Despite the stormy weather and flash flood watch, students made the best of their long anticipated winterball as the glitz, glam and fashion emerged at Oceans 808 on Restaurant Row. As guests strutted through the doors at Oceans 808, they were greeted by teachers and had the opportunity to vote for this year’s Winterball princess. While guests made their way through the nightclub, music and camera flashes filled the room as students captured all they could of their Winterball experience. “Winterball was much better than last year,” said junior Jasmine Soon. “It was a great way to spend time with my friends in an environment outside of school and I always love dressing up for these events!” For others, it was a bittersweet ending. “I loved Winterball! It was my last and BEST!” exclaimed Winterball princess, Ashley Kupau. “Winterball was fun,” said junior Chaena Meyer. “I’m really looking forward to next year.””It was fun,” claimed Amberlyn Tengan. “Good food, good company, good time.” “Winterball was okay. Oceans 808 was somewhat small, and seeing at it was a club I expected a better DJ,” said Darian Sarajina. “But through it all, I lived it up with my seniors!”
Sunday January 30,2011 marks the date of the annual National Football League Pro Bowl which will be returning to Hawaii’s Aloha Stadium this year.
After a brief dispute concerning the changed location from Hawaii to Miami for Pro Bowl 2010, Roger Goodell commissioner of the Pro Bowl changed the location back to Hawaii for Pro Bowl 2011. The decision to change the location didn’t surprise the professional players or their coaches.
This year the head coach for the NFC will be Coach Mike Smith from the Atlanta Falcons, and for the AFC Coach Bill Bellchick from the New England Patriots. With popular players chosen to participate in this game, there will be a few that will miss out.
Players from the Green Bay Packers as well as the Pittsburg Steelers that were chosen to play in the Pro Bowl 2011 will not be able to participate due to the Super Bowl XLV that they will be playing in a week following the Pro Bowl. This is the second season in which the Pro Bowl is held a week prior to the Super Bowl.
Due to the Super Bowl XLV, the AFC team will suffer a loss losing four of their players from the Pittsburg Steelers, as well as the NFC team whom will lose six of their chosen players.
Hawaii looks forward to another successful Pro Bowl as the hotels get ready to host the professional athletes and as the school facilities get ready to hold the AFC and NFC practices.
Hosted at it’s new location, Manoa Recreation Center, the annual Merv Lopes Holiday Classic has become yet another successful basketball tournament.
Not only did this tournament consist of a boys tournament, but this year Saint Francis added a girls tournament to this annual classic.
Coordinator and Coach, Sol Batoon said, “This year was very successful. There was a high attendance, good competition, and we hosted the top four teams in the state which made it a better quality tournament.,” when asked about his thoughts of this year’s tournament.
Featured in the boy’s tournament were the top four teams in boys varsity basketball, consisting of Farrington, Punahou, Leilehua, and Kamehameha Big Island. The girls tournament also had two of the top teams for the girls varsity; Mid-Pacific Institute and Maryknoll High School.
To widen the competition, Saint Francis hosted teams not from the island of Oahu. Kamehameha Big Island’s boys and girls varsity teams were welcomed to the tournament as well as Mount Douglas Secondary School (Canada), and Houston High School (Alaska). Other than these outer island teams, the tournament consisted of teams from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and the Oahu Interscholastic Association.
History was made for Saint Francis School as the Merv Lopes classic named the second team all-tournament teams, as well as the champions for the three-point shooting contest. After putting up a season high of 26 points during one of the Saints’ games, sophomore Keoni Tom-Millare made second team all-tournament; being the first boy representing Saint Francis to be named second team. Hitting three three-pointers as well as the extra 3 point money shot during the three-point shooting contest, junior Jasmine Soon was announced the first girls three-point shooting competition winner.
Aside from the exciting games that were played and aside from an amusing three-point competition, the real reason as to why these teams are joined here is no surprise.
Many people contemplate the reason as to why Saint Francis hosts a tournament for Merv Lopes and many people who haven’t read his story in the Classic program wonder who Merv Lopes really is.
“Coach Merv Lopes is an icon for basketball in Hawaii,” praises Coach Sol Batoon. Leading the Chaminade basketball team to one of ESPN’s top 20 upsets in college basketball by defeating the number one ranked Virginia Cavaliers in 1982, Coach Merv Lopes has become a basketball legend.
Alumni of Iolani School as well as San Jose State, Coach Merv coached at Kailua High School as well as Kalaheo High School before coaching at Chaminade University. He currently resides on the Big Island, and has been the camp coordinator for the Pete Newell Big Man Camp in Las Vegas and Honolulu for the past ten years. He coached the Western Samoa National basketball team and it is currently his seventh season helping to coach the CBA team in Hangzhou, China.
Coach Merv has truly been a profound and inspiring person and coach throughout his life.
Next year’s tournament look’s very promising, with more good competition for both the boys and girls.