Thursday, April 24, 2014

WALL, RAPOZO, HANDY, GREENWELL AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS

BY BILL O'REAR | STEPHENS MEDIA

Three multisport standouts and an outstanding volleyball player are the recipients of the ninth Annual Roy Fujimoto Athletic Scholarships.

Each student-athlete will receive a $1,500 stipend to be used for college.

The scholarship winners are Keaau's Richard Handy Jr., Konawaena's Anuhea Wall, Honokaa's Tialana Greenwell and Waiakea's Morgan Rapozo.

The annual scholarship program -- named after former Big Island Inter-scholastic Federation Executive Director Roy Fujimoto, who retired in 2004 -- is for senior student-athletes. KTA Super Stores and the BIIF sponsor the program.

"Roy dedicated a lot of his life to the BIIF," said BIIF Executive Director Lyle Crozier, who oversees the nine-member scholarship selection committee.

Crozier said Fujimoto worked hard to improve the league in various ways, and he worked well with the BIIF's athletic directors and principals.

"But his thoughts were always with the student-athletes first and how we could make things better for them," Crozier said.

Forty-eight student-athletes from around the Big Island applied for the scholarships.

"We had some outstanding student-athletes in a quality pool of potential honorees," Crozier said. "The selection committee felt that Richard, Anuhea, Tialana and Morgan were well-rounded in their athletic accomplishments as well as in their strong academic work and community service."

Crozier added: "We commend the BIIF for another outstanding year of high school athletics on the Big Island. The student athletes that applied for the ninth Roy Fujimoto Senior Scholarships all submitted impressive resumes, and we recognize them for their commitment to athletics, academics and the community."

KTA Super Stores President Barry Taniguchi said the title sponsor "is honored to participate in this annual program, working hand-in-hand with the BIIF."

"We would like to extend our congratulations to the 2011 recipients," Taniguchi said. "We wish them well academically and athletically as they move on to the collegiate level."

The 2011 honorees:

c Keaau's Richard Handy Jr. was a four-year BIIF standout in basketball and soccer. In both sports, he earned All-BIIF first-team honors three times, the school's most outstanding player award and the coach's award.

He was one of the BIIF's most respected athletes on the soccer field and basketball court, and Cougar coaches often called him "a coach on the floor."

Handy had a cumulative grade point average of 3.91 to go along with a 1,610 SAT score. He plans on majoring in exercise and sports science at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., next year.

"Richie" is the son of Richard and Rianalyn Handy of Keaau.

c Konawaena's Anuhea Wall was an All-BIIF standout in basketball and volleyball. In basketball, she helped lead Konawaena to three straight league titles and two Hawaii High School Athletic Association Division I state crowns while playing for highly regarded Wildcats coach Bobbie Awa.

Wall, a team captain, was twice named to the all-tournament teams at the state basketball tournaments. She was also a two-time member of Hawaii's Fab 15 -- an all-state team selected annually by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

In volleyball, she was an All-BIIF first-team selection.

Wall carried a cumulative 3.689 GPA and had a 1,780 SAT score. She plans on majoring in humanities at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore.

She is the daughter of Thomas and Keala Wall of Kealakekua.

c Honokaa's Tialana Greenwell was an All-BIIF standout in cross country, soccer and track, earning outstanding player and coach's awards in all three sports.

In cross country, she was a three-time BIIF individual champion, and she placed second at the HHSAA state meet as a sophomore. She earned All-BIIF first-team honors three times each in cross country and track, and twice in soccer. She also was the BIIF champion in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs during her sterling career.

In soccer, Greenwell helped lead the Dragons to runner-up finishes at the BIIF Division II tournament in 2009 and 2010, and fifth-place finishes at the HHSAA state tournament in 2008 and 2011. In her junior season, she scored a team-high 18 goals.

Greenwell carried a cumulative 3.1 GPA and had a 1,230 SAT score. She plans on majoring in pre-athletic training at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colo.

Greenwell is the daughter of Alan and Tricia Greenwell of Honokaa.

c Waiakea's Morgan Rapozo was an All-BIIF standout in volleyball, helping lead the Warriors to the BIIF Division I title and a coveted berth in the HHSAA Division I state tournament. She earned all-tournament honors in the state tournament on Oahu.

Rapozo earned All-BIIF first-team honors her sophomore and senior seasons and All-BIIF second team honors in her freshman and sophomore seasons. A team captain, she excelled as an outside hitter, developing into one of the most feared hitters in the league.

As a senior, she led Waiakea to the St. Joseph preseason tournament title, earning most outstanding player honors. Rapozo carried a cumulative 3.7 GPA and had a 2,030 SAT score. She plans on majoring in business administration at the University of Portland in Oregon.

Rapozo is the daughter of Andrey Chan of Kurtistown.

Members of the selection committee are Crozier, Ron Tomosada (Pahoa athletic director), Keith Tolentino (Honokaa AD), Kalei Namohala (Ka'u AD), Stan Costales (Sports Line), Bill O'Rear (Tribune-Herald sports editor), Joe Ferraro (West Hawaii Today sports editor) and Craig Hamamoto (KTA Super Stores).
Roy Fujimoto, a former BIIF executive director, is an honorary member.

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