Big Isle briefs, Jan. 26

‘Big Dog’ Scholarships

Four Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph Scholarships worth $1,500 apiece are available to Big Island high school seniors who ran cross-country or track during their high school careers.


To be eligible, students also must be attending a two- or four-year college and have a grade-point average of at least 2.5. Volunteer activities and community service are also important factors, as well as financial need.

Applications are available by emailing or sunrisesports, and they must be submitted by April 11.

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

Joseph was a teacher, cross-country and track coach, mentor and runner for more than 20 years before dying in 2013, but through this scholarship – awarded annually since 2006 – his legacy lives on, with the help of Richard and Virginia Alderson.

Joseph always said, “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see young people enjoying life through sports participation.”

For more information, email rarkin24

Sunrise Athletics seeks donations

Sunrise Athletics is holding a sponsorship drive to raise funds for the following “Pay-It-Forward” initiatives

• Sunrise Athletics Senior Scholarship

• Travel to the Foot Locker cross-country west championships in California

• Wayne “Big Dog” Joseph Scholarships

• Sunrise Athletics-sponsored events

• Junior Olympics

• Rainy-day fund

Monetary donations can be made at sunrise-athletics or by checks written to Sunrise Sports Foundation, the club’s nonprofit (print out form on the website to attach to a check).

For more information, call Lance or MJ Tominaga at 937-4415 or 937-1930.

Vuls make grade

UH-Hilo student-athletes posted an overall fall grade-point average of 3.195 while dealing with mostly online classes, pushing its cumulative GPA to 3.193. The department’s previous record high for cumulative GPAs was 3.191, set through the spring semester of 2020.

The men’s golf team, under coach Earl Tamiya, had the highest team GPA for the fall at 3.559, and it has the highest cumulative GPA for a eam at 3.580.

Every Vulcans program had a fall GPA of 3.0 or better except for baseball, which just missed at 2.977.

For the list, see B2

Team Fall GPA-Cumulative

Baseball 2.977-2.935

Men’s basketball 3.393-3.077

Women’s basketball 3.476-3.572

Women’s cross-country 3.488-3.553

Men’s golf 3.559-3.580

Women’s golf 3.151-3.066

Men’s soccer 3.111-3.179

Women’s soccer 3.197-3.385

Softball 3.245-3.149

Men’s tennis 3.251-3.238

Women’s tennis 3.410-3.387


Volleyball 3.099-3.166

All sports 3.195-3.193

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