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.

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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.

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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 https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/default.aspx?tabid=2439940.

For more information, contact Patricia (557-4702), Andy (345-3951) or visit the Hilo Little League website at https://tshq.bluesombrero.com/hilolittleleague.

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