the Vulcans already have earned an accolade.


UHH served its community during the pandemic, according to the NCAA, which last week named the Vulcans as a finalist for the Award of Excellence According to a release, the honor “exemplifies the Division II philosophy, identity, community engagement and student-athlete leadership.”

UHH and Concordia were each selected from the Pacific West Conference and earned $500 apiece as being named a finalist for a award that will be handed out Friday.

The NCAA recognized UHH for an effort last year in which a group of 10 – softball coach Callen Perreira, baseball coach Kallen Miyataki, women’s basketball coach David Kaneshiro, student-athletes Shelby Graber, Carolina Alfonsin, Skylar Thomas, Camille Strazzo, Macey Moen, Rustin Ho and athletic director Patrick Guillen harvested 15,000 ears of corn for a local food bank.

Hilo Little League registration

Hilo Little League will conduct player, coach, umpire and volunteer sign-ups from 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday, Jan. 17, and Sunday, Jan. 24 at Hualani Park – or “Keaukaha Park, B diamond” – at 160 Baker Avenue.

Sign-ups will be for tee-ball, minor, major, intermediate (50-70), junior and senior naseball divisions, along with minor, major, junior and senior girls softball divisions.


Adult volunteers are required to register and apply to become a coach or manager and must complete a Little League background check. Registration can also be done online at

For more information, contact Patricia (557-4702), Andy (345-3951) or visit the Hilo Little League website at

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