Keiki Shine at Maui Rodeo

By Maggie Cassidy
The Molokai Dispatch

Noel Tancayo may be only 9 years old, but she’s no stranger to rodeos. The youngster won her ninth buckle at the 56th annual Makawao Rodeo during the July 4th weekend, placing first in the junior keiki barrel event and fourth in open wahine division.

“It’s actually pretty fun ‘cause you just experience riding a horse, and you feel like you’re falling off but you’re not,” she said.

Tancayo was one of four Molokai youth who participated in the rodeo, hosted by the Maui Roping Club at Oskie Rice Arena on Maui. The Friendly Isle was represented by Meleana Pa-Kala, 10; Jayden Tabilangan, 12; and Kapua Lee, 12. About 10 Molokai adults also competed, according to Molokai participant Sale Sproat.One of only six wahine who finished in the 19-second range in the open division, the 61-pound Tancayo made her mark among nearly 40 participants – and onlookers noticed.

“She’s this little tiny girl out there flying around the barrels,” said her mother, Sherry Tancayo. “She gets a lot of crowd reception.” Continue reading “Keiki Shine at Maui Rodeo”

Lowrie Leaves an Impression: Rookie Delivers Early and Late for Red Sox

By Maggie Cassidy
Globe Correspondent

Before last night’s game, a frenzy surrounding Manny Ramirez’s departure to the Dodgers and Jason Bay’s arrival from the Pirates had taken over Fenway Park.

But while Bay shined in his Red Sox debut, reaching base three times, scoring both Boston runs, and tripling to start the winning rally in the 12th inning, another star emerged. One who’s been with the Sox for almost a month.

Jed Lowrie, who was recalled from Pawtucket July 13 after Julio Lugo was placed on the 15-day disabled list, drove in Bay twice – including the deciding run on an infield single – to help lead the Sox to a 2-1 win over the Oakland A’s.

“It was just a matter of me going out there and trusting my game,” Lowrie said. “I was able to get a couple hits and hit a sac fly and hit a sac bunt, so I felt like I did it all tonight.” Continue reading “Lowrie Leaves an Impression: Rookie Delivers Early and Late for Red Sox”

Sign Of a Champion: Learning Center’s NEPSAC Banner Understood By All

By Maggie Cassidy
Globe Correspondent

On the bench to the right of the scoring table at Noble & Greenough’s Rappaport Gymnasium yesterday, young women in bright blue basketball uniforms began their intimidating battle cry, bringing down one foot at a time — stomp, stomp — before smacking their hands in unison — clap, clap.

They repeated the bone-shaking rally throughout the game — stomp, stomp, clap, clap, stomp, stomp, clap, clap. And while their teammates on the court couldn’t hear the noise the bench produced, they knew it was there.

The Learning Center for the Deaf relied on pure teamwork to capture the NEPSAC Class D girls’ basketball championship with a convincing 43-35 win over Chase Collegiate of Waterbury, Conn.

It was the first time in NEPSAC history a deaf team made it to the championship game.

‘‘I feel like a lot of people actually are shocked,’’ senior Danielle Sprague signed through interpreter Crista DeBenedictis. ‘‘No one believes that a deaf team could win, and here we are, proving today that it doesn’t matter if you’re a deaf team or a hearing team. It doesn’t matter. You can win.’’ Continue reading “Sign Of a Champion: Learning Center’s NEPSAC Banner Understood By All”